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The best geothermal experiences in Rotorua

Thursday, 25 February 2021

Don’t miss experiencing the incredible geothermal experiences in Rotorua, some of the most unique things to do in Rotorua. 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 activity. From bubbling mud pools and clouds of steam, to shooting geysers and natural hot springs, the thermal parks in Rotorua give you the opportunity to see these other-worldly geothermal Rotorua attractions. Below, we’ve put together a list of what we think are the best geothermal experiences in Rotorua. Go get exploring!

Top geothermal experiences in Rotorua

  1. Hells Gate

  2. Te Puia

  3. Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland 

  4. Waimangu Volcanic Valley


1. Hell’s Gate

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Photo: The well known geyser erupting Hell's Gate, one of the Rotorua geothermal parks

Our first of the geothermal experiences in Rotorua is 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 - you won’t want to miss the Hell's Gate geothermal walk. 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

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Photo: Te Puia is loved by many visitors as an awesome way to experience Maori Culture & Rotorua Geothermal activity

The iconic Te Puia combines impressive geothermal sites with elements of rich Maori culture, located within the Whakarewarewa geothermal valley Rotorua. View the world famous Pohutu Geyser, erupting up to twenty times a day and often reaching heights of up to 30 metres! Explore the boardwalks of this geothermal experiences in Rotorua as it winds through the valley, spotting boiling mud pools and huge, sulphur-coated rocks. There’s also lush native bush walks and regular Maori cultural performances.


3. Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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Photo: The photo opportunities at are endless when these colours are in the background at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, one of the geothermal experiences in Rotorua.

The most colourful of our thermal parks in Rotorua, 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!


4. Waimangu Volcanic Valleywaimangu-geothermal experiences in Rotorua

Photo: Waimanugu is one the youngest thermal parks in Rotorua.

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.


So there you have our best geothermal experiences in Rotorua - now the hard part is deciding which one! We hope you enjoy experiencing all the Rotorua geothermal attractions. If you're looking for other Rotroua attractions, check out our list below for the top things to do in this geothermal city. 

Check out the top things to do in Rotorua here


This article is included in Twinkl's ‘Get up and Walk’ campaign, and is part of their article Some great ideas for ‘Get up and walk February.


Topics: Things to do in NZ, Family-friendly activities in NZ, Things to do in Rotorua