Rotorua, the best volcanic, geothermal and cultural city in the world
Rotorua is the lifestyle destination of choice for professional couples, families and people that have a passion for life and the outdoors. It is New Zealand’s playground and a draw card to millions of visitors from around the world. Rotorua is a small city, compact, safe and easily accessible to nearly 50% of the country’s population.
Rotorua is in the heart of New Zealand. It is an ‘untapped’ jewel full of potential and just waiting to be discovered.
Rotorua, NZ’s coolest hot spot
There is no better time than now to visit Rotorua, where you will find sparkling lakes, stunning scenery, countless geothermal attractions and some of the best mountain biking trails on the planet.
Rotorua is a bustling hub of activity, with a raft of epic attractions and experiences to suit any and all appetites.
Rotorua has the experience for you!
Hells Gate is New Zealand’s most active geothermal attraction and features the biggest mud volcano in the country as well as the largest hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere. Take a guided tour before enjoying a mud bath or sulphur spa under the stars, overlooking a spectacular geothermal landscape. Afterwards treat yourself to a mud facial, body scrub or massage before enjoying some home-made baking at the on-site cafe.
Hells Gate is the only place in New Zealand where you can soak and relax in an outdoor Mud Bath, used for generations by Maori to ease joint and muscle pain. Get down and dirty in a mud bath or unwind in a Sulphur Spa overlooking a spectacular geothermal landscape, before cooling off in a beautiful spring-fed waterfall and plunge pool. Take a Twilight Spa and bathe under the stars until 10pm.
The Hells Gate reserve features three types of therapeutic thermal mud:
Black Mud – used in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism
White Mud – used for the relief of burns
Grey Mud – used to gently exfoliate the skin
Treat yourself to a revitalising Mud Facial or Body Scrub using Hells Gate’s unique Alite Mud Spa Product Range, or feel rejuvenated after an energy-balancing Wai Ora Massage. The sulphur water at Hells Gate is also known to be great for the skin and to increase blood circulation. The deluxe New Zealand Spa facility on-site is where visitors can experience the unique geothermal mud and sulphur waters in private pools with a private lounge.
Hells Gate is also New Zealand’s most active geothermal attraction and features the biggest mud volcano in the country as well as the largest hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere. Take a Guided Tour around 50 acres of erupting waters, coloured pools, hot water lakes, bubbling mud, steaming cliffs, sulphur crystals and land coral. You can also enjoy a Native Bush Walk around the thermal park.
For you convenience, there is a café and souvenir shop on site. The Volcanic Café features home baking and a great range of delicious food and drinks available throughout the day. The Hells Gate Retail Storeoffers an extensive range of New Zealand products as well as our own exclusive range of Alite beauty products.
Hells Gate is open every day from 8.30am, and is situated on State Highway 30, approximately 15-minutes drive from Rotorua central. A Hells Gate Shuttle is available for pick-ups and drop-offs to most Rotorua accommodation.
Mitai Maori Village is an indigenous cultural experience incorporating a traditional hangi meal, cultural performance, warrior canoe and sacred freshwater spring. Nau Mai, Haere Mai – welcome!
An evening at Mitai will give you an authentic introduction to Maori Culture, leaving you inspired as well as entertained. Learn about our history, carvings and ta moko (tattoo art). Be captivated by the displays of weaponry and combat, coupled with the grace and beauty of the poi dance, followed by a spine-tingling haka finale. Be enthralled by the natural bush setting where you will see warriors in traditional dress padding a waka (ancient canoe), and don’t miss your only opportunity to see glow worms in the Rotorua area.
Located on Fairy Springs Rd, Mitai is a 5-minute drive from the city centre, and open 7 nights a week.
Agroventures Adventure Park
Agroventures Adventure Park offers five truly unique New Zealand adventures suitable for all ages and comfort levels .We are proudly home to the world’s ONLY Shweeb as well as the Swoop, Agrojet, Freefall Xtreme and Rotorua Bungy.
What makes us unique?
Agroventures has the world’s only Shweeb – a human-powered monorail racetrack, Rotorua Bungy – a New Zealand icon, and Agrojet – the fastest jet sprint experience in NZ. Swing from 40m towards the earth at 130kmph on NZ’s one and only Swoop, and the Southern Hemispheres’ only wind tunnel – the Freefall Xtreme.
Spend an hour or the entire day – we will give you an unforgettable experience and a sense of accomplishment that will remain long after you have waved us farewell.
Located only 10 minutes north of Rotorua, we offer five exhilarating activities. Our experienced, professional crew are with you all the way through, guaranteeing your needs are met.
With a burgeoning foodie scene, fine dining or artisan markets, delicious coffee or brewed craft beer, steamboat or hang – Rotorua will surprise those who take time to uncover its secrets.
The bustling hub of the newly renovated ‘Eat Streat’ boasts a huge variety of bars and restaurants that will impress even the most discerning diner – offering a mix of fine dining, contemporary and casual eateries. From Indian, to Mexican, to Italian cuisine – Rotorua’s restaurant scene is a global smorgasbord of gastronomical delights just waiting to be sampled. Whether you’re after breakfast and coffee at one of our award-winning cafés, an intimate evening meal for two or a relaxing drink at one of the local pubs, Rotorua will satisfy all your culinary desires.