Steep in the Steam at Whakarewarewa Living Māori Village
With natural geothermal heat radiating from the ground, Whakarewarewa Living Māori Village is a great outdoors attraction to visit when the weather turns chilly. This novel cultural experience, set in a fascinating geothermal landscape, offers an authentic peek into modern Māori village life. Hourly guided tours give visitors a chance to learn how the geothermal resources are used in daily life, twice-daily cultural performances are filled with fun interactivity, and a network of nature trails traverse geothermal lakes, bubbling mud and explosive geysers.
Play a Round of Geothermal Golf
For a once-in-a-lifetime geothermal golf experience, visit Arikikapakapa, The Rotorua Golf Club, one of the only geothermal golf courses in the world. The course was designed around Rotorua’s unusual geothermal field, with holes running over and around geothermal lakes and boiling mud pools. In addition to the one-of-a-kind backdrop, Rotorua Golf Club is also an all-weather, 18-hole, par 70 course with an excellent golfing layout that makes for a great golf experience, year-round.
Have a Feast on Eat Streat
Rotorua’s gourmet dining district runs adjacent to Rotorua’s picturesque lakefront and qualifies as a true eating destination. Local favourite, Brew, offers a delicious selection of gastropub favourites and the opportunity to sample locally-brewed craft beer. Other top-rated options include Atticus Finch, a tapas-style eatery with delicious cocktails, and Leonardo’s Pure Italian, which serves up authentic Italian fare and homemade limoncello. The nearby Terrace Kitchen also provides a unique menu and lake views to boot.
Soak it all in at the Polynesian Spa
Wrap up the day with a soak at the famous Polynesian Spa. The mineral-rich, natural hot-spring pools warm the bones, and soothe away any aches and pains. Choose from a range of geothermal bathing choices to suit all ages and budgets, including both family pools and adult pools. For an extra treat, visit the on-site spa for everything from geothermal mud wraps, to massages and facials.