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Rotorua-New Zealand's Top 5 Destinations

You could come to New Zealand for a hundred holidays and have a totally different experience each time. From Fiordland to Spirit's Bay, the country presents a huge variety of landscapes. On top of that, New Zealand is rich in cultures and multiracial, ranging from Pacific Islanders, Maori, Asian, European to Kiwi. New Zealand has many different faces and can evoke many different feelings. To make it easier for you to find the places that you are interested in the most, we??ve chosen Rotorua to get you started.

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Rotorua

New Zealand Sightseeing - North Island, Rotorua

Rotorua's reputation as the ??natural spa destination of the South Pacific?? began 160 years after word of the Pink and White Terraces spread worldwide.  Visitors were drawn to the area for its natural therapeutic waters.  Today, Rotorua is undergoing a renaissance in the range of spa treatments on offer.  It??s a unique chance to refresh and revitalize body and mind.

From the moment you enter Rotorua, it??s apparent you??re in a geothermal wonderland, close to ??The Spirit of the Earth??.  Sneaky threads of steam issue from parks, pathways and streets, and the occasional scent of sulphur wafts through the air ¨C a hint of what's in store. Minutes from the city centre, geysers of steaming water roar from the ground and pools of bubbling mud gurgle.

Rotorua is the heartland of New Zealand's Maori culture.  The Te Arawa people of Rotorua first guided visitors over 160 years ago through the natural wonders that have been part of their home for more than 600 years.  Their welcoming tradition has been carried on from generation to generation - and you'll find it expressed in Rotorua with true warmth and energy.  It??s the sensation we call Manaakitanga.

Eleven major lakes sparkle in the landscape around Rotorua.  The city of Rotorua nestles on the shore of the largest, Lake Rotorua.  Steeped in its history is the private island called Mokoia, ??the sacred island??.  Professional guides are available to reveal the best fishing spots to you - and many will guarantee a catch!  In fact, you're likely to find Rotorua is the easiest place in New Zealand to hook up a trout.

Where is it?

Rotorua is located at the heart of the North Island, and the perfect base for touring the central North Island.

How do I get there?

Air:
Rotorua is well serviced by major airlines with daily links from all the key centres.  Air travel is a short 25 minutes from the International Airport in Auckland, 50 minutes from Wellington or 1 hourr 10 minutes from Christchurch.

Road:
Great Sights operates a daily coach service from downtown Auckland via Waitomo Caves.

Rental Car:
Pick up a Maui car in Auckland and make your own way to Rotorua.  With its central location, Rotorua is only a 1 hour drive from the cities of Taupo, Hamilton and Taurang and only a 3 hour drive from Auckland.

When is the best time to go?

Rotorua enjoys a pleasant climate, plenty of sun in summer with crisp clear days in winter.  Rotorua averages over 2,000 hours of sunshine and just over 140cm of rain each year.

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