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Travel information for Rotorua, New Zealand

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Rotorua is one of New Zealand’s major tourist destinations and is made so by its unique geothermal landscape. Bubbling mud pools, steam vents and hot pools are the main attraction and a good place to see them is at either Whakawerawera Thermal Village or Te Puia. Both geothermal parks are expansive and once inside you have access to such wonders as village replicas, a marae and kiwi house. You can wander through the steamy pathways at your own leisure or take a guided tour. Traditional Maori shows are performed at these venues as well at an extra charge. Make time while in Rotorua to experience a Hangi – the traditional meal of the Maori which is covered and cooked underground. If you are planning a Rotorua holiday with the kids places not to miss include Rainbow Springs Nature Park featuring Native Animals, the Agrodome-with shows, activities and rides all based around rural life and the Buried Village- an ash covered reminder of the 1886 eruption.

Skyline Rotorua provides fun for the whole family with a 487m high Gondola, a luge and sky swing. The Cableway Restaurant and Bar at the top of the gondola provides the perfect Rotorua dining experience offering breakfast, buffet lunch and dinner with a great view of the City. There are a large number of Rotorua tours which will take you to all the top spots in the area and if you have a taste for adventure there is a huge selection of activities to choose from including horse riding, white water rafting and bungy jumping. The Rotorua region is home to 16 picturesque lakes of various size and colour which are excellent for all forms of water sports and bush walking. Rotorua is famous for its trout fishing in the lakes, rivers and streams and also has some great tracks through the Redwood Forest for mountain biking.

The best places to stay in Rotorua is in motels, hotels, back packers and camping grounds. Hotel accommodation can be found at Ibis, Novotel Lakeside and the 5 star Rydges, while self contained suites can be found at The Heritage and beautiful 5 star Peppers on the Point. Many of the motels line the City’s main street making getting around a breeze. Some of them even have their own private geothermal pools and spas. Visit The Polynesian Spa or one of the many wellness centres in Rotorua for a natural spring hot spa, a mud wrap or a Maori massage if there is not one where you are staying. For specials on accommodation and other packages in Rotorua talk to our travel agents today.

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