Rotorua

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In and Around Rotorua
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Geysers and Glowworms
Marvel at Rotorua's natural wonders, including its stunning waterscapes and diverse fauna
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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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Why people love Rotorua

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Te Puia Day Pass
This was the highlight of our trip to Rotorua, can't recommend it enough! Our guide was fantastic, super knowledgeable and friendly which made the experience really enjoyable! There was so much to see and we also got to see a kiwi that came right up to the glass and the geyser was really impressive. Then at the end we were able to share some delicious steam pudding with the grou. Thanks klook!

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Hells Gate Mud Bath and Spa
A must-do in Rotorua, though be prepared to take the city's distinct smell back with you after the Sulphur Spa! The view from the pool was well worth it though! The Mud Bath, which the staff recommended us to do first to open up our pores, was such a unique and fun experience too! The mud was sticky-smooth, kind of like butter, and took to our body easily. Staff were attentive enough to remind us that after 20 minutes pigging out in the mud, it was time to leave the mud bath for health reasons. No time limit on the sulphur pools though I'm sure you don't want too long of a hot dip. Before we entered the baths, we were given a health and safety talk, and a container to store all our belongings (change of cloths, etc.). The unlockable containers are kept at a manned booth, though on that day we noticed there were times when the booth was left unattended. So, we recommend not leaving any valuables if possible. Gender-specific changing and shower facilities were clean and helpful in getting the initial sulphur stench off, though like I said, the stink sticks with you... For days.

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