HOME AT FIRST's
ROTORUA & TAUPO
caldera lakes mask the violent volcanic past of the central North
Island, but spouting geysers, boiling mud,
and steaming rivers hint at the active truth: New Zealand is alive with
geothermal activity, and the Rotorua-Taupo
region is its center. The first Europeans may have seen little of
economic interest in this plateau pocked with
sulfurous lakes and napping volcanoes. The native Maori who have
maintained possession of these badlands can
laugh all the way to the bank: Rotorua and Taupo have become world-class
destinations drawing throngs of
international visitors to experience its geological fireworks, to fish
for record trout, and, yes, for the rare
opportunity to encounter normally sequestered Maori culture first hand —
all available to paying guests.
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Discover Volcanic Worlds.
Encounter Maori Culture.
If, as some argue, New
Zealand is a great natural theme park, the Rotorua-Taupo region offers
some of its best thrills, activities, luxuries, and interactions:
geysers, volcanoes, & other geothermal
wonders; great fishing lakes and streams; elegant natural spas;
extreme sports; and native Maori culture.
Attractions in/around Rotorua:
GEOTHERMAL PARKS: Two privately
operated natural geothermal
reserves offer visitors
look at the various wonders of
one of the world's
geysers, fumeroles, and
MAORI CULTURE including the
native crafts, beliefs, and foods
is accessible at several Maori-
Lake Rotorua &
local streams. Guides available.
Every morning at 10:15AM
the 60' high Lady Knox Geyser is
coaxed from its pedestal-spout in the Waiotapu Thermal Wonder-
land, one of two principal geothermal parks in/near Rotorua.
is an agricultural theme park (sheep! moas!
possum!) with extreme adventures like jet-boating, bungy,
HONGI & HANGI! Experience a
traditional Maori hangi evening
feast at Tamaki Village.
Relax in style
at luxurious Polynesian Spas. Rotorua has
shopping, restaurants, parks, even a British bowling green.
performing at the
Agrodome theme park near Rotorua.
Attractions in/around Taupo:
Fishing for world class trout on
Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake.
the Wairakei geothermal region
Huka Falls, the Wairakei Geothermal Power
Station Visitor Centre, and the Wairakei
Terraces Maori Cultural Experience with
traditional Maori evening hangi feast.
CHALLENGING golf at
acclaimed hiking in the active volcanic
wilderness of Tongariro National Park, a
UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Lake Taupo with the
|Getting to/from Rotorua and Taupo: Most
Home At First guests will travel by rental car, coming from
Northland (6-7 hours),
(3-5 hours), or the
Coromandel (3-5 hours).
Some guests wishing to avoid long drives will fly in or out of the region using Rotorua
Airport. Most departing guests will drive to
(2-4 hours) or
Top quality bed and breakfast lodges with
superb, personalized hosting. Lodging locations in several quiet,
convenient locations near Rotorua and Taupo. Your hosts will help with
activities recommendations, and, if desired, will make reservations for
Stylish, comfortable, and
located on a quiet corner of Lake Rotorua's shoreline,
Home At First's Rotorua Lodge features a warm
welcome from caring hosts. Lake and river fishing is available on-site,
and fishing guides are in residence.
Getting around Rotorua and Taupo: Use of a rental car is a must here in order to enjoy the
attractions, the scenery, and explore small, out-of-the-way places. Even during the
busiest travel season road traffic is relatively light throughout this region.
Village cultural evening
and hangi feast.
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