• Rotorua
  • Rotorua
  • Rotorua
  • Rotorua
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Rotorua is a small city on New Zealand’s North Island known and adored for its geothermal features. Hot springs, geysers and bubbling pools of mud attract tourists from home and abroad who lend bustle to the city all year round. Rotorua sits on the shore of the large Lake Rotorua, and is within driving distance of many more. Rotorua is a best-buy city, that is, tourists get bang for their buck. Free attractions include any of the lakes in the area, self-guided walking tours through geothermal features, and beautiful hikes through lush forest. The most popular attractions are not free, but are without question necessary for any complete visit. Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Te Puia, and Whakarewarewa Thermal Village offer geothermal features that ... Read more
will boggle the mind. Hikes of all levels take visitors through unique and rare New Zealand flora and display the mighty power of earth’s core through exploding geysers and sulfurous pools. Also, be sure to check out the Buried Village, a small town that was covered in and preserved by ash after a huge volcanic eruption in 1886. After a long day outdoors, settle down for a traditional Maori feast, known in the local tongue as Hangi. The smoky flavors produced from earthen ovens will leave you with the right taste in your mouth as you prepare for another day of natural beauty and wonder.
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Singapore

Very outdoorsy kind of place. Everywhere smells of sulfur but one will get used to it after a while. Maby tours and sports available.

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Pittsford

Geysers, bubbling mud pools, kiwi fruit orchards, sheep, lots of greenery, a cableway overlooking Lake Rotorua, wildlife parks and Maori cultural opportunities are some of the features of this area.

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Rotorua is the centre for Maori culture in New Zealand. If you're looking to immerse yourself into the depths of this fascinating culture a stop in Rotorua is the best place to start. While you're there don't forget to check out the thermal wonders and go for a mountain bike ride - both are top notch.

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New York City

Amazing hot springs, geysers, and culture! There are many tours that take you here in a day trip if you're coming from Auckland - I used http://www.greatsights.co.nz/ and had a GREAT experience!

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Local from Rotorua

lovely place people words can describe but what better way to experience it all than being here

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Perth

Born and bred in Rotorua, One of NZ main cultural cities...Beautiful one day Perfect the next ....

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Everywhere is great. The Museum, a bit of Rotovegas history. Whakarewarewa, Mitai Tours, the Buried Village,[mean history there] Rainbow Springs,Agrodome, so many places, things of interest for everyone

Recommended for:History Buffs
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Melbourne

Once you get used to the smell of Sulfur in the air you'll love this place, the people are so friendly, there's so much to see and do and the locals at the hostels are more than happy to help you with info on what to do, where to go and eat, things to do.

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Coffs Harbour

We went to Rotorua as a day trip from Auckland. I thought it was quite beautiful even if it was a bit stinky! It was a quaint town. We walked through the botanical gardens and tried the spas. Lots of hot springs there too which is what we did! It wasn't expensive at all. I do suggest not swallowing the water in the pool though. I accidentally did and ended up with trachitis a week before my wedding. Good thing I got my voice back!

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Durham

Who says the South Island has all of New Zealand's natural beauty? Rotorua is cool. Or, rather, hot. And steamy. Filled with geothermal activity, natural hot springs, natural extremely hot springs (like, hundreds of degrees hot), and all sorts of biking and hiking trails, the area is a outdoor lover's dream. Plus, there's plenty of Maori cultural activities and great places to stay.

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