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Rotorua

Country
New Zealand
State
New Zealand (General)
City
Rotorua
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

Rotorua in New Zealand has a strong tradition of welcoming visitors based on five pillars (or spirits): geothermal wonders, soothing thermal waters, a strong Maori cultural identity, beautiful lakes, a huge range of adventure activities, rivers and wilderness areas of which Waimangu Volcanic Valley is the 'must do' experience. 



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How to Reach

By Air

Air New Zealand is an international and domestic airline group providing services within New Zealand, as well as to and from Australia, the South West Pacific, Asia, North America and the United Kingdom.

Air New Zealand flies to 27 domestic destinations across New Zealand's North and South Islands, with direct daily services to Rotorua from Auckland, Christchurch, and Wellington and twice weekly direct from Sydney.

When you fly within New Zealand you'll always enjoy complimentary refreshments and a checked baggage allowance without paying anything extra. Plus if you're travelling across the Tasman Air New Zealand offers gate-to-gate, on demand entertainment where you can watch movies, television or listen to music from the moment you sit down.

By Bus & Coach

The seething power of inner earth comes to the surface in Rotorua. Explore Rotorua's geothermal areas and discover the unique culture of New Zealand's Maori people.

Rotorua bus services offer a range of coach transportation services throughout Rotorua, offering a versatile way to get around. Bus lines in Rotorua provide affordable transportation options for travellers.

Key places to visit
Rotorua Museum of Art and History, Champagne Pool, Geothermal Fields, Ohinemutu - St Faith's Church, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland


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Places to Visit

Rotorua Museum of Art and History

The most eye-catching feature in Government Gardens is the old half-timbered Bathhouse of Rotorua. Since the opening of a new spa establishment in the 1960s the former Bathhouse now contains the Rotorua Museum of Art and History. The promenade of Rotorua's famous Bathhouse is open to the public to access the roof of the iconic building.

Visitors are given a cinema experience through 'Rotorua Stories' which highlights the world famous Pink and White Terraces, the devastating eruption of Mount Tarawera, the story of the Bathhouse and the history of the Arawa people.

Champagne Pool

The effervescent thermal waters of the Champagne Pool, highly charged with minerals, have earned it its name. Like other pools in the area, it sparkles in many colors, predominantly yellow, green and blue.

Geothermal Fields

The geothermal phenomena of the Rotorua area can be most easily observed in the Maori village of Whakarewarewa, 3km south of Rotorua. There are numerous springs and three impressive geysers within a small area.

Ohinemutu - St Faith's Church

The interior of St Faith's Church (1910; Anglican) is notable for the fine Maori carving and woven fabrics. One of the stained-glass windows shows Christ in the dress of a Maori chief walking on the water of Lake Rotorua.

In the churchyard beside the church the dead are buried in whitewashed stone or concrete coffins resting on the hot ground. Among those buried here are the American missionary SM Spencer (1810-98) and Captain Gilbert Mair (1843-1923), who was a great friend of the Arawa and the only white man to be granted the full status of a chief. He had defended Ohinemutu against Hauhau raids and attacks by Te Kooti.

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is New Zealand's most colourful natural volcanic environment. It is home to the world famous Champagne Pool, geysers, bubbling mud, steaming ground, huge volcanic craters and terrace formations.

Right Time to Visit

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Temperature

July - August -> (°C) - Winter
January - February -> (°C) - Summer


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