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2 RADIX XTERRA ROTORUA FESTIVAL 6th April 2019 The Radix Xterra Rotorua festival is the biggest multisport event in New Zealand and the biggest Xterra event held in any location throughout the world. Each year eight events are offered for competitors to choose from which are set in and around Rotorua’s beautiful Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) and Whakarewarewa Forest. It is without question amongst amazing scenery for both competitor and spectator. Xterra.co.nz 55TH ROTORUA MARATHON 4th May 2019 Why not enter Australasia’s most iconic marathon event and bring friends & family to make a weekend of it! There are distances for everyone to have fun including the 5.5km fun run, the half and quarter marathon through the magnificent Redwoods and the famous ‘lap of the lake’ for the more serious among us! Rotoruamarathon.co.nz TIKI AHUA 5-6 July 2019 Tiki Āhua returns to the hallowed mist and steam of Rotorua’s Te Puia –this time as a two-night spectacle on July 5 and July 6. Coinciding with Matariki, Māori New Year, Tiki Āhua showcases outstanding fashion and design by emerging and established designers. Tiki Āhua merges traditional and contemporary Māori arts and design, with outstanding performances. Interwoven with exceptional cuisine, wine and manaakitanga, the Saturday event will be followed by a headline concert. TikiAhua.com
3 KIA ORA & WELCOME TO the latest edition of the Rotorua Visitor Magazine. To feel the earth beneath our feet, the When the temperature drops, Rotorua’s In this magazine, you’ll find some of the wind on our face, fire’s warmth on our thermal attractions are the perfect reasons why we love Rotorua. Whether skin and water’s calming nourishment… places to keep cosy and warm this you’re visiting for one of our awesome nature is where we go to feel refreshed, winter. As New Zealand’s home of spa events, a family holiday, getting romantic invigorated and relaxed. Rotorua is and wellness there is no better place to on a couple’s getaway or looking for a place where you can combine all relax and unwind than Rotorua. From fun on a long weekend with friends, the elements to create the ultimate natural hot pools to luxurious spas, you we know that you’ll love it here too. experience full of wonder, excitement should definitely pack your togs for Only a three-hour drive from Auckland, and adventure. The pristine lakes, fertile your winter holiday here. If relaxing in or a direct flight from Christchurch or forests, geothermal wonders and an a thermal pool isn’t for you then there Wellington – Rotorua is your one stop abundance of attractions and activities are plenty of other activities to choose, shop for all things fun and relaxing. mean it’s the ideal spot for your next from low impact to high adrenaline and We look forward to seeing you here holiday. everything in between. soon. 2 FEATURED EVENTS 10 LONG WEEKEND RotoruaNZ ADVENTURES 4 WHAT’S ON – DestinationRotorua EVENTS CALENDAR 12 ROTORUA ON A PLATE +64 (07) 348 5179 6 HOLIDAY IDEAS 14 LITTLE KIDS BIG KIDS RotoruaNZ.com 8 FIND YOUR ELEMENT 16 ON HOLIDAY WITH NEHE MILNER-SKUDDER
4 To keep up to date with everything that’s on in Rotorua check out RotoruaNZ.com/whats-on Rotorua Fringe Festival Matariki 3D Multisport Festival 6-13 APRIL 2019 JUNE-JULY 2019 2 JUNE 2019 In various locations around Rotorua featuring world class theatre from Rotorua is celebrating Te Tau Hou This festival of events attracts across Aotearoa. Get your fix of Māori – the Māori New Year with a over a thousand participants local artists trying out bold, brave cool range of fun events for all the from across New Zealand to and new works across the city. whānau! Matariki is a time to gather enjoy some of the best paddling Facebook @NZFringe with whānau and friends to reflect lakes, running and mountain on the past, celebrate the present, biking trails the country has to and plan for the future. Join us offer. All courses are designed to in celebrating this special time - ensure everyone from complete Double Rainbow Trail Run there’s a lot to love and learn about beginners to weekend warriors 8 JUNE 2019 Matariki. and elite athletes can challenge rotorualakescouncil.nz/Matariki themselves as little or as much as they wish amongst the beautiful surroundings - as well as having a lot of fun. Something for all of the We Run The Forest family! 3 AUGUST 2019 activeqt.co.nz Gravel Royale 3 AUGUST 2019 A trail run with a difference…. you might get to see the double rainbow of its namesake! Experience the breath taking beauty of views Rotorua has long been considered and places that can’t usually be a mecca in the world of mountain accessed by the public. The course biking but it’s now time for the incorporates a variety of tracks We Run The Forest is back and set gravel grinders to rejoice with including stunning DOC tracks to be another sell out in 2019. Join Rotorua’s very own 100% gravel which take you through geothermal us in the stunning world famous road cycling event. Get your cyclo activity, as well as private farmland Redwood Forest for the coolest cross, mountain bike or eBike tracks and forest roads. Choose winter forest run or walk. There is to take on the inaugural Gravel from the 42km, 25km, 17km or no reason why winter should hold Royale. 17km and 42km options 10km off-road running trails and you back. 5km, 10km and 21km available. experience the double rainbow. options available. lacticturkey.co.nz forestfest.co.nz forestfest.co.nz
5 Rotorua Night Market – Thursdays 5-9pm, Tutanekai St. Food & boutique shopping WEEKLY Rotorua Farmers Market – Sundays 9-1pm, Te Manawa. Fresh produce & crafts Winter MTB Classic Steamers vs Waikato 4 AUGUST 2019 18 AUGUST 2019 Just minutes from Rotorua’s CBD, this is the perfect winter MTB challenge for all. Social or serious weekend warrior to World Cup racer. The Winter Classic Get down to Rotorua International is the place to be this winter. 15km, 30km and 45km options available. Stadium and catch the Chiefs’ region grudge match as Bay of forestfest.co.nz Plenty and Waikato go head to head. boprugby.co.nz Tough Guy & Gal Challenge Indigenous Arts Festival 24 AUGUST 2019 SEPTEMBER 2019 Run Beneath The Stars 14 SEPTEMBER 2019 Challenge yourself on a course Celebrating indigenous arts that includes swamp crossings, a through a range of genre over one spiders web net climb, crawling special month in the inaugural under barbed wire, beautiful native Rotorua Indigenous Arts Festival. bush trails, tunnels, hurdles, a Combining the Rotorua Indigenous climbing frame... not to mention Film Festival, IHI Performing Arts mud, mud and more mud! Festival and Te Wiki o te Reo Māori Join us in the famous eventpromotions.co.nz Language Week. Whakarewrewa Forest for this unique trail run/walk under the stars. Get your head lamps or torches ready! An off road night HEADS UP run/walk event starting from the Redwoods Centre, Long Mile Rd. Run or walk your way around the Rotorua Ekiden Okere Falls Beer Festival 10.5km course on a mixture of OCTOBER 2019 LABOUR WEEKEND 2019 single trail and forestry roads. Make The famous Rotorua Marathon With great beer, traditional German your way to the top of the forest, course is split into six segments food & music, this week-long festival is where you will be treated to the and will be full of fun and whacky a favourite among locals and visitors. stunning view of Rotorua at night. dress ups. eventpromotions.co.nz
