We went to Waiotapu, 25 km from Rotorua (NZ $ 23 / person, a 3 km, 2 hours). Here there is a gymkhana between demonic craters of vapors and odors emanating of sulfur and other minerals. There are bubbles because of the CO2 levels. The water reaches the center of the earth at 230 ° C and once it reaches the surface the temperature cools to 70 ° C. There are boiling mud pools and some highlights of this place is the "champagne pool" and the Lady Knox.
Whakarewarewa is one of the most amazing little villages in New Zealand. Its name is derived from the language of the Maori, the aborigines of New Zealand. It is in the North Island, close the city of Rotorua and Lake Taupo. The most peculiar thing is its hot springs, which flow from the earth boiling. The smell of the village is very special, because of the waters and their geyser. When you enter the town the first thing that stands out is the vapor given off by the earth. It is very weird, because it looks as if everything is on fire, but the heat is from the land and waters. The town is decorated with Maori art and all its inhabitants are aborigines. The guides are Maori, and they explain the history of their ancestors in the town and teach you how to cook food in the hot springs (eg eggs or corn cooked in the water with a cloth). You can have a bath or watch a traditional dance from the village people.
One of the top 3 visitor centers in the country, which honors Rotorua's main industry, Thermal tourism. Visit the Maori and tourism villages around Lake Taupo, the largest in New Zealand. You can make all sorts of bookings, use the specialized transport hub and a large souvenir shop.
Halfway between Taupo and Rotorua we found this spectacular geothermal park. It's not the most visited in the area, but is among the three most important. We can see geysers (not predictable), mud pools, but the most spectacular are the colorful terraces. Admission is just under 20 euros and the journey is supposed to take an hour and a half.
A beautiful American redwood forest situated just 5 kilometers away from Rotorua. It is parallel to the river, and has several marked trails ranging from 15 minutes to several hours, where you can completely loose yourself in nature.
The Lady Knox is a geyser in Wai-o-Tapu, situated in the volcanic area of Taupo. It is named after Lady Constance Knox, the second daughter of Uchter Knox, Governor of New Zealand. Eruptions produce a water jet that reaches 20 meters and can last for over an hour. The geyser has two cameras of water, one hot, and one cold. The low one is heated due to volcanic activity below. When soap is cast into the water chamber superior, the surface tension of water lowers, allowing it to mix with the hottest water below, causing the eruption.
Jade is the typical stone of New Zealand. Maori Aborigines have been using it to make jewelry for hundreds of years. There are many gift shops in New Zealand, but it is more interesting to visit the jade factory, where they are polished. There are factories located around the country. I was in a village in Rotorua, where you could buy it there directly. In addition there are items made from jade jewelry made with bone, and other materials typical from the country. They also make small figurines or custom pendants. Interestingly enough, in New Zealand jade greenstone is also the name of the era of European settlers.
This is the most intense cultural experience and complete immersion into Maori history in New Zealand. Maori history is depicted from their arrival in New Zealand, with a reception in which you can see the warriors with their outrageous gestures, the Hongi which is a traditional greeting, nose to nose, a hangi which is a feast cooked in an underground oven of hot stones, and a Maori music festival complete with traditional songs and dances.
This is a strange place, because it combines a mini amusement park with hanging aerodynamic bikes, floating air turbine, penduling, jetboat, and also a small zoo with animals such as buffalo and ostrich.
Rotorua is situated in the Bay of Plenty, in the heart of the North Island of New Zealand, about 230 kilometres southeast of the country's most populous city, Auckland. Of all the things to do in Rotorua, travellers come to discover the volcanic phenomena and learn about the rich Maori culture of New Zealand.
Pohutu Geyser is the undisputed star of the places to visit in Rotorua. It is located in the Whakarewarewa thermal valley and erupts up to 20 times daily with heights of up to 30 metres. Hell's Gate is the most active geothermal reserve in New Zealand and has the Southern Hemisphere's largest thermal waterfall and the only geothermal mud pools nationwide. It is another of the highlights of the attractions in Rotorua.
If you are wondering what to do in Rotorua, the buildings and public places contain many monuments to Maori culture. The beautiful Government Gardens is in the Waahi Tapu area and is sacred to the Maori, with a fascinating past as a battlefield and cemetery.
Other Rotorua attractions in town include the museum, where you can learn the history of Te Arawa people, the original inhabitants of Rotorua. There are things to see in Rotorua that deserve a mention, like the pool Blue Baths, which is also a museum.
Other Rotorua activities include visiting the sites excavated in the village of Te Wairoa, which were buried by the eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886. Find all the information you need about stuff to do in Rotorua on minube and book your next trip now!