Rotorua is where the first people settled in Aotearoa. It is steeped in Māori history and culture.
Experience Te Wairoa Buried Village – this historical gem is New Zealand’s most visited Archaeological Site, where stories of the 1886 Mt Tarawera Eruption come to life. This traditional Māori village was decimated by the volcanic eruption in 1886, and has since been excavated. Enjoy a traditional Māori feast (hangi) meal.
Rotorua is famous for its geothermal activity which you can experience at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, the world’s newest geothermal area, or Wai-o-Tapu to see the famous Champagne Lake and bubbling mud pools. Enjoy a long relaxing soak in one of the naturally heated hot pools in the region.
Comprised of 16 lakes in the area, Rotorua has some spectacular natural scenery including the Redwood Treewalk (a series of platforms and suspended walkways in the tree tops), and Te Puna Hangarua, the deepest freshwater spring in the North Island set in a stand of beautiful Redwood Trees and native bush.