Rotorua Geothermal Sites is located in the North Island of New Zealand, which is considered as one of the world’s most renowned geothermal areas. In the past, the tribe of Te Arawa started hosting guests in the 19th century when new settlers arrived to the country to visit the infamous Pink and White Terraces located at Lake Rotomahama. This visitor hosting tradition still lives on today.
The Rotorua region is situated on top of the Taupo Volcanic Zone, a geothermal hot spot. The city was actually built in the crater of a volcano and Lake Rotorua consists of collected rainwater called caldera. Though the destination has a distinctive scent of sulfur, tourists from all over the world still visit and enjoy the area’s breathtaking elements – silica terraces, lively geysers, boiling mud pools and hot springs.
Rotorua is home for the Maori, the indigenous culture of New Zealand and due to its cultural and geological amusements, Rotorua can be quite an expensive vacation. However, for wealthy travelers and for individuals who truly want to experience the wonders of nature, Rotorua can definitely deliver the best of New Zealand – the Maori culture, breathtaking nature and the great adventure.
Rotorua Geothermal Sites is home for Wai-O-Tapu, which is considered as the Thermal Wonderland as it contains steam vents, craters and colorful mineral pools. Visitors can easily explore the place with its well-marked walkway around the park. A typical trip to Wai-O-Tapu includes a tour at the Lady Knox Geyser. Another great way to enjoy the thermal treasures of the area is by unwinding in spas and mineral spring pools.
Rotorua offers a wide range of activities for travelers who love adventure. Activities include white water rafting, rap jumping, stunt flying, four-wheel drive safaris, volcano tours, mountain biking and horse riding treks. Golfers can also enjoy the geothermal golf course while anglers can have the opportunity to go trout fishing.