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Geothermal Wonders

Spouting geysers, bubbling mud pools, steaming vents, boiling lakes and colourful sinter terraces are just about everywhere in and around Rotorua

Besides taking advantage of our glorious hot pools, you must make time to check out our spectacular geothermal parks – each one so different from the others – in and around the city. These incredible, surreal places will leave you in awe and provide the most amazing backdrop for your photography.
Be sure to make time for Kuirau Park, just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre. Meandering paths through this city park take you to see mud pools and hot pools (too hot for bathing!). Then, take a load off and soak your feet in the free foot bath.

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Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools Water Taxi

Geothermal Wonders, East

Indulge in a genuine off the beaten track geothermal experience.

Geyser By Night – Te Puia Light Trails

Geothermal Wonders, Central

When darkness falls, the true love story of the city's geothermal wonderland comes to life.

Steaming Cliffs Kayak at Lake Rotomahana

Geothermal Wonders, South

Explore the amazing scenery of Lake Rotomahana on this spectacular guided kayaking tour.

Mount Tarawera Volcanic Crater Hike - Kaitiaki Adventures Aotearoa

Geothermal Wonders, Central

Experience the unique landscape and history of Mount Tarawera, famous for its eruption on June 10, 1886, which created the world’s youngest geothermal valley of Waimangu.

Real Rotorua

Geothermal Wonders, Central

Experience the Real Rotorua... with guided sight-seeing tours of the Rotorua area.

Whakarewarewa - The Living Māori Village

Geothermal Wonders, Central

Home of the Tuhourangi, Ngāti Wahiao (Māori sub tribes) people and located on a geothermal plateau, Whakarewarewa village is New Zealand’s oldest continuous Māori tourism experiences pre-dating the world-famous Pink and White Terraces.

Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Geothermal Wonders, Central

Waimangu Volcanic Valley connects people with the beating heart of the world’s youngest geothermal valley, its unique history and legacy. They share how the world began!

Waikite Valley Thermal Pools

Geothermal Wonders, South

Geothermal experience and hot pool bathing in 100% pure natural geothermal waters overlooking Waikite Valley, native bush and surrounding geothermal activity.

Volcanic Air

Geothermal Wonders, Central

From the experience of taking flight in a floatplane or helicopter, through to the thrill of exploring our stunning lakes district, vibrant geothermal reserves and remarkable volcanoes, Volcanic Air has an option for everyone.

Hot Water Beach at Te Rātā Bay

Geothermal Wonders, East

Tucked away on the southern shore of Lake Tarawera, a hot spring trickles down a small stream and into the lake, creating our very own hot water beach at Te Rātā Bay.

Te Puia

Geothermal Wonders, Central

Experience New Zealand's geothermal wonderland. Walk alongside a beautiful landscape of uncovered natural bush, mud pools and the majestic Pōhutu Geyser, the largest active geyser in the Southern Hemisphere.

Sulphur Bay Wildlife Refuge

Geothermal Wonders, Central

Explore an amazing geothermal area where threatened bird populations make their home.