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Rotorua is in the Bay of Plenty region on the southern shores of the Lake Rotorua. A 2.5 hour drive from Auckland, it is an unforgettable city to visit while exploring the North Island’s vast geographic regions.
Rotorua is a unique environment scattered with hot springs, mud pools, lakes and forests. Pamper yourself with body treatments and luxury spas, get in touch with New Zealand nature, or get your heart beating with adventure activities.
Tauranga is the most heavily populated city in the Bay of Plenty region and the city’s harbour is a beautiful backdrop to the many different coastal walks and seaside activities.
Geothermal Springs and Day Spas
Rotorua’s unique thermal springs were first discovered as early as 1874 and provide a therapeutic, sensual experience unique to this region. Whether you prefer a dip in the natural environment or in a special day spa retreat, Rotorua will be a relaxing and rejuvenating stopover. The Polynesian Spa is just one of the day spa's offering couple and family pools and treatments overlooking the stunning landscape.
Rotorua Paddle Tours and Canopy Tours
To explore the Rotorua forests and waters you can take a paddle tour or a ‘forest zipline’ canopy tour and fully immerse yourself in New Zealand wilderness. Use a stand-up-paddle to master the waters of Lake Rotorua, Lake Rotoiti and the Maketu Coast. With the sparkling water literally at your feet, enjoy the serenity while under the supervision of expert instructors. The canopy tours offer a 3-hour unique and educational adventure through virgin native forest.
Swimming with Dolphins
The warm, clear and safe waters of the Bay of Plenty are a perfect to explore the marine wildlife, including the various dolphin species. Tauranga is thriving with tour operators specialising in dolphin watching, swimming with dolphins, snorkelling and kayaking. Many trips are day trips that depart from Tauranga and include equipment and food.
The Bay of Plenty region also accommodates for food and wine lovers. You'll be able to sample wines from boutique and world-class wineries with Tauranga Tasting Tours. If you’re after a full day trip, take a 6-hour tour of leading wineries and restaurants, finishing with sublime views over Tauranga Harbour, cocktails in hand.