Unmissable natural attractions in Rotorua

May 25,2015

Rotorua is a geothermic wonderland and one of New Zealand’s most thrilling adventure destinations. With explosive volcanic mud pools, sparkling lakes and breathtaking scenery, this little corner of Godzone is an unforgettable holiday destination.

Rotorua has something for everyone and with last minute deals and accommodation specials available year round, it’s easy to find the perfect getaway hotel close to all the must-see attractions.

Te Puia

Just five minutes drive from the centre of Rotorua, Te Puia allows visitors to immerse themselves in Maori culture while experiencing a spectacular showcase of Mother Nature in action. The area is home to some of the most stunning geothermal wonders including the jumping mud pools and the world-famous Pohutu Geyser, which explodes up to 20 times a day. Visitors to Te Puia can also take in a traditional Maori culture show, watch master carvers at work or learn the skills of these ancient crafts for themselves with a flax-weaving workshop. For the perfect end to the day, sample some of the delicious native cuisine, prepared using geothermal cooking techniques.

Whakarewarewa Forest

Nature’s playground for mountain bikers, hikers and horse riders, Whakarewarewa Forest is proof that the best things in life really are free. Red Bull has rated the Whakarewarewa trails among the top eight in the world, but for those who wish to explore at a slower pace, there's an array of hiking and running trails. Beginning at the majestic Redwood Grove, visitors can explore the 55,000 hectare forest of towering Californian Redwoods, lush native bush and exotic trees, with longer hikes offering stunning views of Rotorua. The forest is a short drive from the centre of the city. If you choose to walk or bike, there is also a scenic route that takes you off the main roads. More information on how to get there can be found on The Redwoods – Whakarewarewa Forest website.

Spa retreat in New Zealand

Polynesian Spa

The perfect place to unwind and relax, Polynesian Spa is internationally renowned and a must-do for visitors to Rotorua. Hot mineral pools fed with water from both the Priest and Rachel Springs are set amongst native New Zealand flora, overlooking Lake Rotorua. A wonderfully unique experience, Maori have been bathing in the acidic and alkaline mineral waters for generations. The former is said to provide relief for tired muscles, aches and pains, while the latter leaves skin soft and supple. Take the whole family, book a private pool or indulge with one of the range of natural spa treatments available.

Lake Rotorua

One of 18 lakes in the area, Lake Rotorua is the result of a huge eruption around 200,000 years ago, which created a circular depression measuring about 16 kilometres wide. Geothermal activity continues around the lake today, creating the beautiful green-blue coloration of the water and causing clouds of steam to drift around the shore. Visitors can hike one of the many surrounding trails, cruise the lake on a stern-wheel paddle driven boat or take a thrilling jet boat ride with a Kawarau Jet. For a fun family option, hop aboard an amphibious World War II landing craft and experience the lake with Rotorua Duck Tours.

Rotorua is a 40-minute flight from Auckland or an hour and 10 minute flight from Wellington. The national carrier offers four flights a day from each location and numerous ‘grabaseat’ deals. For affordable accommodation that is central to all the city’s most spectacular natural attractions, Millennium Hotels and Resorts offers a range of hotel packages and last minute deals that you can take advantage of.


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