6 ROTORUA VISITOR CENTRE & i-SITE A visit to the i-SITE on arrival to Rotorua will help you uncover the hidden gems that will make your visit truly memorable. The friendly team of Rotorua experts are more than happy to help you with any questions, Novotel RotoVegas Motel recommendations, and The 4.5-star Novotel is in the heart of RotoVegas Motel offers groovy & retro bookings – so pop in and find Rotorua, close to shops and adjacent rooms. With a tasteful collection of the perfect activity for you! to the city's dining strip. All rooms modern touches that aim to make have views of Lake Rotorua or the your stay a little bit more memorable. OPEN 7 DAYS city, feature in-room safes, WiFi Located on Fenton St it is a short walk 1167 Fenton St, Rotorua connectivity and minibar. The hotel into the CBD, Government Gardens 07 348 5179 is home to Atlas Restaurant, Clarkes and shopping mall. For more information visit Bar and Courtyard, an indoor heated RotoruaNZ.com/visit swimming pool, geothermal plunge pools and fitness studio. Blue Lake Top 10 Holiday Park Quest Rotorua Central Kaitiaki Adventures Nestled on the edge of the beautiful Quest is positioned right in the CBD of Enjoy a thrilling raft or sledge Lake Tikitapu (also known as Rotorua within easy walking distance adventure with Kaitiaki's Rotorua's Blue Lake), Blue Lake Top of restaurants and shops. A range of knowledgeable raft and sledge guides 10 Holiday Park has over 14 acres room options are available including on the Kaituna River. This world-class of well-maintained grounds set in a studios, two bedroom interconnecting experience will be one you won't tranquil native bush setting. There is a apartments and one bedroom forget in a hurry. If amazing views are wide range of campground and motel apartments with a spacious balcony more your style then head up to the accommodation to suit all budgets. and private outdoor spa pool. top of Mt Tarawera for a close-up look at the site of the eruption that shaped the region. Corner Fenton & Arawa Sts, Rotorua +64 7 348 5179 info@RotoruaNZ.com
7 Polynesian Spa Katoa Lake Rotorua Mountain Jade Choose from the Family Spa, Adult Katoa Lake Rotorua, on the shores If you’re looking for a special gift Pools and Priest Spa, Private Pools or of scenic Lake Rotorua, offers a then Mountain Jade is the place to the Lake Spa. Two types of mineral variety of jet boat rides combining visit. Each of their pieces of jade/ waters feed into the Polynesian Spa's sight-seeing and the cultural aspects greenstone/pounamu are hand pools, each with their own therapeutic of the surrounding area. Choose finished to the highest level. That properties. For those who want some an adrenaline trip, a soak in some means smooth lines, soft finishes, no extra relaxation and pampering there lakeside geothermal hot pools, a scratches and no cuts. Our products is the luxurious Lake Spa Retreat parasailing adventure or discover the are individual and unique, with merits where a wonderful range of facials and magic of Mokoia Island. and quirks helping to shape their body treatments are offered. stories. MDA Experiences Pure Cruise Rotorua Rafting Multi-Day Experiences’ exclusive tours Pure Cruise offers visitors the chance Rotorua Rafting is home to the largest give clients a chance to experience the to experience a unique lake cruise on commercially rafted waterfall in the stunning Rotorua region in exciting Tiua, a luxurious 53-foot catamaran. world - 7m Tutea Falls. Make your way and unique ways. They offer fantastic, Pure Cruise is based at the VR through the native trees lining the safe adventure tours combined with Rotorua Lake Resort, Okawa Bay gorge of the beautiful Kaituna River superb accommodation and cuisine, all and offers a luxurious eco-tourism and let Rotorua Rafting show you their managed by exceptional guides. Multi- sailing experience with exclusive backyard. Day Experiences will show you the best private charters. Lake Rotoiti is one of the region has to offer on a tour tailored Rotorua's most stunning lakes and is to your preferences and abilities. rich in cultural history and wildlife.
THE ELEMENTS OF LIFE. Find yours in Rotorua To feel the earth beneath our feet, the wind on our face, fire’s warmth on our skin and water’s calming nourishment... nature is where we go to feel refreshed, invigorated and relaxed. Our busy modern lives have eroded welcoming vibe of the restaurant the amount of time we spend and café scene. surrounded by the elements, but Head to the mighty Redwoods there is one place where you can in the Whakarewarewa Forest. combine all four in a unique and Smell the rich forest notes in the unforgettable way, to create the air as you stroll or cycle past these ultimate experience full of wonder majestic giants. and adventure. For the more adventurous, feel Rotorua offers plenty of revitalised by the crisp white water opportunities to experience nature of the Kaituna River as you raft its at its best with our stunning forest, rapids, or zipline your way through lakes and geothermal landscape. an ancient forest with Rotorua Canopy Tours. To end your day, Be awe-inspired by the volcanic enjoy a soul-warming mud bath wonderland of Sulphur Point, or at Hell’s Gate and experience the take a trip up the Skyline gondola earth’s enriching touch like never to take in the views of the lake, before. Mokoia Island, Mount Tarawera and To ‘Find your element’ means beyond. to create a connection with the Take a stroll down Eat Streat, natural world around you through indulging in locally sourced and the authentic opportunities and prepared cuisine. With the tranquil experiences available. You’ll make waters of Lake Rotorua just a memories in Rotorua that will last a lifetime. stone’s throw away, enjoy the lively,
There’s nowhere else in the world where earth, wind, fire and water exist in such a potent way. Rotorua is the place to combine all the elements, bringing people and place together to create the ultimate experience. Earth/Whenua Inspired by niho taniwha (teeth of the taniwha), this pattern represents the myths and legends of the Māori people. The tapatoru (triangles) symbolise strength and resilience, and mirror the shape of our mountains and forests. Air/Hau Four koru designs represent nga hau e wha (the four winds), which were thought to be controlled by tohunga (priests) to help their tribe. This symbol is representative of bringing people together. Fire/Ahi The kaokao pattern reflects the burning passion of Māori warriors – arms strong, standing united – as they perform the haka, a fierce display of pride and strength. Water/Wai Called the ‘life giver of all things’, this symbol represents wai giving energy to the koru as it unfurls. The three ripples relate to the lakes, rivers and geothermal waters, which each have their own mauri (life force).
