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This region is centred on the internationally renowned thermal resort of Rotorua and contains numerable lakes including Lake Rotorua, the Blue and Green Lakes, Lake Tarawera, Lake Rotoiti, Lake Okataina and Rotomahana.


  Geysers, bubbling mud pools and Maori hospitality are some of the many experiences you will encounter in Rotorua. It is the oldest and best-known resort in the country, where generations of visitors have enjoyed its waters, marvelled at its fascinating geothermal activity and experienced the region's unique Maori culture. The area is the spiritual home of the Maori, and Maori culture and heritage influences the vast array of activities - from traditional earth-oven hangi meals and concert parties to the Art and Craft museum with its fine artifacts, and the thermal village where Maori live and work. 
Main attractions &  activities

  From the moment you arrive in Rotorua you'll know you're somewhere quite different. There is a pervasive smell of sulphur, and at nearby geothermal hotspot there are spouting geysers, acrid-smelling mud pools bubbling and belching, and warm geothermal pools and ponds that create a kaleidoscope of colour.
If nature doesn't provide enough excitement, then you can top-up with some man-made extreme adventure. Try rap jumping down a mountain face, jumping from a plane at 9,500 ft in a tandem skydive, sledding on a toboggan down white water rapids, jetboating, luging down a local mountain; or tumbling head over heels down a hillside inside a giant ball called a zorb. The Rotorua region is also one of the country's prime fishing spots where you are practically guaranteed a catch, especially if you hire a local professional guide. 
The nearby Whakarewarewa Redwood forest offers great walking tracks and also has some of the best mountain biking tracks in the country. There are also great trails for running or horse trekking.
After a hard day's sightseeing or strenuous activity a dip in a thermal spa is totally relaxing. In the evening you may be in the mood to experience a taste of Maori culture at a performance of song and dance, followed by food cooked in a traditional hangi (an earthen oven).  
To get there


Rotorua is a leisurely 3 hour drive from Auckland. Rotorua domestic airport receives daily flights from Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown.



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