The Rotorua New Zealand Tour Experience

Before touring a country, I have always believed in getting as much information about it as possible. This is one way of ensuring you experience the true nature of the country, its customs and most important, the people who live there. The more information I got about New Zealand, greater became my expectations of what I was going to find when I landed on its shores. Prepared with my pre-conceived notions, I was ready to meet my expectations of this new tour experience.

My general knowledge about New Zealand included there were two primary islands, the North Island and the larger South Island and many smaller ones that make up the country. What I found out when I arrived there is that their Maori names are Te Ika-a-Maui and Te Waipounamu, which added a greater sense of adventure to my New Zealand visit.

Rotorua a spectacular different world

Rotorua Geothermal

New Zealand for any visitor is a land of discovery, with a character all its own. It’s a wealthy country in the Pacific, peaceful and a first impression could be for most, of rolling landscapes and farms that are reminiscent of countryside in England. However, after visiting the regular tourist destinations I believed there was much more to this country and I determined to find the real and natural heart of New Zealand and the Maoris, so began the Rotorua experience.,

Rotorua is situated in the centre of North Island (Te Ika-a-Maui) and is a city on the southern shores of the lake, in the Bay of Plenty area. I quickly discovered that this was a world of spectacular contrasts presented by nature. It is a place that in some ways confuses the mind with its assault on your senses. From extraordinary wildlife and forests, to awe inspiring lakes, rivers and volcanoes dating back to pre-historic times, both active and dormant. If that’s not enough, you are then confronted with the power of its geothermal systems, with geysers and boiling mud pools.

Sulphur Bay and the Te Arawa

Motutara and Sulphur Bay is on Lake Rotorua and is the main reason why many tourists complain of smelling “rotten eggs”. This smell, once you get used to it, becomes part of this almost surreal location, which boasts international hotels, in a warm sulphur area above an active geothermal field, with sulphur vents and mud pools. Situated in the centre of the lake is Mokoia Island, with a native bird reserve and a thermal stream.

There are many extraordinary variations on nature in Rotorua making it difficult to select the exceptions. If you are seeking the untouched magnificence and power of nature, this is the place for the experience. Perhaps adding to the mystique of Rotorua, is the fact that more than 600 years ago, the Te Arawa people settled here and it became their ancestral home.

Their presence gives visitors the opportunity of exploring their culture, which can include the traditional “Hangi feast”, cooked with the steaming ground as its oven. Taking a journey into the world of the Maori with a visit to a village or relaxing in a therapeutic spa, all of which is part of a New Zealand that is a place of escape for the mind and body.

Most memories of an experience in Rotorua linger for a long time, while some remain forever.

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About Richard Wolskel

Hi! I’m Richard Wolskel… travel expert, writer and founder of the Go4 brand of companies, offering car rental, motorhome rental, cruise holidays, accommodation and tours. I’ve been in the travel industry since 1984 and I’m still as passionate as ever about this ever-changing industry, and love the unlimited travel opportunities and connecting with like-minded travellers and travel bloggers. Through my blog and associated booking sites, I share valuable info and tips about fantastic destinations to visit, quirky restaurants, awesome road trips, must-do tours and general things to do in the many beautiful cities, towns and villages around the world. I share my thoughts, travel news and new content on my Twitter profile as well as answer questions as a Quora travel expert. Follow me to keep in touch! I also work with other travel bloggers so if you have a guest post to share, get in touch and maybe we can work together? In the meantime, checkout some of my articles on this site or checkout my Complete Guide To Car Hire where I reveal everything there is to know about car hire if you’re planning an epic road trip! Thanks for stopping by and feel free to get in touch if you have a question or comment.

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  1. Rotorua Attractions and Culture in 1 Day | Go 4 Travel Blog

    […] At the lakes edge is the Polynesian Spa which offers all the usual spa treatments plus tranquil bathing and lake views in warm mineral water rock pools as well as geothermal heated recliners – a perfect way to relax after a long walk or bike ride. At the end of the main street is the magnificent Lake Rotorua and a view of the historic Mokoia Island. […]


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