Rotorua

The Rotorua district is located on the southern shore of Lake Rotorua in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island of New Zealand. The district is located 60km south of Tauranga, 105km south-east of Hamilton and 82km north of Taupo.

Explore and discover Rotorua’s fascinating mix of Maori history, tradition and culture combined with its unique geographical features. Surrounded by the unmistakable tang of bubbling sulphuric geysers and mud pools, Rotorua is the geothermal experience of a lifetime and is one of New Zealand's most enduringly popular visitor attractions.

Centre of geothermal activity, Rotorua is the country's oldest resort and and has long been known as 'Nature's Spa of the South Pacific'. The Rotorua district is one of the original tourist destinations in New Zealand, welcoming visitors for more than 160 years. After a hard day's sightseeing or strenuous activity, visitors really appreciate the chance to soak in the healing waters of the region’s many geothermal hot springs including the ‘Living Waters’ of Waikite Valley Thermal Pools .

Not only is Rotorua a relaxing spa resort, it is also the ultimate destination for the adventurous thrillseeker. Adrenalin-pumping activities range from native bush ziplines suspended 22m above the forest floor to Zorbing strapped inside an enormous air-cushioned ball as you bounce downhill, from screeching downhill on the famous luge to tackling the world's highest commercially rafted waterfall. You can even try tandem skydiving at the Rotorua Airport or challenge yourself at Agroventures on their bungy, Swoop, Shweeb, Freefall Xtreme or Agrojet .

Rotorua specialises in a wide range of cuisine to cater for all budgets and palates. Options range from inexpensive bar meals,popular takeaway outlets and ethnic cuisine through to casual cafe food, fine restaurant dining and the traditional Maori feast (hangi), which provides a delightful mouth-watering sensation.

To add a rich dimension to your Rotorua visit make sure you catch a Maori cultural performance, where stories and legends are relayed through a beautiful series of song, haka, and dance.

Rotorua is the heartland of New Zealand Maori culture, and visitors have the unique opportunity to experience the warm spirit of the indigenous Maori people.