10 LONG WEEKEND You can’t beat a long weekend getaway to Rotorua. Leave the hustle & bustle behind as you embark on a weekend full of fun & adventure! With two full days up your sleeve there’s plenty to see and do. A three-hour drive from Auckland or a direct flight from Wellington or Christchurch on Air New Zealand, Rotorua is a great place to spend your next long weekend! SATURDAY MIDDAY For a more relaxed yet informative MORNING experience head to Waimangu Volcanic Start the weekend off right by heading Valley to experience the world’s out to New Zealand River Jet where youngest geothermal system! Be sure you can experience the spills & thrills of to check out Frying Pan Lake and EVENING a jet boat ride amongst the serenity of Inferno Crater before embarking on Finish the evening at Redwoods New Zealand’s untouched nature. Enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Rotomahana. Treewalk where you can walk through a guided walk as you squeeze through Download the Waimangu App which the canopy of the 100-year old tight rock passages and enjoy a uses augmented reality to help you Redwood Trees whilst marvelling at the refreshing dip in a hot spring waterfall. rediscover the Pink and White Terraces. stunning David Trubridge nightlights – This is the perfect mix of adventure and Before heading back to town enjoy a inspired by native New Zealand birds. relaxation! drink and bite to eat at the on-site cafe. Open from 9am - 10pm 7 days a week.
11 ADVENTURES SUNDAY MIDDAY EVENING For a mid-day cultural experience Finish the day off right with Paddle head along to Te Puia where you can Board Rotorua. You’ll be picked up experience their Steambox Tour. Here from your accommodation and you you create your own Hangi meal which will be transported to the lake to begin is then placed in active steam vents - your paddle board experience. The MORNING cooking your food the authentic way. guided tour will lead you to secret Start Sunday right with a peaceful walk While that cooks, your guide will share cave networks where you can marvel around the Blue Lake (Lake Tikitapu). stories of the place and its people. You at the glowworms - a truly magical The Blue Lake is a 10 minute drive can take a tour of the New Zealand and unforgettable experience. You’ll be from central Rotorua and will leave Maori Arts & Crafts Institute and then pretty hungry at the end so check out you in awe of the natural beauty that enjoy your steambox lunch sitting in our foodie suggestions on pages 12 and surrounds you on this easy 5.5km trail. front of the Pohutu Geyser. 13 of this magazine. MONDAY After an action packed weekend in Rotorua you may have time for one more activity whichever way you choose to head home. If you’re heading south, be sure to pop into Waikite Valley to enjoy a relaxing soak before the final drive home. If you’re north-bound don’t leave town before you increase that heart rate by visiting either Zorb, OGO or Off Road New Zealand.
12 ROTORUA TERRACE KITCHEN VOLCANIC HILLS WINERY This beautifully considered, modern, relaxed space pays What better way to warm the mind and soul than with a homage to both NZ’s culinary heritage and the Rotorua sumptuous platter with an amazing view over Lake Rotorua. tourism story. Guests can warm their toes while dining on Sample carefully crafted Volcanic Hills wines from NZ’s most the geothermally heated terrace overlooking the large back recognised and respected wine regions, all while enjoying lawn. panoramic views over Lake Rotorua. STRATOSFARE CBK Take a gondola ride up Mt Ngongotaha and enjoy the Craft Bar & Kitchen (CBK) is a modern eatery mixing scenic view over Lake Rotorua while enjoying a buffet that Stonegrill and a slow cooked selection, with a classic includes fresh seafood and cooked to order grill items. The craft bar environment incorporating an exciting, gastronomic delights don’t stop with the main course, as the handpicked selection of over 60 craft beers and ciders. desserts on offer will top the evening off nicely.
13 ON A PLATE PIG N WHISTLE LADY JANES ICE CREAM PARLOUR THIRD PLACE CAFÉ Refreshing drinks, hearty food and live Rotorua’s iconic ice cream parlour has This cafe with incredible food and entertainment combined with friendly been serving up sumptuous treats for views over Ohinemutu Maori Village staff will make any visit here one more than 30 years and with more than and Lake Rotorua is the perfect place you’ll want to repeat. Its inviting menu 40 flavours to choose from, there is to relax and enjoy the view. includes delicious burgers, seafood something for everyone! chowder, New Zealand lamb salad and the renowned pigtail fries. CAPERS EPICUREAN SCOPE Caper’s cafe stocks a range of New Zealand and imported From Scope’s à la carte menu, to the vast selection of savoury goodies including oils, preserves, chocolates and teas that and sweet culinary delights gracing the counter, everything is are sure to appeal to the everyday home chef, gift hunter and attentively prepared and made in-house. A visit to Scope will discerning foodie. Toys and children’s movies are available for leave your tastebuds and stomach thanking you for days to family use. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. come.
14 LITTLE KIDS Heritage Farm 3D Trick Art Gallery Enjoy this classic farm tour where If animals aren’t your cup of tea- be you have the opportunity to get up sure to pop into 3D Trick Art Gallery. close and personal with a variety of Enjoy this educational, creative and farm animals! Top this tour off with imaginative experience. With over 50 the famous sheep dog show – a must masterpieces created to trick the eye see for animal lovers! If you’re feeling – this is a spot for the whole family! peckish after the Sheep Show - be sure to check out Farmside Buffet - with Have the camera on hand for the quirky creative photo opportunities. RAINBOW plenty on offer to please all appetites. MOUNTAIN - a great walking track for the Family. Rotorua Duck Tours Kuirau Park Skyline Rotorua Where else can you jump on a genuine While in Rotorua be sure to check out Skyline Rotorua is the ultimate in WW2 vehicle and take a tour off the Kuirau Park. This inner city geothermal family fun! Sit back and enjoy the city and lakes without leaving your wonderland offers bubbling mud scenic gondola ride providing you seat? Enjoy the thrill and excitement pools, exciting refurbished children’s with breath taking views over Lake of this fun family adventure with tours playgrounds, and steamy sulphuric Rotorua! Luging is the perfect family ranging from 1-2hrs. Learn about the lakes. Only a 5-minute walk from the activity – where riders control speed region’s culture and history while car, this is a great spot for locals and and direction. Smaller children can splashing down in three different visitors alike. ride with adults. Start some long lakes. lasting family rivalries on the selection of luge tracks available!
