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In and Around Rotorua
For Lord of the Rings fans, nature lovers and adventurers, Rotorua makes a great base
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Geysers & Glowworms
Adventure into Rotorua's caves, sight steaming springs and dip in to mud pools
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Maori Culture
Witness a haka, feast on a traditional hangi meal and delve deep into native culture
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Top sights in Rotorua

Located in northern New Zealand, Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland that’s teeming with many relaxing destinations. The city has a bit of something for everyone whether you’re looking for a romantic trip and some relaxing spa treatments, an outdoor adventure with friends, or just a relaxing weekend taking in some Maori culture. Tick off many items on your Rotorua must-see list when you explore its hot springs, cultural sites, and adventure parks. Check out this helpful travel guide and discover what the city has in store for you!

Te Puia

Situated in the Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, Te Puia is home to the striking Pohutu Geyser. Identified as the largest in New Zealand, Pohutu Geyser spurts hot water and steam up to twenty times per day, each burst can reach heights of up to 30 meters. Aside from the geyser, you can also visit the impressive New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Once there, you can explore the bubbling mud pools with a local Maori guide and choose from among a myriad of activities.
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Polynesian Spa

Hailed as one of the best spas in the world, Polynesian Spa in Rotorua has many hot, mineral-rich springs where you can take a relaxing dip. Located on the shore of Rotorua Lake, the spa has the best views over the lake. Wrap up the experience when you watch the beautiful sunset while relaxing in one of the outdoor pools of the spa.
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Lake Rotorua / Te Rotorua Nui ā Kahumatamomoe

Nestled on the northeast side of the city, Lake Rotorua is one of the most visited destinations in the area. Take a day off and go camping to enjoy the perfect getaway in Lake Rotorua. Take a swim in the chilly waters of the lake or go fishing for the famous big rainbow trout. Stay the night and wake up early to catch an amazing sunrise over the lake!
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Mount Tarawera

There are a lot of ways to experience the geological wonders of Rotorua, but what can be more fulfilling than hiking? Visit Mount Tarawera and take in the beautiful sceneries on top. At the top, you’ll have enough time to relax and meet new friends as you wait for sunset. Marvel at the surrounding lunar-like landscape once the light breaks over the horizon. Make sure to snap Instagram-worthy photos of the jagged landscape.
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