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DAY 5-6: New Zealand itinerary 2 weeks, 14 days top sights

Rotorua 2 nights

Your day starts with a scenic drive from Taupo to Rotorua. The short easy 80 km drive has several stunning locations to explore on route. Make sure you pull over and check out Whakarewarewa Living Village is on the outskirts of Rotorua, State Highway five tempting you to pull over and explore. Check out where the locals live and how their lives have been influenced by living with active volcanic activity. For details check here Rotorua Whakarewarewa: an iconic living Maori village.

Kuirau Park in Rotorua

ROTORUA

The caldron located on the Pacific Ring of Fire is an exhilarating exposure to the earth’s raw energy as it bubbles up in boiling mud. Energy shoots boiling vents of steamy water as geysers and streams and creeks paint the lunar landscape a brilliant orange and yellow. Visitors can dip their toes into warm water seeping from lakeside streams and walk among mineralised landscapes where birds have lost their webbed feet due to high concentrations of sulphur. Rotorua  is a must-go destination in New Zealand both for its natural displays of power and the vibrant Maori cultural attractions. For holiday inspiration check out A day in Rotorua, the best things to do in 12 hours.

TIP

If you have flown to Taupo collect a rental vehicle for your trip to Rotorua. You can easily return to the rental car company in Taupo due to the short distances involved with both Taupo and Rotorua airports having excellent connections to Christchurch.

ROTORUA HIGHLIGHTS

  • Maori crafted by locals expressing tightly held values and sharing their stories
  • Heritage Rotorua with over a century of experience welcoming visitors
  • Original geothermal landscapes offering an array of sensory attractions from massage, spa treatments or simply relaxing in warm natural mineral water
  • Geothermal lunar landscapes shaped by the earth’s core from molten rock pools, boiling vents gushing steam & powerful heated geysers

For more tips where to go shopping, activities and getting around Rotorua check out Rotorua Travel Guide.

Rotorua thermal pools
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WHERE TO STAY IN ROTORUA

Plenty of choice for visitors from budget to luxury

Budget accommodation:

From motel style units to tent pegs the park has something for everyone. The park has an indoor spa complex, swimming pool and underfloor heating in communal bathing areas. The quirky 19 dinosaurs will be a hit with the kids.

FOR MORE ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS CHECK OUT

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