15 BIG KIDS OGO White Water Rafting Ball rolling at its finest! Now with four Rotorua is home to the famous tracks to choose from – this is the Kaituna River, just 15 minutes from ultimate adrenaline rush. Enjoy the central Rotorua. Rafting this river is spectacular views over Lake Rotorua the ultimate adrenaline rush with the before slipping and sliding in warm highest commercially rafted waterfall water! Tracks range from 250-350 in the world – 7metres of goodness! metres and go in a multitude of Paddle through lush native bush and directions – so grab your buddies and steep stunning canyons. The Kaituna get to OGO to experience this thrill for River is a must do on your next trip to yourself! Rotorua. Mountain Biking in the Volcanic Air Tarawera Trail Whakarewarewa Forest Volcanic Air offers a range of float For a walking adventure with the Any age, any ability – mountain biking plane tours over Rotorua. Enjoy the family check out the Tarawera Trail. is an experience not to be missed! With thrill of taking off and landing on This 15km trail (each way) takes you trails ranging from Grade 1-2 designed Lake Rotorua – whilst marvelling at through native bush, across streams for beginners, through to Grade 3-5, the stunning landscapes below. Fly and finishes at Hot Water Beach which require more skill. Tick off track over dormant volcanos; get a bird’s- Campsite. From there, you can either after track over time and slowly make eye view of a range of lakes and even walk back the way you came, camp your way around the 150km of MTB land on the Waikato River where you overnight (pre-booking required), or trails in the Whakarewarewa Forest. get to experience Orakei Korako – a catch the water taxi back to the start Mountain Bike Rotorua have a wide geothermal wonderland. with Totally Tarawera. The perfect mix range of bikes to hire along with a of adventure and relaxation. brilliant café!
16 ON HOLIDAY – NEHE MILNER-SKUDDER What activity would you say is a must do for people to choose from on the menu. I went for the oysters, visiting Rotorua and why? chicken bites, and mix of meats on a stone grill which came with some salad. Also had the cookie with ice I would recommend the tour of Mokoia Island. It was a cream for dessert which I highly recommend. However, great opportunity to learn about the historical events, as Willy Wairua would say, do the mahi get the treats. the birds, the wildlife and geography of this sacred island of Te Arawa. What would you recommend people do to relax when Are there any hidden gems visiting Rotorua? that you have discovered whilst visiting Rotorua? Polynesian Spa Speaking of gems, I came across a shop on Eat Streat, Would you recommend that Puāwai Jade Studio that other couples visit Rotorua? showcases incredible pieces If so why? of carvings and sculptures produced locally and by other Plenty of things to do as a NZ artists. That's definitely a couple, whether you want to place to check out. relax at the Polynesian spa or partake in some adventure activities. It really does have Do you have any childhood something for everyone. memories visiting Rotorua? If so, what are they and why did they leave a lasting What are you busy with at impression? the moment? I’ve always enjoyed playing I’m busy with Rugby at the touch in Rotorua. Touch moment - we are well into our has played a massive part Super Rugby season now so in shaping me as a rugby that takes up a fair amount player. I’ve got a lot of good of time. I'm also doing some memories playing in Rotorua study and have a couple of for tournaments. There was other things on the go as well. always so much to do when we had down time. When you aren’t busy with rugby what gets you up in the What is your favourite café, mornings? restaurant or eatery in Rotorua? What did you eat there and why would you My partner when she wants to do stuff, or my dogs recommend this establishment? when they're crying because they need to be let out to go toilet. Otherwise I really get excited about attacking I’ve had a mean feed at CBK restaurant, they had plenty the day and making the most out of each opportunity.
17 TO DO MOUNTAIN JADE Step into our workshop and discover the largest collection of jade art and jewellery in New Zealand. Meet the country’s finest greenstone artists and see them at work transforming raw stone into carved art. FREE JADE DISCOVERY TOUR Join a FREE guided tour of our workshop to discover how we carve jade, by hand. Learn how local artists design, shape and finish each piece to the highest level. Take a journey into the rich history of New Zealand pounamu and uncover its traditional uses and values. Explore the cultural influences behind our designs and discover the ancient Māori beliefs that jade lives and breathes. Learn how greenstone is formed deep within the earth and get up close to different types of jade from around the world - discovering the incredible variations in colours, textures and features. This FREE, personalised experience runs on demand 10am-5pm daily. No bookings are required, and all ages are welcome. YOUR PIECE OF NEW ZEALAND Come and explore our range of traditional and contemporary jade art and jewellery. Each piece in our exclusive collection is one of a kind and lovingly crafted from the world’s finest quality jade. Our knowledgeable team can help you to find a personal piece that will forever connect you to New Zealand or a meaningful gift to take home for a loved one. 1288 Fenton St, Rotorua email@example.com (07) 349 1828 mountainjade.co.nz
18 TO DO ROTORUA CANOPY TOURS Soar through the trees and experience New Zealand’s ancient forest like never before – in two unforgettable zipline adventures. Immerse yourself in this intact native eco-system filled with towering trees, native flora and beautiful birdsong. Rotorua Canopy Tours is New hear wood pigeons, tui, North Island Zealand’s number one ranked outdoor robins, bellbirds, tomtits, fantails and experience on Trip Advisor. There are more as they flit amongst the tree two unique eco-tour experiences to canopy around you. Create amazing choose from, featuring a network of memories that will last a lifetime. ziplines, suspended swing bridges, THE ULTIMATE CANOPY TOUR treetop platforms and forest trails, as you journey deep into 500 hectares of The Ultimate Canopy Tour is higher, ancient forest. Get below the surface, longer and even more spectacular above the trees, learn about the past than the award-winning Original and become part of the future in an Canopy Tour. The Ultimate Canopy adventure like nothing else. Tour is not for the faint of heart, this experience is a step up in adventure Each tour has a limit of 10 people level and incorporates some incredible and your authentic Kiwi guide brings new features that will blow you away. knowledge, fun and creativity to a It includes a suspended cliff-face story that goes back 1000 years. It’s an walkway, swing bridges, controlled adventure that puts you at the heart descent and an impressive 400m of the forest restoration story, with long tandem zipline so you can share every ticket purchased contributing the experience of our longest zipline to conservation efforts to restore the together! Glide across wide open Dansey Road Scenic Reserve. valleys, deep gorges and lose yourself THE ORIGINAL CANOPY TOUR in this untouched forest. This award-winning three-hour tour is perfect for all ages. Your guide will show you what New Zealand was once like from the top of the forest canopy and explain the conservation challenges that now exist. In between the thrill of ziplines (flying foxes) and suspended tree bridges, you’ll see and 147 Fairy Springs Rd, Rotorua firstname.lastname@example.org (07) 343 1001 or 0800 226 679 canopytours.co.nz
