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Rotorua

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An eggy scent hangs over sulphuric Rotorua on New Zealand’s North Island, which is home to spectacular geothermal springs, mud pools and geysers. However, it’s not just the landscapes that attract visitors – 34% of Rotorua’s population is Maori, and cultural performances and banquets are worth seeing.

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  • Queenstown

    Queenstown

    The self-described ‘adventure capital of the world’, Queenstown is a playground for adrenaline junkies...Read more
  • Kaikoura

    Kaikoura

    Kaikoura is the place to see wildlife in New Zealand...Read more
  • Lake Tekapo

    Lake Tekapo

    A highland lake in the middle of New Zealand’s south island, Lake Tekapo is best known for its incredibly clear skies that are perfect for stargazing...Read more
  • Coromandel

    Coromandel

    Visible across the Hauraki Gulf from Auckland, the Coromandel offers pristine beaches, thick rainforest and plenty of adventure...Read more
  • Wanaka

    Wanaka

    Laidback Wanaka has a claim to be Queenstown’s cooler sibling...Read more
  • Auckland

    Auckland

    Forget the city’s high-rise centre; the beauty of Auckland is the scenery surrounding it...Read more
  • Franz Josef Glacier

    Franz Josef Glacier

    Franz Josef’s icy mass once flowed all the way into the sea, but after decades of global warming, the glacier has retreated inland and is now only accessible by helicopter...Read more
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  • Lake Taupo

    Lake Taupo

    Vast Lake Taupo is as big as Singapore and was created 2,000 years ago from a volcanic eruption so huge it would have been seen from China...Read more
  • Nelson

    Nelson

    Visit the small but sweet wine region of Nelson, situated in the north of New Zealand’s South Island, for an unforgettable wine tour...Read more
  • Christchurch

    Christchurch

    Most travellers use Christchurch as a base for exploring the south island, but there is plenty to see in this upwardly-mobile city...Read more
  • Milford Sound

    Milford Sound

    Even by New Zealand’s standards, Milford Sound is a truly spectacular sight...Read more
  • Wellington

    Wellington

    Creative Wellington has a claim to be New Zealand’s most cultural city...Read more

Complete New Zealand

Explore everything New Zealand has to offer
Approx. 20 days
Auckland (1 days) → Coromandel (2) → Rotorua (2) → Lake Taupo (2) → Wellington (2) → Kaikoura (1) → Christchurch (1) → Lake Tekapo (1) → Queenstown (2) → Wanaka (2) → Franz Josef Glacier (2) → Christchurch (2)
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Northern Experience

Adventures on New Zealand’s North Island
Approx. 10 days
Auckland (1 days) → Coromandel (2) → Rotorua (2) → Lake Taupo (2) → Wellington (3)
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Things to do in Rotorua

Our recommended experiences and activities

Dip your toes in the (very) hot springs of Rotorua
Rotorua

Dip your toes in the (very) hot springs of Rotorua

Unwind by the heavenly thermal pools at Rotorua, including the colourful Champagne Pool at Waiotapu and Waimangu Cauldron, otherwise known as Frying Pan Lake – where temperatures can reach a steamy 60C. For pools to swim in, try those at Waikite Valley.

Experience life in Tolkein's Middle-earth
Rotorua

Experience life in Tolkein's Middle-earth

Take a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, used for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film series, complete with a pint (and optional dress-up) in the Green Dragon inn. For avid fans, visit on the 22nd September for the Hobbit Day festivities and feasts.

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