Rotorua is one of New Zealand's most popular destinations and has been attracting visitors to its geothermal springs, and rejuvenating spas since the nineteenth century. This amazing place is located on the North Island, and is situated in the middle of an ancient volcanic zone. Its bubbling mud pools, geothermal geysers, steaming rocks, and hydrothermal lakes emit volcanic gasses purported to have healing properties, and create a virtual kaleidoscope of color. This is also the epicenter of Maori culture. The authentic music, dance, and traditional foods prepared in a "hangi” (earthen oven) are an integral part of the Rotorua experience, and have largely shaped the development of New Zealand society.
Rotorua has a moderate sea climate with four distinct seasons, and winds that are warmed by the nearby volcanoes. Rotorua and its surrounding area offer a variety of things to do and see, from adrenaline pumping adventure to the relaxation and rejuvenation of New Zealand's most renowned Spa and Wellness facilities. Climb a volcano, explore New Zealand farm life, walk through the incredible geothermal hot spots, hike through native bush, mountain bike the Whakarewarewa (redwoods), or hit the white water. With so much to do, fabulous accommodations, and a unique cultural blend, Rotorua is one of New Zealand's most colorful and exhilarating destinations.
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