19 TO DO VELOCITY VALLEY ADVENTURE PARK Experience six iconic New Zealand inspired activities within one location. Velocity Valley is the home of speed and adrenaline catering for all ages and adventure abilities. Located amid the sweeping hills of PACKAGES Paradise Valley in Rotorua, Velocity 4-Tune $129.00pp ($32.25 per ride) Valley’s refined identity is a reflection of Choose any 4 adventures from Swoop, what their six rides offer - speed, rapid Agrojet, Freefall Xtreme & Shweeb movement and the rush of leaving your Racer comfort zone. VIP Package $219.00pp From pulling the cord and diving head The ultimate adventure pass. first through the air on the Swoop at Bungy Jump + Swoop, Agrojet, 130km/h to experiencing one of New Freefall Xtreme & Shweeb Racer Zealand’s fastest jet sprint boats on a purpose-built water course at 100km/h, Family Share Packages* you can be sure speed and adrenaline is Share 6 rides between family ($31.50 in your future at Velocity Valley. per ride) Share 8 rides between family ($27.38 Take it down a notch and reach new per ride) heights by harnessing your inner Share 10 rides between family ($24.90 superhero on New Zealand’s only per ride) outdoor tunnel – Freefall Xtreme, or battle for victory against family Freestyle AirBag $30.00pp or friends as you pedal one of two Two hour time session with suspended aerodynamic pods with the unlimited rolls. worlds one and only Shweeb Racer. *See website for more details. If aerial tricks are more your thing bring your bike along and hit air on the country’s only dedicated bike Freestyle Airbag. 1335 Paradise Valley Rd, Rotorua email@example.com 0800 949 888 velocityvalley.co.nz
20 TO DO WAIMANGU VOLCANIC VALLEY EDUCATIONAL FAMILY DAY OUT Covered in regenerating native forest and fascinating flora, spectacular geothermal features and distinctive birdlife, pack up the family and enjoy a day out you will never forget exploring Waimangu Volcanic Valley’s immersive nature trails. Created following the Mount Tarawera DISCOVER THE HIDDEN PINK AND eruption in 1886 - which devastated WHITE TERRACES UNDER the area and covered what was LAKE ROTOMAHANA known as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the Enjoy a boat cruise on Lake World’, the Pink and White Terraces - Rotomahana - home to the hidden Waimangu’s history and legacy lends Pink and White Terraces - and let the itself to plenty of rich experiences and wonders of AR technology restore stories for the whole family. the sights that once brought so many Let the kids explore the valley and intrepid travellers to the shores of discover the temperature of some the lake, and spark kids’ imaginations of Waimangu’s amazing geothermal about the mystery of the terraces’ fate. features using one of the digital Waimangu’s AR app is free to ‘temperature gun’ thermometers download on Apple and Android available for hire. Highlights include devices. Locations of interest are Frying Pan Lake - one of the world’s geo-tagged, allowing visitors to enjoy largest hot water springs with a the natural beauty of Waimangu until surface area of 3.8 ha, and the there is something hidden to be seen picturesque Inferno Crater Lake which with AR. rises and falls as it heats and cools. Open 8:30am l Last admission 3:30pm The wonders of Inferno Crater Lake’s 38-day cycle can also be uncovered APRIL SCHOOL HOLIDAYS through Waimangu’s new augmented GUIDED TOUR reality (AR) app. The app also brings to life many other fascinating Enjoy a guided tour specifically for geological insights, like the now- families and little volcanologists during extinct Waimangu Geyser, which the April school holiday (13 - 28 April, regularly played in the valley between 2019). Bookings required. 1900 and 1904 and erupted to heights of over 400 m. 587 Waimangu Rd, Rotorua firstname.lastname@example.org (07) 366 6137 waimangu.co.nz
21 TO DO WAIKITE VALLEY THERMAL POOLS, SPRINGS ‘N’ SPA 100% pure natural geothermal water, direct from the largest single source of boiling water in New Zealand provides a natural geothermal bathing experience for all to enjoy. ROTORUA’S COMPLETE NATURAL CAMPGROUND GEOTHERMAL BATHING EXPERIENCE To complement the pool complex is a Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, Springs simple yet quaint 28 site campground ‘n’ Spa is a unique place to experience with shower, laundry and kitchen bathing in 100% pure natural facilities. Being handy to other geothermal waters. The boiling, sulphur attractions in the area (just 6kms from free, calcite laden waters, direct from Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland) the depths of the earth, cascade into means Waikite Valley Thermal our outdoor Settler’s Pool, Pergola Pool Pools and Campground is the ideal and Garden Pools, Sit ‘n’ Soak Pool spot for those passing through by and Tubs, and provide bathing options van, motorhome or tenting. Due to for all ages. A temperature range of popularity, bookings are recommended between 35 and 40 degrees is offered. (email@example.com). All pools are drained and refilled daily. OPENING HOURS Changing facilities, including showers and family change rooms are available. 10.00am to 9.00pm Daily (except for Christmas Day) Private Pool options (bookings recommended) are also available, as is First pools drained from 8.30pm. swimsuit and towel hire. Pukeko In A Punga Tree Café TE MANAROA SPRING open 12.00pm to 7.00pm daily. An eco-trail which snakes its way Check out our reviews on TripAdvisor. alongside a boiling river leading to the spectacular Te Manaroa Spring provides a face to face encounter with raw natural geothermal activity at its best. A must see! 648 Waikite Valley Rd, Rotorua firstname.lastname@example.org (07) 333 1861 hotpools.co.nz
22 TO DO PARADISE VALLEY SPRINGS WILDLIFE PARK Interact closely with a range of New Zealand’s wild animals, native birds, farm animals and trout, and get up close to a large pride of African Lions. DON’T JUST LOOK, GET HANDS ON ‘Paradise Pure’ to take away with you. Animals that are found wild around the Take our elevated treetops walk in a country such as deer, goats, tahr and tranquil and secluded area of the park, wallabies, as well as a range of sociable putting you up near the canopy of farm animals like alpacas, emus and the trees. sheep can all be hand-fed throughout THE PRIDE OF PARADISE the day. There is also a pride of African Lions UP CLOSE WITH THE NATIVE BIRDS that can be seen all day in an enclosure Visit the Kea, New Zealand’s infamous that allows visitors to get very close and comical parrot in their walk- to these wild animals. The afternoon through aviary, see kakariki and kereru feeding show is a great time to see birds and meet our friendly tui. Stroll the lions active and to learn a bit more through our waterbird wetland for about the pride. great views of native and introduced Paradise Valley Springs is open every waterfowl, and look out for the day of the year from 8am to dark, with different native birds living wild around last entry at 5pm. Lion feeding is at the park. 2.30pm everyday, followed by kea and CASCADING WATERWAYS possum feeding at 3pm. Fern edged pools show off hundreds of We hope to see you at Paradise soon. rainbow and brown trout. Feed the wild trout in the natural stream and get eye to eye at the underwater window. Look out for large native long-finned eels lazing in their ponds. NATURE AT ITS BEST Pathways through native trees lead to our freshwater spring where you can drink straight from the source, then purchase some of our own bottled 467 Paradise Valley Rd, Rotorua email@example.com (07) 348 9667 paradisevalleysprings.co.nz
