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Rotorua Holidays

Rotorua is the heartland of New Zealand's Maori culture and is an astonishingly dynamic land of spouting geysers, bubbling mud pools and steam vents. With a backdrop of volcanic mountains and crater lakes, there is so much to see and do.

As the setting for many Maori legends, holidays to Rotorua boast a wealth of historic culture. Take a step back in time, and fully immerse yourself in the lives of the Maori people, with a trip to a traditional village. Here you can spend an evening experiencing their fascinating stories, songs and watch, or even learn the infamous Haka, before enjoying a delicious Hangi feast, served straight from the hot stones of their traditional earthen oven.

Unique geothermal landscapes

Rotorua's nutrient-rich geothermal landscapes create a home for some of the most unique spas and well-being centres. Take a dip in the naturally-heated waters, bask in the rich mud pools, or rejuvenate with a traditional Maori massage.

The fast-flowing rivers also mean Rotorua is the ideal location for kayaking and tubing. For an adrenaline-packed experience, take the float plane over the Hells Gate Thermal Park and Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’. If you prefer to stay dry, the terrain also makes for a unique mountain biking or hiking track.

Things to do in Rotorua

To enjoy the sights from a little higher up, head for a ride on Rotorua’s Skyline. Soak up the panoramic views while travelling over the town and surrounding lakes, up to Mount Ngongotaha. The fascinating sights don’t stop when you get to the top, with a range of nature walks available for those of all abilities. If you’re after a little more adrenaline, take a ride around the luge track at the top of the mountain. While each track differs in difficulty, making it suitable for all ages and abilities, they all run through the Redwood forest, so try and keep an eye on the scenery – that’s if you’re not going too fast to see it.

Unsurprisingly Rotorua is a popular destination, where you can enjoy the vast range of landscapes from dense forests and mountains, to flowing rivers and lakes. This is one area of New Zealand that simply can't be missed, whether you want to take part in a traditional Maori Hangi and dance, or enjoy a soothing mud bath.

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A fantastic trip for 'The Hobbit' fans. You get to visit the 'Lord of the Rings' film locations, and actually walk around the hobbit houses and gardens. Make sure you try one of the exclusive ales at The Green Dragon Inn too!
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What to do in Rotorua

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