Since over a hundred years, millions of visitors have been attracted to the thermal wonderland of New Zealand known as Rotorua. Complete with exquisite hot springs and geysers, this region is home to a variety of free as well as opulent attractions.
To get a complete experience of the thermal offerings of this rich and fertile region, consider visiting the following attractions and maybe even starting your own photography blog to document the wonders!
Located to the north of Lake Rotorua, visiting these springs is completely free for visitors. This group of natural water springs sits in a gorgeous reserve very close to the Hamurana Golf Course. The Main Spring and the Dancing Sand spring are the most commonly visited ones in this region.
Sulphur Bay or Motutara
Explore the fabulous walkway that starts right beyond the government gardens and then walk to the several geo-thermal hot springs and sulphur vents. This region is home to a variety of wildlife and water birds.
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
After the massive 1886 eruption of Mt. Tarawera, the Waimangu Volcanic Valley took birth to be known as the world’s youngest geo-thermal eco-system. With a number of walks and activities, people of all ages and fitness levels can find something to do out here.
Home of the Whakarewarewa Valley, this region too is known for its extensive geo-thermal activity. With a number of geysers and bubbling mud pools, this is an excellent way to enjoy some guided tours across the park and witness some fulfilling cultural experiences.
The Whakarewarewa Thermal Village
With similar attractions as Te Puia, this region appears to be less developed and hence more “authentic”.
In addition to this, visitors may also enjoy a trip to Rainbow Springs Nature Park, home to a few sculptured ponds and gardens that include Kiwi birds and other wildlife native to this region. The Buried Village as the name suggests, was taken over by volcanic ash in the 1886 eruption that killed about 153 people. The Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is also worth a visit.
Getting Around Rotorua
If one wishes to have a fulfilling thermal expedition while in the region, the best way to do so is by choosing to rent a vehicle. With the help of Hertz car rental services, it is possible to gain access to well maintained and equipped vehicles that allow you high levels of comfort during your journey around Rotorua and the rest of New Zealand.