A town like no other...
Rotorua is in the heart of the North Island...and where tourism in New Zealand originated 150 years ago...
Three hours from Auckland, half a day from Australia and a day from the rest of the world...
From the moment you enter town you know you’re somewhere quite different. Geysers of steaming water shoot from the ground. Bizarre smelling pools of boiling mud bubble and belch. Geothermal pools create a kaleidoscope of colour.
Our remarkable landscape is far more than stunning vistas. It is a succession of incredible adventures and experiences.
For the adrenaline junkies try luging, bungy jumping, zorbing, jet sprinting, The Shweeb and The Swoop or four-wheel drive tours.
Soak up some local culture at Rotorua Museum and Art Gallery and at authentic Maori Villages.
Or just soak those aching muscles in steaming hot mineral pools.
And In a country with some great mountain biking, the 160 kilometre network of trails of the Whakarewarewa Forest on the southern outskirts of the city are some of the finest.
The legendary Mike Ferrentino, when he was writing for US magazine, BIKE, described it like this:
“Rotorua…Tourism central…This haven of geysers and mud pools is, and always has been, New Zealand’s meeting point between tourism and Maoritanga…Not that we really had time to notice or care, sucked immediately as we were into the local forest, onto trails built by mountain bikers with mountain bikers in mind. Trails in verdant shade that dip and weave and roll. Trails that sneak through trees in a way that makes hard riders hoot with joy yet at the same time could coax a huge grin to the face of a 70-year-old grandma on her first bike ride ever.
Sure, gawk at the geysers, wrinkle your nose at the stinking mud holes, soak in the springs, but get down on your knees and kiss the mulchy earth of these trails because they are the true hidden treasure here.”
Our tracks provide a rich playground for locals and tourists (from New Zealand and overseas) all compressed into around 40 square kilometres of lush, ferny forest and catering for everyone: from beginners and family groups right through to the experts.
Ride on single tracks and forest roads, through Redwoods, Eucaplyptus and Pine Forest and high above the Blue Lake, Tikitapu and Green Lake, Rotokakahi.
Or break out the road bike and enjoy some local loops on quiet country roads.
With regular daily scheduled bus services from all North Island regional centres and direct air services from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, Rotorua is very accessible.
So come and explore this diverse and unique region, and discover why people have been drawn
here for more than 150 years.
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