Don’t miss experiencing Rotorua’s well known geothermal activity. The city’s unique location means that it’s perched on the Pacific Rim of Fire, making the city and the region a wonderland of geothermal energy. Bubbling mud pools, clouds of steam, shooting geysers and natural hot springs make this place other-worldly. Looking for things to do in Rotorua. Below, we’ve put together a list of what we think are Rotorua’s best thermal parks. Go get exploring!
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
1. Hell’s Gate
Photo: The well known geyser erupting at Hells Gate
Home to New Zealand’s most active geothermal field, a visit to Hell’s Gate offers one of the most full-on geothermal experiences in Rotorua. Admire erupting water, steaming fumaroles, giant pools of boiling mud and the largest hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere. Soak up the 700 years of history of this unique place – both Maori then European settlers used the sulphorous waters and geothermal mud as part of their day-to-day living.
2. Te Puia
The iconic Te Puia combines impressive geothermal sites with elements of rich Maori culture, located within the Whakarewarewa geothermal valley. View the world famous Pohutu Geyser, erupting up to twenty times a day and often reaching heights of up to 30 meters. Explore the boardwalks that wind through the valley, spotting boiling mud pools and huge, sulphur-coated rocks. There’s also lush native bush walks and regular Maori cultural performances.
Photo: Te Puia is loved by many visitors as an awesome way to experience Maori Culture & Geothermal activity
3. Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
The most colourful of Rotorua’s thermal parks, Wai-O-Tapu is a truly surreal place to visit. From the bright orange of the Champagne Pool to the eye catching silica terraces, the Lady Knox Geyser, bubbling pools and huge volcanic craters. Wai-O-Tapu offers some of Rotorua’s best Geothermal wonders. Located amongst natural bush, the boardwalks and well-formed trails make it easy to explore. Make sure your camera batteries are charged!
Photo: The photo opportunities at Wai-O-Tapu are endless when these colours are in the background
4. Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Labeled the ‘world’s youngest geothermal system’, walk past steaming cliffs, volcanic craters, silica terraces and lush bush. Combine your visit to Waimangu Volcanic Valley with a boat cruise on Lake Rotomahana to experience the valley’s geothermal wonders from a whole different angle.