Rotorua – the health resort of the South Seas
Huge geysers, hot springs and a breathtaking landscape: anyone visiting the North Island of New Zealand simply cannot avoid the small town of Rotorua. The city of 60,000 on the shores of Lake Rotorua has made a name for itself as a health resort in recent decades due to its volcanic origins and has long been more than an insider tip for locals and tourists from all over the world. Rotorua is just as much a paradise for those seeking relaxation as it is for adventurers. The city has a large regional airport, Rotorua International Airport.
“South Seas health resort”
Due to its special location on the Pacific Ring of Fire, the city of Rotorua has great geothermal activities that are rarely found anywhere else in the world. Just five minutes from downtown Rotorua is the legendary Pohutu Geyser, which erupts about 20 times a day. Thousands of tourists and locals watch this spectacular natural spectacle every day. Due to the many geysers and volcanic hot springs, which create a slight smell of sulfur in the air, numerous thermal baths and wellness resorts have emerged in the region over the past few decades. In the vicinity of the city are the huge thermal fields of Whakarewarewa. These have earned Rotorua, among other things, the reputation as the “health resort of the South Seas”, which is known far beyond the borders of New Zealand. If you are looking for a lot of rest and relaxation on your New Zealand vacation, you are in the right place in Rotorua – including the large Polynesian spas.
Fascinating natural landscapes, exciting adventures
Due to the numerous volcanic activities, unique flora and fauna have settled in the entire region. Among other things, around 200 different species of ferns can be found here. In the various nature parks in the region you can get an overview of the fascinating nature. One of the city’s most popular attractions is the Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park. In addition to countless native plants and animals in their natural habitat, there is also a large playground for the youngest visitors. Sports activities and the search for thrills are also unlimited in and around Rotorua. In addition to mountain biking, climbing and hiking, there are also many opportunities for parachuting, summer tobogganing and rafting. The mountain bike trails around Rotorua, which are more than 90 kilometers long, are considered to be the most beautiful in the country. If you would like to learn more about the legendary history of New Zealand or would like to immerse yourself in the special lifestyle of the locals, you should explore the surrounding Maori villages. The former Maori academy of carving and art is one of the most important attractions in the region.