Drenched in Maori heritage, Rotorua is a literal hotbed of life. Found in an area of restless geothermal movement, Rotorua has attracted visitors to its smoking cracks and craters for time immemorial. The famous bubbling mud pools and thermal springs scattered across the city and its outskirts provide much of the appeal, but Rotorua offers more than just the natural wonders of its restless exterior.
It’s also an excellent shopping centre, and has an entire street dedicated to restaurants serving up tasty treats from around the world. Not too far from Taupo, Rotorua also offers its own take on extreme sports via the popular Skyline attraction – bungee jumps and a giant swing are optional!