TOP 5 THINGS IN ROTORUA, New Zealand (or is that 6?)
By: Kay Clarke @rotorua.co.nz
MAORI CULTURE AND HISTORY
Rotorua has been welcoming visitors from around the world since the 1800’s. For generations the local Maori people have been hosting and entertaining, and for many it is an everyday part of life. Visitors can choose from a range of options of entertainment, hangi feasts, interactive learning, all giving an insight into the rich tapestry of Maori history, and how the culture has adapted and evolved with the Maori people of today.
Photo: Haka World Small Image
The fascination of bubbling mud and geysers create an awesome spectacle. The city of Rotorua has been built amongst the thermal activity which is still used by some residents for heating, cooking and bathing. The colours and formations created by the thermal activity have to be seen to be believed, and the rising steam creates an eerie tranquillity. The thermal areas are known for their distinctive, and unforgettable, sulphur smell. The smell is very localised and easy to escape within a few minutes’ drive.
Photo: Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland - Lady Knox Geyser
SPAS AND HOT POOLS
The perfect place for some luxury and pampering, Rotorua uses its geothermal mud and waters to provide spa therapies and bathing options to world class standards. You can choose from central city mineral bathing, in pools overlooking the steaming lake edges of Lake Rotorua, or explore a little further to secluded hot springs in natural bush settings.
Photo Polynesian Spa Priest Spa Small
ADVENTURE AND ADRENALIN
From the thrills of white water rafting down a 7 metre waterfall, to mountainbiking on trails through the forests, Rotorua makes the most of its wonderful features provided by nature. Home to a wide range of activities for challenging yourself, you can roll down a grassy hill inside a transparent globe, or challenge yourself with a four-wheel drive safari, take a horseback ride through farmland, or luge down the side of a mountain. There’s something for everyone so make sure you allow plenty of time for your visit.
Photo: Wet n Wild Happy Image
LAKES AND FORESTS
The 13 lakes within the region are a trout fisherman’s paradise, abundant with rainbow and brown trout. Much of the lake edge is surrounded by native New Zealand bush, with songbirds and wildlife, perfect to explore on foot for short walks or day hikes, or take a lake cruise across the crystal clear waters. Redwoods thrive in the climate and there are many walking tracks amongst the redwood forests within a short distance of the central city.
FRIENDLY PEOPLE – Okay I know that’s 6 but it’s just as important
Rotorua is a small community of around 70,000 people. This is definitely the place for you to meet the real New Zealanders with many of the local businesses in second or third generations of ownership. Rotorua takes pride in making visitors feel welcome, and you’ll often be greeted by a friendly Kia Ora or wave from the locals.
Photo: Girl & Carving large
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