Rotorua New Zealand
Rotorua is world famous for its geothermal activity
in the form of bubbling mud pools, geysers, steaming vents, health
spas, and its focus on Maori culture and history.
All the services you would expect in a major town are available
here, but be sure to make the most of the unique natural features.
Maori concerts, hangi (feast), and cultural tours are popular
activities. Visit the Museum located in the Tudor-style Bath House
(New Zealand's most photographed building), and delve into the
history of the area and its progress since the arrival of man. Learn
about nearby Mt Tarawera that erupted in 1886, splitting apart the
mountain, burying villages and destroying the spectacular Pink and
White Terraces, one of the features that first brought tourists to
this area. There are many locations for viewing thermal activity,
each offering a slightly different combination of features and
The surrounding district is abundant in natural features that
incorporate many lakes and extensive areas of native bush. Be sure
to explore beyond the town and we highly recommend the drive along
the Lake Tarawera Road to take in some splendid scenery. Along this
route enjoy swimming in the warmer months and picnicking at the Blue
Lake, whenever the weather is fine, make for a great way to relax
during your touring holiday.
Situated in the Bay of Plenty 48kms off shore north of Whakatane
White Island is New Zealandís biggest and most active volcano,
although more that two thirds of its mass lies below the waterline,
consisting of three distinct cones, two of which are extinct.
The Island became a private scenic reserve in 1953 almost 40 years
after a crater collapse ended nearly three decades of sulphur mining
on the island with the loss of twelve lives.
Relics from this venture, now seriously corroded by the acidic
environment, are points of interest on tours that can be experienced
by sea or air. Flights are available from Rotorua.