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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Steaming Cliffs Kayak at Lake Rotomahana

Geothermal Wonders, South

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

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.

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.

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.

Totally Tarawera

Geothermal Wonders

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

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.

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!

Sulphur Bay Wildlife Refuge

Geothermal Wonders

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

Geyser By Night at Te Puia

Geothermal Wonders

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

Te Puia

Geothermal Wonders

Discover one of New Zealand’s most magnificent geothermal wonderlands and Māori cultural centres.

Whakarewarewa - The Living Māori Village

Geothermal Wonders

Home of the Tuhourangi and Ngāti Wahiao people and located on a geothermal plateau, Whakarewarewa Village is New Zealand’s oldest continuous Māori tourism experience, even pre-dating the world-famous Pink and White Terraces.

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.