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, and free to visit. 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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Electric Bike Rotorua

Geothermal Wonders

Explore Rotorua and experience the thrill of an electric bike.

Government Gardens

Geothermal Wonders

Government Gardens is a beautiful public park situated along the edge of Lake Rotorua and just minutes from the city centre.

Hell's Gate Geothermal Park & Mud Spa

Geothermal Wonders, East

Hell’s Gate is Rotorua’s most active geothermal reserve and New Zealand’s only mud spa complex.

Kuirau Park

Geothermal Wonders

Check out the natural boiling, bubbling and steaming geothermal action throughout Kuirau Park, New Zealand’s only free geothermal public park!

Lake Rotomahana

Geothermal Wonders, South

Sitting at the base of Mount Tarawera, Lake Rotomahana is steeped in history and surrounded by geothermal features like geysers, fumeroles and colourful steaming cliffs.

Totally Tarawera

Geothermal Wonders

Guided cultural and geothermal tours to Te Rātā Bay and Hot Water Beach, including a natural hot pool soak.

Mt Kakaramea (Rainbow Mountain) Summit Track

Geothermal Wonders

A 2.5km walk or mountain bike ride to the top of Mt Kakaramea rewards you with breathtaking 360° views.

Ōhinemutu Māori Village

Geothermal Wonders

Connect with the culture, people, history and landscape that have made Rotorua the incredible place it is today.

Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park - The Hidden Valley

Geothermal Wonders, South

Situated just 45 minutes south of Rotorua and nestled on the shores of Lake Ohakuri lies the hidden valley of Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park.

Polynesian Spa

Geothermal Wonders

Polynesian Spa is New Zealand’s leading internationally acclaimed thermal spa, offering relaxing hot mineral spring bathing, sumptuous spa therapies and picturesque Lake Rotorua views. In Oct 2022, Poly Spa received the Country Award for the Luxury Lakeside Spa category in the World Luxury Spa Awards.

Rotorua Museum: Outside the Walls Historical Government Gardens Tours

Geothermal Wonders

Discover Rotorua's rich culture, volatile landscape and legendary figures in this must-do tour around the famous Rotorua Museum and Government Gardens.

Sulphur Bay Wildlife Refuge

Geothermal Wonders

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