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Rotorua has a rich history filled with spectacular and devastating geothermal eruptions. You can bring the powerful story of the Mt Tarawera eruption to life by visiting these great attractions in Rotorua.
The Rotorua Museum is the best place to learn about the history of Rotorua. The museum is located in the historic Bath House building surrounded by the beautiful Government Gardens. There is a combination of temporary and permanent exhibits on display at the museum. One particular highlight amongst the permanent exhibits is on the devastating 1886 Mt Tarawera eruption which destroyed the eighth wonder of the world – the Pink and White Terraces. The perfect activity on a cold or wet day, the Rotorua museum is an experience all ages will enjoy.
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Waimangu Volcanic Valley is the world’s youngest geothermal system. Located approximately 20 minutes south of Rotorua, the stunning scenic park and wildlife refuge was created by the 1886 Mt Tarawera Eruption. On your visit you will encounter a unique eco-system with fascinating geothermal features such as bubbling hot springs and marbled terraces. The park offers a wide range of guided and self-guided tours and walks. To complete your visit you can take boat cruise on the steaming Lake Rotomahana aboard the historical vessel Arikia Moana to see parts of the Valley not accessible by foot.
Whakarewarewa – The Living Thermal Village
A visit to Whakarewarewa – The Living Thermal Village will allow you to immerse yourself into a Maori Village filled with geothermal features. The friendly locals of the village will warmly welcome you to experience their unique way of living amongst an array of active geothermal features. Your guide will explain to you many important details of Maori culture like the significance of the carvings on the meeting houses and the healing properties of the geothermal waters. Whakarewarewa also offers a cultural performance and the chance to treat your taste buds to a traditional Maori Hangi meal.
If you would like visit these attractions on your next visit to Rotorua then consider a Rotorua Superpass. You can visit all these great Rotorua attractions and much more with one easy pass. You can visit their website at www.rotoruasuperpasses.co.nz.