After you’ve visited Hamilton, its time to head across the country to Rotorua. Here, you will be able to firsthand experience the many geothermal wonders, including multiple geysers, thermal wonderlands, volcanic valleys and Hells Gate. Prepare yourself, as the geysers can work up quite a smell, especially after it’s been raining! For the more adventurous travellers, Rotorua also offers a lot of adrenaline-rich activities such as the slingshot, skyline luge, bungy jumping or zip-lining through the forest canopy. A must-stop before you leave is Epiphany café, where you can grab a Franut before you leave – if you haven’t heard of this, google it! Think cool drink meets doughnut in various flavours. Talk about mouth-watering!
Sightseeing #1: Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest
Escape to the lush and tranquil ‘Redwoods’, a mere five-minute drive from downtown Rotorua. Traverse over 160km of purpose-built trails, whether on foot, horseback, or mountain bike. This 55,000-hectare forest, peppered with towering Californian Redwoods and exotic trees, is a paradise for nature lovers and thrill-seekers alike. Lauded as one of the world’s top mountain biking destinations, it offers panoramic views of Rotorua’s lakes and geothermal marvels.
Sightseeing #2: Polynesian Spa
Immerse yourself in a world of relaxation at the Polynesian Spa, a globally recognised wellness haven. Nestled on the shores of Lake Rotorua, this spa offers a unique geothermal bathing experience, tapping into acidic and alkaline natural mineral springs. Unwind with indulgent therapies, from hydrotherapy pools to heated recliners. A visit to the Polynesian Spa is not just a treat but a journey to rejuvenation.