4 Days

Highlights

  • Maori culture and crafts
  • Naturally heated mineral pools
  • Mount Tarawera - volcano

Proximity

  • By plane: Start your journey in Rotorua
  • By car: Total trip distance: 230km

From crystal-clear streams and magical forests, to epic biking trails, an immersive Maori culture and explosive geysers, Rotorua has it all. Refresh your senses in this geothermal wonderland.

Day 1, Maori culture in Rotorua

Rotorua
Cultural performance at Te Puia, Rotorua

By Fraser Clements

Learn traditional song and dance by joining the cultural performances at Te Puia in Rotorua.

Highlights

  • Maori culture and crafts
  • Pohutu Geyser
  • Maori cuisine

Proximity

Explore the best of the Maori world in Rotorua. Places such as Te Puia offer cultural experiences that combine dramatic Maori performances – singing, dancing and haka (war dances) with delicious Maori food and arts. Te Puia is also a thermal reserve featuring more than 500 springs and the famous Pohutu Geyser which erupts up to 20 times a day, spurting hot water up to 30m skyward.

 

Day 2, Mineral pools in Rotorua

Rotorua
Relax at Polynesian Spa, Rotorua

By Fraser Clements

Take in glorious lake views as you soak in Polynesian Spa's hot mineral springs or indulge in one of their sumptuous spa treatments.

Highlights

  • Naturally heated mineral pools
  • Health spas

Proximity

Rotorua has long been famous for its naturally heated waters, which make it a haven for relaxation. Here you can soak in a steaming mineral pool while taking in glorious views or enjoy a wide range of treatments at one of the city’s many health spas. Treatments are influenced by Rotorua’s natural geothermal phenomenon and strong Maori influence.

Day 3, Explore a volcano in Rotorua

Rotorua
Hiking up Mount Tarawera, Rotorua

By Kaitiaki Adventures

Enjoy unique landscape and history on the Mount Tarawera Crater Walk - a truly special experience.

Highlights

  • Mount Tarawera
  • Pristine lake
  • Rich history

Proximity

Spend the day exploring the majestic Mount Tarawera. Revered by the local Maori, it is infamous for its violent eruption in 1886, which destroyed the legendary Pink and White Terraces, and created the youngest geothermal valley of Waimangu. The crater of Mount Tarawera can be explored with a guided walk or a scenic flight. There are a number of tracks surrounding Lake Tarawera, located at the foothill of the mountain, which are also worth exploring.

Day 4, Rotorua - Auckland

Auckland
Sailing on the Waitemata Harbour, Auckland

By Tourism New Zealand

Home to sheltered, sparkling blue waters, grand city views and charming islands, Auckland's Hauraki Gulf is perfect for sailing or a boat cruise.

Highlights

  • Cosmopolitan city culture
  • Stunning harbour

Proximity

Drive north from Rotorua to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city and a melting pot of cultures. Spend the evening exploring the stunning Waitemata Harbour with a boat cruise before heading back to the central city to enjoy outstanding wine, food and shopping experiences.

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