After a packed vacation exploring Rotorua, unwind at the surreal geothermal valley of Hells Gate. This is home to New Zealand's largest active mud volcano, featuring boiling hot pools, geysers, hot water lakes and even land coral! There are several mud baths and sulphurous spas which you can soak in, they naturally increase blood circulation and help cleanse and soften your skin while you enjoy the stunning geothermal landscape views from the spa. With numerous pools of varying temperatures and healing properties, as well as special areas for couples and families, your spa experience won't feel crowded and you'll leave feeling revitalized and ready to discover what else New Zealand has to offer!
The Rotorua Skyline Gondola offers one of the best views of Rotorua city and out towards the geothermal areas and lakes. As you ascend Mt Ngongotaha, these striking views will slowly be revealed, with the prime view at the top of the mountain. Once at the top, you'll be spoiled with choice to soak in your surroundings, depending on the time you head up, you can grab lunch or dinner at the Stratosfare restaurant for a gastronomic delight made of locally sourced produce.
Had a long and tiring day of sightseeing around Rotorua? Book through Klook and get to unwind inside the famous Polynesian Spa, a highly touted institution known for its unique and relaxing baths. It’s also the home of Acidic and Alkaline springs, which you won’t find in any other spa in the city, the country, and the rest of the world. The geothermal baths are well-loved by the locals because its soothing hot waters can eliminate the toxins on your skin, assuage the tensions of your muscles, loosen your bones, and quell any unease that your soul may have. The spa is situated on the shores of the gorgeous Lake Rotorua. You’ll be able to enjoy breathtaking views of it as you relax inside a pool. Visiting this spa is definitely a must for those looking to take a break from touring around New Zealand.
The Hells Gate geothermal park is home to New Zealand's largest active mud volcano and the Southern Hemisphere's largest hot waterfall, as well as several other natural features. On your guided tour you'll not only learn about these natural wonders, but also the history and culture of the local Maori people and the significance of this land to their ancestors. It's a fun and interactive experience where you'll be able to touch and feel the three different types of mud produced here, from the silky grey mud to the cold white mud- ask your guide about the healing properties of each one!
Whether you are an early bird or prefer to sleep in, you can enjoy a meal and cruise on the scenic Lake Rotorua that fits your schedule. The hour long cruise boasts panoramic views of Rotorua and as you glide down the lake, you'll be able to spot Sulphur Bay, Kawaha Point and Mokoia Island. The Captain will also add insightful commentary about these landmarks, so make sure you stay tuned to learn about these beautiful sights. All of the three meal cruises are buffet style so you can enjoy a variety of local and exotic dishes, and they also cater for gluten free and vegetarians, so it is suitable for everyone!
You'll need at least half a day to fully experience the quintessential New Zealand offerings of Te Puia. Set on 60 hectares of geothermal valley, there are several natural features to see, most notably the famous Pohutu Geyser, which is the largest active geyser in the whole of the Southern Hemisphere! There are also other geysers, mud pools and steam vents to sight for those fascinated by geothermal activity. The other main feature of Te Puia is the rich Maori culture; here you can learn about their history, culture and art forms with live demonstrations of wood carving and weaving.
Any visit to New Zealand isn't complete without experiencing the local culture, and the Whakarewarewa Village is New Zealand's only true living Maori village. With over five generations having lived here, you'll learn about the fascinating use of the geothermal valley in their day to day lives. From bathing to cooking and heating their homes, the geothermal wonders aren't just a spectacular sight. Whakarewarewa Village is also home to the famous Pohutu and Prince of Wales Feathers geysers, so keep an eye out to watch them burst with plumes of steam.
Spend a night discovering the rich Maori culture through story telling, dance and song. You'll get to feast on a delicious banquet made with the traditional Hangi method, where you food is cooked in a pit underground from hot rocks and the earth. You can partake in the traditional poi dance or even the renowned haka to truly immerse yourself in the local culture. Then be enthralled by the beauty and sublime power of the natural geothermal wonders that dot the 60 hectares of geothermal land of Te Puia.
Book a convenient private or shared airport transfer that will take you directly to your hotel in the city. Skip the congested roads and highways as your professional driver takes the shortest route to your destination. Get along with other travelers or update your family and friends back home with the free onboard WiFi service. For airport pick-ups, proceed to the Super Shuttle holding rank immediately outside of the arrival terminal main exit where a friendly driver will be waiting for you.