ROTORUA, NEW ZEALAND

Rotorua is one of the most famous destinations in New Zealand, and has a long history of welcoming visitors. From the moment people arrive in Rotorua they know they're somewhere quite different. There is a scent of sulfur in the air, and at nearby geothermal hotspots there are spouting geysers, acrid-smelling mud pools bubbling and belching, and warm geothermal pools and ponds that create a kaleidoscope of color.

Cruise, kayak, water-ski, windsurf, jet-ski, sail, raft or trout fish . . . if you can do in or on freshwater, Rotorua’s 15 fishable lakes plus our myriad rivers and streams are a great place to do it. Ringed by scenic tracts of bush, forest and farmland, the lakeland chain was formed and shaped by cataclysmic volcanic activity in times past. Rotorua truly is an adventure playground with endless thrill, leisure and sporting options. Mountain bike on some of the world’s best tracks, roll downhill in the N.Z. designed Zorb or go luging, another world first by innovative Kiwis. Run into the mouth of a volcano or raft the world’s highest waterfall, the list goes on and on.

A deep-rooted Maori cultural concept, Manaakitanga places a responsibility on us as your hosts to give you the best of ourselves, our time and our history. A feeling you’ll return home with, Manaakitanga begins the moment you arrive in Rotorua whether seeking adventure, rejuvenation, experiences with nature and earth forces, or soaking up Maori and European history, art and culture.

 

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