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is one of the original tourist destinations in New Zealand - it has been
welcoming visitors for more than 200 years. From the moment people arrive
in Rotorua they know they're somewhere quite different. There is a scent
of sulphur in the air. At nearby geothermal hotspots, there are spouting
geysers, boiling mud pools and warm geothermal springs. Silica terraces
are naturally decorated with a kaleidoscope of colours.
also the heartland of New Zealand Maori culture, and visitors have the
opportunity to experience this. You may be lucky to enough to stay as
a guest on a marae - an unforgettable experience. Or you could catch a
Maori cultural performance, where stories are relayed through beautiful
song and dance. You can also indulge in a traditional hangi feast where
the food is cooked below the ground in earth ovens.
After a hard
day's sightseeing or strenuous activity, visitors can relax with a soak
in the healing waters of the geothermal hot springs, or totally unwind
by choosing from a selection of therapeutic spa and massage therapies.
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- On arrival
get sulphur-acquainted with a visit to the thermal reserve of Whakarewarewa
(on the way into town).
- For a
full day of thermal wonder, take a trip to the beautiful Waimangu Valley
where the village of Te Wairoa was once buried in a volcanic eruption.
Now excavated it is worth a visit as is a cruise to the steaming cliffs
of Lake Rotomahana.
miss a night out Maori style - a traditional cultural dance and hangi
- You could
also consider staying overnight in the communal Maori marae (meeting
- Pay a
visit to the Agrodome and Rainbow Farm.
- Take the
Skyline Gondola ride for great views then ride a luge back down. Great
is superb trout fishing in 14 fishable lakes - gear and licence can
yourself to a massage or a hot soak at the Polynesian Spa.