23 TO DO QE HEALTH WELLNESS & SPA An exceptional Geothermal Spa with soothing massages, warming mud and calming thermal waters. Esthétique at QE Health – a new vision of beauty therapy and appearance medicine. RECOVERY, REJUVENATION the mid-19th century witnessing the AND RELAXATION majestic geothermal landscape and Enjoy the serene surroundings of Maori culture that flowed through to QE Health’s boutique spa. Mineral-rich a spa culture. In 1908, The Bathhouse mud baths are drawn for you and debuted in the Government Gardens. only you. There’s a full range of QE Health was originally a massages including Aix (under hot, convalescent centre for soldiers geothermal, alkaline waters that returning from World War II with a make Rotorua world-famous). holistic approach to therapy including Relax in geothermal pools, detoxify and spa treatment. reinvigorate. WELLNESS FOR YOU Be pampered at Esthétique at QE QE Health Wellness and Spa’s 75 Health with beauty therapy, clinical, years of expert clinical treatment advanced skincare and appearance informs everything they do today. medicine. It is embedded in their DNA with a holistic approach to your wellness And you can take home a slice of and, as a medical spa, all therapies are Rotorua with QE Health’s own exclusive clinically based. range of fragrant soaps, bath bombs, body scrubs and bath salts - all hand- QE offers a wide range of healthcare made in Rotorua, using the finest, including physiotherapy, psychology, luxurious essential orthotics, dietetics, occupational oils and the same healing volcanic therapy, rheumatology, wellness for mud and goat’s milk used in their cancer and fitness classes. spa treatments. JOIN THEM QE’S STORY Relax and experience an authentic It’s Rotorua’s story, from Maori settling Rotorua Geothermal Spa, knowing you here, 700 years ago, partly because are in safe, expert hands. Breathe deep of the geothermal waters. The first and leave refreshed for the rest of your tourists were Victorian adventurers in stay in this remarkable city. 1073 Whakaue St, Rotorua firstname.lastname@example.org (07) 343 1665 qehealth.co.nz
24 TO DO SKYLINE ROTORUA GRAVITY PARK BEST DAY OUT ON TWO WHEELS With a 12 km network of mountain bike trails to suit the keenest of riders, Skyline Rotorua Gravity Park offers an epic day out on two wheels. Home to New Zealand’s first year- Season Pass: round Gondola-assisted bike lift, Skyline • Adults (15yrs+) $799 Gravity Park is your gateway to world- • Youth $549 class downhill mountain biking on your back doorstep. Uplifts from $59 per adult Begin with a Gondola ride up Mount BIKE HIRE OR A QUICK SERVICE Ngongotaha to Skyline Gravity Park, Mountain Bike Rotorua operates from then choose a trail that will get the the bottom terminal at Skyline Rotorua, heart pumping. Trails include: Hipster, with rental bikes for hire and all your Upper Sprint Warrior, Day Walker, mountain biking needs on site. Dweedle Dee and Hucks n’ Hooves (intermediate); Lower Sprint Warrior, From a quick fix to the spare tube, the Dweedle Dum, Ten Fifty One and Mr team will be onsite from 9am daily to Black (advanced); and B.Y.O and The help with all your biking requirements. Fuzz (expert). CRANKWORX MTB FESTIVAL NEW TRAIL: DEBT COLLECTOR The world’s largest mountain biking New to the trail network is Debt festival is descending on Skyline Collector, an expert track which splits Rotorua Gravity Park for the fourth year off from B.Y.O. after the switch backs. running from 19 to 24 March, 2019. The track features tight dropping Come and discover why Skyline Gravity corners, off-camber turns and a rock Park’s trails have been classed as drop. “dirt gold” and watch as world-class SECURE YOUR RIDE WITH A VIEW mountain bike athletes defy gravity at events including Air DH, Dual Speed & Get ready to ride more with the Skyline Style, Whip Off and more. Rotorua Mountain Bike Season Pass. A season pass gives you Gondola While the event itself is ticketed, you access to the trails year-round (except can continue to ride the world-class on blackout dates) plus a whole lot of trails with an uplift or day pass. other great perks. 178 Fairy Springs Rd, Rotorua email@example.com (07) 347 0027 skyline.co.nz/rotorua
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26 TO DO POLYNESIAN SPA Polynesian Spa is perfect for those seeking to rejuvenate their health and wellbeing and brings you our Mindful Moments retreat to help you switch off from your busy life to bring mind, body and spirit into balance. Spend two days on our Mindful Moments Retreat surrounded by the natural elements of Rotorua and Polynesian Spa’s therapeutic alkaline and acid waters. You will be guided through yoga, mindfulness, meditation, wellness workshops and take time to indulge in world-renowned Polynesian Spa therapy treatments. Mindful Moments is hosted by our highly experienced Spa and Retreat Manager Helena Keenan and inspirational Polynesian Spa Health and Wellness ambassador Rachel Grunwell. This unique geothermal bathing and soul soothing retreat originated here at Polynesian Spa in 2016 and has established itself as a must do health and wellness experience for those wanting to unwind, relax and reset. WEEKEND RETREAT DATES 2019 • 15th - 16th June • 10th - 11th August • 9th - 10th November Visit www.polynesianspa.co.nz for more information. 1000 Hinemoa St, Rotorua firstname.lastname@example.org (07) 348 1328 polynesianspa.co.nz
27 TO DO A ROTORUA MUST DO: REDWOODS TREEWALK Experience this must do attraction by both day and night! It is highly recommended and only 5 minutes from city centre. The Redwoods Treewalk offers visitors the opportunity to see this natural treasure from a bird’s eye perspective, up to twelve metres from the ground. Walk into the canopy of the forest, breathe in the pure air and listen to the chorus of native birds. No rush, just nature and you. The daytime walk allows for breath- taking views from each of the 22 living decks along the half-kilometre journey. Informative signs allow visitors to take in the full scope of this natural gem. Open every night, the enchanted forest comes alive with the Redwood Nightlights. The creations of award winning design and conservation icon David Trubridge, this immersive experience ensures that you discover the forest in a whole new light; enhancing the majesty of the Redwoods and the native ferns. This is a truly magical and surreal experience. A Trubridge spiral & lantern entrance opened in March and a new high walk has just been added featuring see though bridge sections. Open daily from 9:00 am till late. Long Mile Rd, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua treewalk.co.nz email@example.com Redwoods Treewalk Rotorua
