Rotorua is situated on a volcanic plateau providing a diverse and lush landscape that was created over thousands of years from violent volcanic eruptions and activity.
As a result, thermal reserves combine with bubbling mud pools, hot springs and spouting geysers to form one of the most unique, impressive and active landscapes in the country of New Zealand.
Rotorua plays a large part in New Zealand’s cultural identity and natural beauty alike. Its geothermal activity is its most obvious standout aspect, and what an aspect it is – steams from hot pools, bursts from geysers and bubbles from mud pools are all sights you’ll witness in Rotorua that you’ll seldom find in any other part of the country.
The region has 5 main geothermal areas within its boundaries, with each offering a slightly different emphasis. Whakarewarewa is perhaps the most famous of the group due in large part to its proximity to Rotorua (under 10 minutes away), its expansive number of springs (around 500 in total) and its traditional Maori village which adds a cultural bent to the proceedings. Hell’s Gate may be its most spectacular example with a great deal of activity and its renowned steaming waterfall, while Wai-O-Tapu, Waimangu and the Craters of the Moon geothermal walk round out the lineup.
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The Maori culture also plays a large part in drawing people in to Rotorua, due to its location in the figurative heart of Maori civilisation. The area boasts many cultural attractions allowing visitors to either absorb or take part in the culture via talks and interactive performances that detail the fascinating history and traditional ways of life of the Maori people.
Whatever your reason for visiting Rotorua, you’ll find everything you need to know about travelling to this bubbling park of New Zealand outlined in our detailed sections above.