A whole lot of heaven and a little bit of hell, Rotorua does nature like nowhere else on Earth.

Let’s make it clear: when we say Rotorua is a bit hellish, we’re talking about the inferno-like bubbling mud pools, steaming sulphur lakes and erupting geysers this place is famous for. The heaven part of it? Well that’s easy to work out – just look to the peaceful lakes and redwood forest. Add luxurious spa resorts and you’ve got the makings of nirvana. And don’t forget that Rotorua is the adventure sport capital of the North Island… seems not even the sky is the limit here.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Rotorua

What is a geyser?

A geyser is a natural spring that produces a spectacular phenomenon when it shoots boiling-hot water into the air from its surface. Some erupt regularly while others sit dormant for years. You can tour and observe several while visiting Rotorua. Waimangu Geyser, which is 30km from town centre, holds the record of being New Zealand's tallest geyser.

Are there any free thermal pools in Rotorua?

In a word, yes. In the heart of town is Kuirau Park, which has a number of hot paddling pools. There's also a bridge that crosses over a lake where geothermal activity often occurs. If this seems too busy then check out the mud pools at Sulphur Point, on the east side of Government Gardens.

Where can I experience Maori culture in Rotorua?

Living Maori villages are wonderful places to watch traditional music and dance shows, learn about handicrafts and eat food cooked in the earth, the traditional way. Mitai Maori Village and Whakarewarewa are easy to get to from the town centre. Rotorua Museum has interesting Maori exhibits and along Fenton Street you'll find art galleries and craft shops.