The faint scent of sulphur in the air and escaping curls of steam are the first hints of the district’s dramatic geothermal character.

Rotorua’s array of geothermal features – volcanic crater lakes, spouting geysers, bubbling mud pools, hissing fumaroles and colourful sinter terraces – are sure to impress.

 

Day One

Visit the mud pools and thermal foot baths at Kuirau Park, walk around this free attraction with the kids and stop off at the Kuirau Park Playground, fun for all ages.

Head to Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland with the famed Champagne pool.

Stop off at Hells Gate and see the largest hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere - the 40°C Kakahi Falls. Whilst there take the opportunity to enjoy a Hells Gate Sulphur Spa.

Enjoy dinner at one of the many local restaurants situated in the Rotorua CBD.

 

Day Two

Pohutu Geyser at Te Puia is the star of the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley. Take the time to wander around the site and why not try the Ingo Lunch at Te Puia, offering a taste of food that has been cooked in woven flax baskets.

Mitai offers a traditional dinner and show. Transport from your hotel can be arranged, or simply drive out to their site.

 

Day Three

Before leaving Rotorua, make a stop at Whakarewarewa – The Living Thermal Village, meet the people and see how they use the environment of geothermal wonders in everyday life.