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Rotorua

(4.3/5 based on 30,000+ reviews for top 30 attractions)
Things to do: nature, historic sites, adventure

Sulphur City

Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground. Make time in your Rotorua itinerary to bathe in the therapeutic hot springs and to hike around the colorful, sulfurous lakes. Delve deep into traditional Maori culture by watching performances and tasting local delicacies in one of the many villages surrounding the city, and in the township itself. The internationally acclaimed mountain biking routes of the area provide a challenge for seasoned bikers, as well as a singular perspective on the scenery for those wanting to take the trails at their own pace. Arrange all the small, but important details of your Rotorua trip itinerary using our New Zealand trip itinerary planner.
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Rotorua has a range of different accommodations, mainly centered around the lake itself. In this downtown area you will find luxury hotels and hostels, many benefitting from good views of the surrounding scenery. Farther out of the town, comfortable motels offer those with a car a good option for setting up a base from which to explore the area. Campers and others wanting to enjoy the outdoors as soon as possible can opt for campsites and RV parks, all best accessed by car or taxi.
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