Photo: Polynesian Spa, Destination Rotorua


Rotorua is an unforgettable place where other-worldly geothermal features, from geysers to boiling mud pools, are the backdrop for adventure activities and some of New Zealand’s most accessible Māori cultural experiences. World-class geothermal spa resorts ensure a well-balanced vacation!

Explore the Rotorua Region

Leave the ordinary world behind and explore a place where the hazards on the local golf course are bubbling mud pools. Watch a geyser erupt, pick your way around steaming hot pools, or visit one of the geothermal spa complexes for a relaxing soak or Māori massage. Then take in one of Rotorua’s many cultural experiences, from a soul-satisfying forest walk with a Māori guide to a stirring powhiri, or welcome,  followed by dinner cooked in a traditional hangi.

Regional Destinations

Rotorua Busy lakeside town with a deep cultural heart in a geothermal setting.

Lake Rotoma Peaceful lake popular with New Zealand campers.


Visit a geothermal park to see active geysers and bubbling mud pools. Watch a kapa haka performance by local Māori. Soak away your evening in a hot thermal pool. See real kiwi birds at a wildlife park. Sample fun – and sometimes hair-raising – adventure activities. Fish for trout or go boating in a Rotorua lake.

Strange Land

Other-worldly features such as bubbling mud pools are commonplace in Rotorua. The region makes the most of these eye-catching natural features with a number of popular visitor areas that allow you to get up close to the region’s most spectacular geothermal wonders in safety.


Destinations, North Island

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