We went to Waiotapu, 25 km from Rotorua (NZ $ 23 / person, a 3 km, 2 hours). Here there is a gymkhana between demonic craters of vapors and odors emanating of sulfur and other minerals. There are bubbles because of the CO2 levels. The
Whakarewarewa is one of the most amazing little villages in New Zealand. Its name is derived from the language of the Maori, the aborigines of New Zealand. It is in the North Island, close the city of Rotorua and Lake Taupo. The most
One of the top 3 visitor centers in the country, which honors Rotorua's main industry, Thermal tourism. Visit the Maori and tourism villages around Lake Taupo, the largest in New Zealand. You can make all sorts of bookings, use the
A beautiful American redwood forest situated just 5 kilometers away from Rotorua. It is parallel to the river, and has several marked trails ranging from 15 minutes to several hours, where you can completely loose yourself in nature.
Halfway between Taupo and Rotorua we found this spectacular geothermal park. It's not the most visited in the area, but is among the three most important. We can see geysers (not predictable), mud pools, but the most spectacular are
The Lady Knox is a geyser in Wai-o-Tapu, situated in the volcanic area of Taupo. It is named after Lady Constance Knox, the second daughter of Uchter Knox, Governor of New Zealand. Eruptions produce a water jet that reaches 20
Jade is the typical stone of New Zealand. Maori Aborigines have been using it to make jewelry for hundreds of years. There are many gift shops in New Zealand, but it is more interesting to visit the jade factory, where they are
This is the most intense cultural experience and complete immersion into Maori history in New Zealand. Maori history is depicted from their arrival in New Zealand, with a reception in which you can see the warriors with their
Incredible beach, continuation of Mt Manganui, also nice but more crowded. A beach with many many kilometeres, with good waves for surfing and the ability to catch clams for dinner (limit 115 per person, as I remember). (Mt Manganui:
Mount M. is a place you cannot miss stopping by, lovely beaches, lovely landscapes and many people from around the world, it is only 2 hours from Auckland and 10 minutes from Tauranga .... climb the mountain because the view is
This is a strange place, because it combines a mini amusement park with hanging aerodynamic bikes, floating air turbine, penduling, jetboat, and also a small zoo with animals such as buffalo and ostrich.