Fly to Rotorua, if you want to drive it is likely half a day driving and is not recommended for a one week itinerary. Fly Air New Zealand.
Highlights from redwood forest walk to Kuirau public park geothermal displays. The classic spa town with natural geothermal mineral water to soak away the cares of the world. Therapeutic mud to pamper the skin and restore your glow. Extraordinary natural displays of geotectonic energy from boiling mud pools to sheets of steaming pink fused water coating hillsides a delicate pink.
In 24 hours you will have managed to explore the classics:
For more ideas from things to do for free, family friendly activities or romantic places to go and the best hot pools and spas check out what to do in Rotorua. Depart for Christchurch late afternoon.
There is a lot to see within easy walking distance in the central city. Places like Kuirau Park, the Lakefront, Government Gardens, and Ohinemutu Living Village. To walk to the Redwood forest, Whakarewarewa or Te Puia from mid-city, it would take about 30 – 40 minutes (one way). There are taxi services / uber operating within the city centre and to major tourist attractions.
Rotorua is easily accessible for international arrivals. Air New Zealand flies daily to Rotorua Airport from Auckland and Wellington in the North Island, and to Christchurch in the South Island. Travelling to Rotorua city centre from the airport is an easy-to-navigate 10-minute drive. All major rental car agencies have service desks located at the arrivals terminal, and the airport is serviced by shuttles, taxis and bus services.
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