Rotorua Geothermal

Feel the earth's power


Hells Gate
State Highway 30, Tikitere, Rotorua

The beast of all geothermal parks. Feel the raw power of earth's volcanic forces. This park has 50 acres of rumbling and steaming geothermal features. Walk past steaming fumeroles and pools of boiling mud so violent they are unnerving. No need to heed the warning signs, you'll want to hug the path! Experience New Zealand's historic mud spa. Immerse yourself in the unique silky smooth geothermal mud, wash away the cares of the world in the healing sulphurous thermal water or relax with a traditional 'Miri Miri Massage' based on ancient healing techniques. Connect with this unique land, mud and water and understand the often voiced comment "through hells gate to heavens door".


Volcanic Air
Rotorua City Lakefront, Memorial Drive

Volcanic Air operate scenic flights from the Rotorua City Lakefront and Rotorua Airport. The Rotorua based flight company offer scenic flights to White Island (currently suspended until further notice), Mt. Tarawera and a range of other stunning destinations in the Bay of Plenty region. Choose between a helicopter or a float plane.

The management and staff at Volcanic Air are committed to achieving standards of safety, service, and quality equal to the best in the aviation industry and have now carried over 85,000 satisfied customers.


Tyron Street, Rotorua

For centuries Whakarewarewa Village has been home to the Tuhourangi Ngati Wahiao People. They invite you to share in their everyday life and experience the sights, smells and sounds of their unique cultural way of living amongst this geothermal area. Take a guided walk around the steaming lakes and thermal pools, witness erupting geysers, learn about Māori culture and crafts or taste a traditional hangi or corn cob cooked from the natural boiling waters.

Whakarewarewa is a landscape of geothermal activity that is continually changing. Māori cultural performances can be seen daily at 11.15am and 2pm. Traditional Māori crafts can be purchased from the gift shop.


Waimangu Volcanic Valley
State Highway 5, 20kms South of Rotorua

Formed in 1886, this very active geothermal area is the newest in the world.
See 'Frying Pan', the worlds largest hot spring. Amazing inferno crater that rises and falls some 10 metres per month, huge steaming cliffs, numerous boiling springs and fumeroles, and the delicate warbrick terraces.

View Waimangu's steaming landscape and other fascinating geothermal features as you follow the crater walkways. Choose an easy-walking track or take an invigorating hike to enjoy superb panoramas. Waimangu Volcanic Valley is Rotorua's premier tourist attraction and a 'must do' eco-experience when you visit Rotorua.


State Highway 5, 27kms South of Rotorua

Sculptured out of volcanic activity and thousands of years in the making, Wai-O-Tapu is considered to be New Zealand's most colourful and diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction.

Clearly defined tracks provide the visitor with the opportunity to enjoy the diversity of this area through a series of different walks taking from 30 to 75 minutes or more, each with their own unique volcanic vistas to fascinate all ages.

At 10.15am each day there is the opportunity to learn the history and mechanics of the Lady Knox Geyser during a presentation by an informed guide in the natural ampitheatre. It provides a unique opportunity to see a geyser in eruption to heights of 10 to 20 metres.


PeeJay White Island Tours
15 The Strand East, Whakatane

(currently suspended until further notice)
Departing from Whakatane Wharf (approx 1hr 20min from Rotorua City), PeeJay White Island Tours gives you an in-depth guided tour of one of the world's most interesting volcanoes. PeeJay is a luxury launch specifically built for the tours to White Island.

The trip out to the island is approximately 80 minutes, depending on conditions, so there is plenty of time to take in the scenery and marine life and enjoy our commentary through the excellent microphone system on board.

On the way out to the island the crew will issue everyone with safety gear, consisting of a hard hat and gas mask. Upon arrival at White Island, we anchor PeeJay and ferry everyone over to the island via inflatable boat to the jetty.

Trained tour guides will take you through the remains of the old sulphur mining factory and up close and personal with the bright yellow sulphur crystals, then venture right up to the main crater's edge. Witness the hissing, roaring, eerie steam rising from the crater lake. After feeling the awesome power of Mother Nature, sit back, relax and enjoy the packed lunch provided before we head back. On our trip home we might even be lucky enough to spend some time with dolphins, whales or the New Zealand Fur Seal.


Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park
494 Orakei Korako Road, Rd 2, Reporoa (about 35 minutes drive south of Rotorua)

Cross the beautiful Waikato River between Rotorua and Taupo and discover Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park.

Come and explore a world of gushing geysers, hot springs, bubbling mud pools and some of the largest and most amazing silica terraces in the world.

Wander through the valley and visit the thermal Ruatapu Cave which extends 120 ft down to a hot pool at the bottom named Waiwhakaata, which means pool of mirrors.

Up to 23 active natural geysers play freely through the area, with variable and interesting changes. View the vast number of boiling hot springs and mud pools or take a native bush walk through this untouched geothermal paradise described by the Lonely Planet Guide as "...possibly the best thermal area left in New Zealand and one of the finest in the world".

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