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Natural attractions

The Redwoods: 5500 hectares of glorious trees

Breathe in the fresh woody air of Whakarewarewa Forest as you explore the biking, walking or horse-riding trails or traverse the canopy of these mighty Californian coastal redwood trees. Read the story . . . 

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Pōhutu Geyser: the largest geyser in the southern hemisphere

Feel the raw energy and explosive power of the largest geyser in the southern hemisphere at Te Whakarewarewa, a living thermal Māori village. Read the story . . . 

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Wai-O-Tapu: thermal wonderland

Experience a remarkably diverse geothermal amphitheatre thousands of years in the making. Read the story . . . 

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Indulgence

Spas and relaxation: natural hot springs in Rotorua

Soak in naturally heated mineral pools while you look out over the lake, take a twilight mud bath, or bathe under a waterfall in a natural hot spring. Read the story . . . 

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Mount Tarawera: sleeping giant

Lake Tarawera, at the foot of the ruins of Mount Tarawera, is the site of New Zealand’s creepiest ghost story. Read the story . . . 

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Rotorua: hot pools

From fumaroles and mini geysers to steaming stormwater drains, Rotorua has hot water and boiling bogs to burn.  Read the story . . . 

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Whakarewarewa Valley

Picturing the transition from their homeland to the decidedly sub-tropical rigours of New Zealand, you can imagine the attraction of Whakarewarewa for the first Polynesian settlers. Read the story . . . 

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Rotorua: rafting

The upper reaches of the Kaituna River are pretty and placid enough. But then you hear rumours of 'the Big One'...  Read the story . . . 

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Te Urewera: the national park that isn’t

Te Urewera, the mountainous homeland of Ngāi Tūhoe, spent 60 years as a national park – a brief period considering the place has evidence of its seabed origins millions of years earlier. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Thermal Explorer Highway: Auckland to Napier

How about an epic roadie straight down the North Island to the land where the languid meandering of the mighty Waikato gives way to the hiss of steam in roistering Rotorua? Read the story . . . 

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Rotorua: embracing the laws of physics

Millions of people have ridden the luge since it opened, and the vast majority of them have survived. They’ll swear by it...  Read the story . . . 

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Five picks for a weekend in Rotorua

There's plenty to keep you busy for a weekend escape in Rotorua. Read the story . . . 

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Five great days out with kids in the Bay of Plenty

If you're out and about in the Bay of Plenty with kids, we've ideas for five full days of family fun.  Read the story . . . 

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Classic Rotorua

Known as Roto-Vegas for good reason, the Rotorua tourist trail is bright, exciting and loaded with thrills.  Read the story . . . 

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Things to do

Climb Mount Tarawera

Despite its destructive history, Mount Tarawera today is a sleeping giant. Read the story . . . 

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Take to the mountain bike trails in Whakarewarewa Forest

The Whakarewarewa Forest, aka ‘The Redwoods,’ is 5500 hectares of magnificent native and exotic trees on the outskirts of Rotorua City.   Read the story . . . 

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