Scenic Beauty And Relaxation
The Rotorua Lakes region has stunning vistas to take in and beautiful private areas where you can sit back and relax. You are also able to get up-close with the local wildlife.
Rotorua’s Polynesian Spa is somewhat of an icon of the area, having been opened in 1882 as a bath house. The spa boasts 26 mineral hot pools, of varying temperatures. Choose between our family pool, private hot pools, or Lake Spa deluxe hot pools. The pools offer the ultimate in relaxation and tranquility, with beautiful views out over Lake Rotorua. A number of spa and massage therapies are also offered, including thermal mud and manuka honey body polishes! Divine!
The beautiful Blue Baths are in a stunning art deco heritage building that’s been open as a baths since 1933. Come for a delicious soak; stay for the all the instagram-worthy photos you can take. Or if you are keen to get off the beaten track, visit the famous Kerosene Creek for free - a natural hot-springs pool and waterfall surrounded by dense forest just a short walk through the bush just a short drive out of Rotorua.
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools is located 25 minutes south of Rotorua in the picturesque Waikite Valley, surrounded by native bush and tranquil farm land. The pools are heated and filled by the Te Manaroa Spring, the largest single source of 100% boiling water in New Zealand. Spend time in the large outdoor pools or hire a private pool which looks out over the valley. The pools are special in that the water is not treated by chemicals in any way and every pool is emptied and refilled daily!
Just a 10 minute drive from Rotorua town centre, the famous Blue Lake (Lake Tikitapu) is set amongst native New Zealand bush. The Blue Lake is perfect for swimming, water skiing, kayaking and boating. Or pack your walking shoes and spend the morning walking the circular track around the lake, followed by a picnic on one of the many white sand beaches. Barbeque sites are also provided.
Lake Tarawera is located 18 kilometres from Rotorua along the same road as the Blue Lake. The lake eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886 shaped the landscape in this area, creating a stunning vista to explore. Swim at Hot Water Beach, created by natural hot springs under the sand or tramp to the beautiful spot beside the Tarawera River for a leisurely picnic. The lake can be accessed by boat at Tarawera Landing, Tarawera Outlet, Boatshed Bay and Rapatu Bay.
Discover Rotorua’s rich European and Maori history at Rotorua Museum. The museum is located in the stunning, historic Bath House building close to Lake Rotorua and Rotorua town centre. Here you can learn all about the geothermal landscape, the Maori myths and New Zealand history, through cinema experiences, galleries and interactive experiences for the kids. You’ll also be able to explore the Bath House building from the mud bath basement to the viewing platform on the roof top, learning about the building long history as a famous geothermal spa.
Explore Rotorua’s superb Wildlife Park where you can experience New Zealand’s trout, animals and birdlife in a beautiful, tranquil native bush setting. Also visit the Lion Park and pat the lion cubs ( subject to availability.) Nowhere in the world can you get closer to Lions than at Rotorua’s Paradise Valley Springs. Paradise Valley has a lion cub, available for patting daily.
Rainbow Springs offers a truly unique experience and is a must-see for anyone who wants to get to know New Zealand’s wonderful environment and animals, both during the day and at night. Visit the Kiwi encounter by day to view this scientific attraction that allows you an insight into the entire process of conservation, By night spectacularly coloured, low voltage lighting allows you to enjoy the tranquility as you roam around the park and listen to the birds calling and get closer to Kiwi than ever before in the outdoor Kiwi enclosure. Now has the Big Splash water ride for you to enjoy as well. Great fun.