By Vaughan Brookfield
Rotorua is most famous for its rich Māori culture and geothermal activity. Rotorua township is central to exploring all this region has on offer.
Entertaining in any weather, Rotorua will captivate you with its shooting geysers, intriguing Maori villages and thrilling adventure activities.
In Hamurana, streamside walk runs through a Redwood grove with beautiful views of the crystal clear stream, that runs out into Lake Rotorua.
The timber town of Murupura sits at the edge of the Kaingaroa Forest. If hunting and fishing are on your agenda, you’ll find plenty of action here.
Lake Rotoiti (“the small lake”) is actually a relatively large lake lying to the east of Rotorua, and is connected to Lake Rotorua by the Ohau Channel.
Just outside Rotorua, Okere Falls is famed for its rapids and waterfalls.
The charming town of Lake Okareka is situated in the picturesque setting of hills, native forest and farmland off the main tourist route.
Known as the 'sunny side of the mountain', beautiful Ngongotaha sits on the northwest shores of Lake Rotorua.