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Te Puia. Credit: Rotorua Tourism

THE VOLCANIC LAKE DISTRICT OF THE NORTH ISLAND Historically known for its geothermal wonders and Māori culture, today’s Rotorua encompasses these and yet so much more. Perfect for families, unmissable for the adventurous, revitalising for those in need of pampering and sublimely pure and pristine for those seeking to explore nature. Discover all the elements that come together to forge Rotorua.

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Whakarewarewa Living Māori Village. Credit: Tamaki Māori Village

DRIVING DISTANCES:

SPECIAL EVENTS:

TOP NATURAL ATTRACTIONS:

ROTORUA TO:

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» Geysers and mud pools: raw geothermal energy spouting steaming water tens of metres skywards while mud pools gurgle incessantly. In particular, Pohutu Geyser at Te Puia erupts up to 20 times a day, while Lady Knox Geyser at Wai-o-Tapu erupts at 10.15am daily.

Auckland 235 kms, 3 hrs 20 mins Paihia 454 kms, 7 hrs 45 mins Thames 158 kms, 2 hrs 35 mins Hamilton 108 kms, 1 hr 30 mins Waitomo 156 kms, 2 hrs 15 mins Napier 225 kms, 3 hrs 40 mins Taupō 82 kms, 1 hr 15 mins

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Wellington 462 kms, 6 hrs 35 mins Hicks Bay 280kms, 3 hrs 55 mins

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Oct 2019 - Rotorua Bike Festival 19-24 Mar 2020 Crankworx Rotorua May 2020 - Rotorua Marathon

» Whakarewarewa (Redwood) Forest: 3 minutes from the city centre and free to access. Hundreds of kilometres of walking, mountain biking and horseriding networks in the shade of towering Californian Redwoods and other species.

» Waterways: 16 stunning lakes and several rivers and streams offer every type of water activity, including jet boating, rafting, kayaking and trout fishing (seasonal restrictions). » Thermal beaches: where you can enjoy a warm soak and even cook any fish you have caught in the hot sands. » Mt Tarawera: a dominant feature on the horizon, this dormant volcano can be viewed up close and personal by helicopter.

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