28 TO DO HOBBITON MOVIE SET Experience the charm of Middle-earth at Hobbiton, where you can step into the lush pastures of the Shire, as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. THE TOUR Venture from geothermal Rotorua with us on one of our twice-daily tours. You will cruise through the stunning Mamaku Ranges and into the Fitzgerald Glade in one of our transfer coaches, before you find yourself in the Waikato region, deep in the captivating landscapes of the Shire™. On arrival you will have the chance to experience the real Middle-earth™ at the Hobbiton™ Movie Set, where you can step into the lush pastures of the Shire, as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies. Your guide will escort you around the set, showing the intricate detailing, pointing out the most famous locations and explaining how the movie magic was made. See Hobbit Holes™, the Mill and venture into the world-famous Green Dragon™ Inn, where you can enjoy a complimentary, exclusive beverage to conclude your own Middle- Earth adventure. Tours leave daily from the Hobbiton Movie Set Shop. 1235 Fenton St, Rotorua firstname.lastname@example.org 0508 4 HOBBITON hobbitontours.com
29 TO DO SELF-DRIVE RAIL CARS RAILCRUISING Imagine sitting in control of your own rail car travelling along a railway line with nothing ahead but the unobstructed curve of the rail stretching out into the distance. RailCruising is the new tourist activity Cruisers are then turned and head back that allows people just like you the to Mamaku. ability to travel along railway lines in Cruising along at 20km/hr, you can your own powered self-drive, 4-seat listen to the audio tour and discover a railway vehicle called the RailCruiser. unique piece of New Zealand railway The rail journey of 20km takes history. This is the ultimate way to approximately 1.5 hours return through experience a railway. the beautiful Dansey Native Forest and The RailCruiser V3000 is the world’s rolling farmland with views out over first fully automated, state of the art Lake Rotorua. Listen to the commentary petrol-electric four seat self-drive and discover a unique piece of New hybrid rail vehicle. The RailCruiser has Zealand railway and local history. comfortable seats with unobstructed The RailCruiser has comfortable seats views, is fitted with clear drop down with unobstructed views, is fitted with waterproof sides and comes with clear drop-down waterproof sides, onboard heating. windscreen wipers, blankets provided Trips depart daily from Mamaku and comes with onboard heating. Railway Station at: RailCruising is a special experience to 11am, 1pm & 3pm (Nov-Apr) be shared with family and friends. It is and 11am & 1pm (May-Oct). popular with clubs and social groups with many combining RailCruising with Bookings are essential. lunch or dinner at the iconic Mamaku Railway Station. “What a great innovation! These little How does RailCruising work? Groups trains take you on a wee journey of of RailCruisers spaced apart, travel 19km’s return through the native forest 10km together in one direction from seeing Farmland and Lake Rotorua.” Mamaku Railway Station to Tarukenga Recent TripAdvisor Review Railway Station. At Tarukenga the Rail 11 Kaponga Street, Mamaku email@example.com 0800 72 45 74 railcruising.com
30 TO DO ROTORUA HERITAGE FARM Rotorua Heritage Farm presents exceptional experiences for anyone. We offer fun, exciting and educational activities for all visitors - The Farm Tour, The Farm Tour with Sheep Shearing, 3D Trick Art, Farmside Buffet. THE FARM TOUR AND THE FARM TOUR WITH SHEEP SHEARING An hour long tour led by a qualified team of guides, includes meeting nursery animals, travelling through our farm environment on covered trailers while experiencing and feeding farm animals with the guide providing educational information about the farm and its livestock. The experience concludes with a world class exhilarating dog show and sheep shearing performance. 3D TRICK ART A 3 dimensional experience of 50 paintings that all ages can enjoy and is a first in the New Zealand market. It offers an educational, creative and imaginative experience. 3D Trick Art has been rated as 3rd out of 117 attractions in Rotorua according to Tripadvisor. FARMSIDE BUFFET Set in beautiful farm surroundings, Farmside Buffet offer a great venue for private hire for special events such as weddings, birthdays, conferences and more. 171 Fairy Springs Rd, Rotorua firstname.lastname@example.org (07) 349 0920 rotoruaheritagefarm.co.nz
31 TO DO VOLCANIC AIR HELICOPTER AND FLOATPLANE TOURS From the first experience of flight in either a floatplane or helicopter through to the thrill of exploring our stunning lakes district, vibrant geothermal reserves and remarkable volcanoes, Volcanic Air have an option for everyone. Helicopter options include landing New product is our Volcanic on two of New Zealand’s most iconic Adventure by Helicopter, this one Volcanoes, White Island and Mount hour tour includes a landing on Mount Tarawera. White Island is our only Tarawera with a flight that embraces permanently active volcano and spectacular aerial views of the walking around the active crater floor Rotorua Lakes District, Tarawera Falls, on an almost lunar like landscape is a Waimangu Geothermal Valley and Wai- once in a lifetime experience. O-Tapu Geothermal Reserve. In contrast, landing on the summit of Volcanic Air is located conveniently Mount Tarawera is awe inspiring. This is at the Rotorua Lakefront, a short walk the site of the largest eruption in New from many accommodation providers. Zealand’s living memory and standing With flights starting from $115 per on the summit commands stunning person and ranging from 8 minutes views of the volcanoes massive craters to 3.5 hour. Whatever your timeframe, and the surrounding lakes district and budget or special interest, join us national parks. for the experience of a lifetime and Floatplane tours offer the romance of discover New Zealand at its best! taking off and landing from various “What an amazing few hours I had lake sites and flying over the region’s taking a helicopter flight over to White unique volcanic landscape. Popular Island. Not only do you get to land is our Mount Tarawera Waimangu and walk around an active volcano but flyover, however for the more you have amazing views of the lakes, adventurous, landing by floatplane forests and coast as you fly out there.” at the hidden valley of Orakei Korako Recent TripAdvisor Review and exploring the valley’s geothermal activity offers a unique over view of our lakes district volcanoes and geothermal playground. Memorial Dr, City Lakefront, Rotorua email@example.com 0800 800 848 or (07) 348 9984 volcanicair.co.nz
