Rotorua is an unforgettable place where otherworldly geothermal features, from geysers to boiling mud pools, are the backdrop for adventure activities and some of New Zealand’s most accessible Maori 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 Maori massage. Then take in one of Rotorua’s many cultural experiences, from a soul-satisfying forest walk with a Maori guide to a stirring powhiri followed by dinner cooked in a traditional Maori 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 Maori. 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

Otherworldly 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.