An hour’s drive north from Taupō brings you to Rotorua, which sits squarely on the Pacific Ring of Fire, and everywhere in the region the earth is alive with volcanic activity.
Immerse yourself in the unique culture of New Zealand and explore the geothermal wonderland with clouds of steam and bubbling mud pools, or soak in naturally heated hot pools and rejuvenating mud at one of the many health spas.
For thrill-seekers, you can get your adrenaline pumping with one of Rotorua’s many thrilling adventures. Roll down a hill in a plastic ball filled with hot water with Zorbing or enjoy a thrilling ride on a sled with Luge. Nature lovers will enjoy ziplining through native forest or mountain biking in the redwoods. At night, the forest comes alive with 30 specially designed lanterns and you can enjoy the mesmerising nightlights at Treewalk.
Hell's Gate,(opens in new window) home to the Southern Hemisphere’s largest hot water waterfall and one of the most active thermal parks in Rotorua, is a great spot to unwind after your day’s adventures.
In the evening, experience indigenous Maori culture at Mitai Maori Village(opens in new window). View warriors paddling an ancient waka (war canoe), savour a traditionally cooked Hangi (earth oven) meal and enjoy an authentic Maori performance.(opens in new window) Depart for Auckland the next day.