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Visit Rotorua, New Zealand

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Visit Rotorua, New Zealand

At the heart of New Zealand’s geothermal activity and a major focus for Maori culture, Rotorua is situated on the southern shore of Lake Rotorua.

Throughout and around the town steamy mineral lakes, bursting geysers and bubbling mud pools release a pungent smell as hydrogen gas pours out of countless bores and ground fissures.

With examples of striking Tudor-style architecture, parts of this busy town are very attractive, and the Rotorua Bath House, an architectural icon, now houses a museum that reveals the mythology, history and geology of the area.

Hot springs

People have been bathing in the hot springs for centuries, believing the mineral-rich waters have health-giving properties, and a soak in one of the many spa complexes is highly recommended.

Culture

Maori Carving at a Meeting House, RotoruaThe town also has a large Maori population, whose cultural activities are among the most interesting and accessible in all New Zealand. The deep-rooted concept of ‘manaakitanga’ – the responsibility of a host to give the best of themselves, their time and their history – is hugely evident here.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Rotorua

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Accommodation choices for Rotorua

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Ideas for experiencing Rotorua

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