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.
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.
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.