32 TO DO EXPERIENCE THE KAITIAKI DIFFERENCE RAFT – SLEDGE – HIKE Kaitiaki Adventures offers superior and unforgettable white-water rafting, sledging and hiking experiences. We give our clients an initiation into aspects of Maori culture through myth and legends and Karakia (Maori prayer) all whilst experiencing the ultimate adrenaline rush. World class half day experiences. RAFT THE KAITUNA RIVER WITH of Waimangu, at the same time OUR WORLD CLASS GUIDES destroying the legendary Snake through steep bush clad Pink and White Terraces. This canyons and over 14 awesome drops fully guided walking experience including the highest commercially encompasses the unique landscape rafted waterfall in the world: The seven and history of the area. metre high Tutea Falls. Blended with a Beginning with an off-road 4x4 journey touch of Maori culture, this trip offers through native New Zealand bush, it all, for both white-water rafting transporting you to the craters edge. enthusiasts and first timers. Grade 5. With unmatched scenic vistas and KAITIAKI ADVENTURES ARE NEW 360 panoramic views this experience ZEALAND’S ORIGINAL WHITE- is ideal for all ages and includes an WATER SLEDGING SPECIALISTS optional run in to the heart of the volcanic crater. There is something for everyone on this beautiful scenic excursion. Play No previous experience is required holes and awesome rapids to negotiate on any of the excursions we provide. your way through as you are in charge Kaitiaki Adventures will give you all the of your own vessel. Take the river on at training and safety equipment of the eye level and propel yourself through highest standard to make it a safe yet the water by the flippers on your unforgettable journey. feet. Our qualified guides are there Our world class guides are all to encourage, motivate and help you NZQA Qualified and our business where necessary. is QualmarkGOLD Endorsed and a NEW ZEALAND’S ONLY Maritime Safety certified operation. MT TARAWERA VOLCANIC CRATER WALK Experience the majesty of Mt Tarawera. Infamous for its eruption on June 10th, 1886, Mt Tarawera created the world’s youngest geothermal valley 1135 Te Ngae Rd, Tikitere, Rotorua firstname.lastname@example.org 0800 338 736 or (07) 350 1151 kaitiaki.co.nz
33 TO DO ORAKEI KORAKO — CAVE AND THERMAL PARK Quoted by Lonely Planet Travellers guide as “arguably the best thermal area in New Zealand”: A self-guided walk of 2.5km which takes about 1 to 1.5 hours. Situated just 25 minutes north of Taupo and 45 minutes south of Rotorua, nestled on the shores of Lake Ohakuri lies “The Hidden Valley“ of Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park. Orakei Korako translated means “The Place of Adorning”. Wander through a valley of unbelievable colour, bubbling hot springs, gushing geysers and unimaginable natural beauty preserved by its isolation from the outside world. Scenes from BBC’s Natural History Series “Walking with Dinosaurs” were filmed at Orakei Korako. Look down into Ruatapu Cave, one of only two geothermal Caves known to exist in the world and an experience not to be missed. 120 feet down a thermal mirror pool is situated at the bottom. Lonely Planet Travellers Guide writes; “Orakei Korako is arguably the best thermal area left in New Zealand”. Access to Orakei Korako is by ferry, at no extra charge. Average sightseeing time is about 1 hour. Ferrys do not run to a timetable, so you may visit the valley as soon as you arrive if you wish. Free Overnight Campervan parking. (must be self-contained) Find us on Facebook and Instagram. 494 Orakei Korako Road, RD2, Reporoa email@example.com (07) 378 3131 orakeikorako.co.nz
34 TO DO EXPLORE SPECTACULAR NATURE AND GEOTHERMAL WONDERS Just 20 minutes drive south of Rotorua, discover Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. CASHLESS Site – all major credit cards and EFTPOS are accepted. Nestled in a natural bush setting see a geyser in action. A knowledgeable and sculpted over thousands of presenter tells the story of the geyser years by volcanic activity, a series of every morning by way of introduction to defined tracks create a unique and the eruption. wonderous experience. OPEN DAILY “One of the 20 Most Surreal Places Winter: 8:30am to 5:00pm (last in the World” Trip Advisor admission 3:45pm) Explore spectacular nature at New Summer: 8:30am to 6:00pm (last Zealand’s most colourful natural admission 4:45pm) volcanic park. Walks through this unique Christmas Day – 25 December: 8:30am to geothermal area take between 45 and 5:00pm (last admission 3:45pm) 90 minutes and provide a wide range of amazing photo opportunities and Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is open features including the world famous daily – 365 days of the year including Champagne Pool, naturally coloured all Public Holidays. Wai-O-Tapu Thermal hot and cold springs, steaming ground, Wonderland is Smoke Free within the expansive vistas, huge volcanic craters visitor centre and geothermal park. and sinter terrace formations. Tickets to the geothermal park and The Visitor Centre incorporates a souvenir Lady Knox geyser can be purchased retailing area, Café and ‘Sky Deck’ with online. Alternatively, ticket purchases indoor and outdoor seating. Picnic spots are available at the visitor centre. are available both inside the park and in It is advised to complete your ticket our parking areas. purchase by 10am if you are attending the Lady Knox Geyser show. LADY KNOX GEYSER PRESENTED DAILY AT 10.15AM Book online for 10% OFF Set in its own amphitheatre, a short drive Use promo code FAMOUS from the main park is the Lady Knox Discount available for online tickets only. For your own safety, please ensure you and your Geyser which is presented daily at 10.15am. children stick to the walkways, stay behind the This provides a unique opportunity to barriers, and obey the safety signs. 201 Waiotapu Loop Rd RD3, Rotorua firstname.lastname@example.org (07) 366 6333 waiotapu.co.nz
35 TO DO THE LIVING MAORI VILLAGE - WHAKAREWAREWA Where in the world do you have the opportunity to visit and engage with Maori people at their home in a geothermal village? Set in a geothermal wonderland, Whakarewarewa – The Living Māori Village is one of New Zealand’s oldest, iconic and most authentic destinations, offering an unforgettable day-time experience. In our village, which is home to the Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao people, enjoy a guided tour with a local and learn about Māori culture and traditions. Gain insights into life in a thermal village where locals utilise geothermal activity for warmth, cooking and bathing. You’ll be amazed at our backyard: We have bubbling mud, steaming mineral pools and erupting geysers, including Pōhutu Geyser, NZ’s largest and most active geyser. Experiencing a Māori cultural performance is a must do and Whakarewarewa offers twice daily concerts, which includes the fearsome haka. Take some time and sample some local kai (food), there’s hangi cooked by geothermal steam boxes, or the Hangi Pie, which will delight the foodies! Come and visit our beautiful home and enjoy our famous hospitality. Set in a bubbling and steaming geothermal wonderland. Open daily - 8.30am – 5.00pm. 17 Tryon St, Whakarewarewa email@example.com (07) 349 3463 whakarewarewa.com
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