Rotorua is New Zealand’s most
popular tourist destination, mostly because of its
unique geothermal activity. As you come into Rotorua,
you will realize that you are in a very different
place. The first thing you will notice is the
distinctive odor of sulfur in the air.
Emphasized in the tours to Rotorua is its strong
relation to the culture of the Maori. Visitors to
Rotorua will discover some of the best trains for
mountain bikes in the world, sixteen lakes, awesome
trout fishing, and fantastic forest walking trails.
The four major areas of thermal activity in Rotorua are
Waimangu, Whakarewarewa, Hell’s Gate, and Waiotapu.
Whakarewarewa village is one of the most active thermal
regions of Rotorua and is the location of the famed geyser,
Pohutu. Other places to see in "Whaka" are the hot springs,
hot mud pools, as well as a Marae.
Formed for more than thirty million years, the Waitomo
Glowworm Caves has two levels that are sixteen meters apart.
The higher region is parched and
consists of the cave entrance, as well as structures
called the Catacombs, the Banquet Chamber, and the
Pipe Organ. The lower area is made up of the
Cathedral and stream passages.
A radically different picture will greet you at the
Bay of Islands up north. An area made up of over a
hundred islands, the Bay of Islands is popular for
its natural beauty and sunshine. This was the
location on which the initial contact among the
indigenous people and the first settlers from Europe
One of the regions most sought after attractions is
in the area off Cape Brett known as the Hole in the
Rock. Trips are offered through this place via Mack
Attack, a jet boat tooted to be the Northland’s
For beach lovers, Coromandel is the perfect place to
visit. Some of New Zealand’s most spectacular
beaches are found here including Hahei Beach and the
Leisurely tours are available that take you to see
much of Cathedral Cove, Hot Water Beach, and Hahei
Rotorua is an untamed reserve located a mere 50
minutes drive from Auckland. At the beach, visit the
gannets colony as well as one of the most popular
wineries in the area. See also Mount Eden and
downtown Auckland’s main attractions.
Known as New Zealand’s most visited place, Rotorua
should definitely be at the top of places to see. In
Rotorua, there are several different activities you
can choose from. When visiting this area of New
Zealand, visitors are advised to stay at least two
days in order to appreciate the region to the
fullest. Te Whakarewarewa, a Maori village famous
for its geysers and mud pools should be next on the
In Te Whakarewarewa you will learn something about the
culture of the Maori such as their dances, their way of
life, and much more. A guided tour of the village follows
the Maori show.
After leaving Rotorua the next big attraction is in the
Waitomo region which is just 2 hours drive. It is here that
you can see the historic Otorohanga Kiwi House.