A popular tourist destination, the city of Rotorua is situated in the Bay Rotorua on the northern island of New Zealand and is a major region for both international and domestic travelers as well. Home to over 68,000 residents, Rotorua is the heart of the North Islands, and is located just 50 miles north of Taupo and only 140 miles southeast of Auckland. Famous for a variety of reasons, this part of the island is perhaps most famous for its geothermal activity including geysers, hotsprings and more. Over 18 lakes, forest, mud pools, cultural sites and spas are just a taste all this popular destination has to offer.
A long history, the Maori culture has been part of this landscape for thousands of years. Today, visitors have the opportunity to experience this long history and unique culture in a variety of ways. Stories, music, art and festivals retold and created by the Te Arawa Maori have been delighting visitors for over 150 years. Eat like the Maori, hear their stories and feel the beat of their culture and tradition.
In terms of this culture, some of the most popular activities in the area include:
Buried Village of Te Wairoa, New Zealand’s most visited archaeological sites where stories of the 1886 Tarawera Eruption come to life.
Mitai Maori Village, a great way to enjoy a meal, see some performances and learn about the past.
Ohinemutu is a thermal village located on the shores of Lake Rotorua and only ten minutes on foot from downtown. Home to the Ngati Whakaue tribe, these people came to the area almost 1000 years ago and chose this location for its thermal energy.
In terms of the natural world, some of the most popular activities and sites in the region include not only just popular natural areas but adrenaline filled destinations ranging from riverjets to paddletours to an adrenalin forest and whitewater rafting trips not to mention the skyline and multiday adventures and parasailing. However, the real stars of the show are the natural areas including:
Waimangu Volcanic Valley is a popular destination which offers visitors self and guided opportunities toi journey through time surrounded by volcanic craters and more. From cruises to walking tours, begin your journey at the Waimangu Volcanic Valley’s nature center and find out more.
Te Puia is another geothermal must see. Filled with geysers and boiling mud pools, this destination offers more than just views but gardens and cultural sites as well.
Hell’s Gate may sound daunting however, this geothermal park is a popular attraction and mud bath spa. Locally owned by the Maori, it is a great way to enjoy the unique properties of the area.
Hundreds of other sites and areas of interest are found in and around the city, a beautiful and exciting area for any traveler. Island Trader Vacations reviews this and more top destinations and areas with you. Be informed, be inspired and enjoy travel with Island Trader Vacations reviews.