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ROTORUA & TAUPO

 

          Great 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 a close-up look at the various wonders of one of the world's great geyser fields: geysers, fumeroles, and   Technicolor lakes.

MAORI CULTURE including the  native crafts, beliefs, and foods is accessible at several Maori-operated attractions.

Every morning at 10:15AM the Lady Knox Geyser is coaxed from its pedestal-spout in the Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland, one of two principal geothermal parks in/near Rotorua. Photo  Home At First.
Every morning at 10:15AM the 60' high Lady Knox Geyser
is coaxed from its pedestal-spout in the Waiotapu
Thermal Wonderland, one of two principal
geothermal parks in/near Rotorua.

 

Sheep shearer performing at the Agrodome theme park near Rotorua. Photo  Home At First.
Sheep shearer
performing at the
Agrodome theme
park near Rotorua

SUPERB FISHING: Lake Rotorua & local streams. Guides available. Anglers love our ROTORUA LODGE II.

The Agrodome is an agricultural theme park (sheep! moas!   possum!) with extreme adventures like jet-boating, bungy, and zorbing.

HONGI & HANGI! Experience a traditional Maori hangi evening feast at Tamaki Village.

Play golf on the Arikikapakapa geo-thermal course.

Relax in style at luxurious Polynesian Spas. Rotorua has shopping, restaurants, parks, even a British bowling green.

 

 

 

Attractions

in/around Taupo:

Fishing for world class trout on Lake
Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake.

the Wairakei geothermal region including  Huka Falls, the Wairakei Geothermal Power Station Visitor Centre, and the Wairakei  Terraces Maori Cultural Experience with traditional Maori evening hangi feast.

Lake Taupo with the Tongariro volcanoes. Photo  Home At First.
Lake Taupo with the Tongariro volcanoes

CHALLENGING golf at Wairakei International.

acclaimed hiking in the active volcanic wilderness of Tongariro National Park, a  UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

 

Getting to/from Rotorua & Taupo: Most Home At First guests will travel by rental car, coming from Northland (6-7 hours), Auckland (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 Hawke's Bay (2-4 hours) or Wellington (5-8 hours).

 

 

 


Stylish, comfortable, and located on a quiet corner
of Lake Rotorua's shoreline,
Home At First's
Rotorua Lodge II
features a warm welcome from
caring hosts. Lake and river fishing is available
on-site, and a fly-fishing expert is in residence.

Lodgings:
          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 you.

 

 

 

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.

Maori Warrior at Tamaki
Village cultural evening
and hangi feast.

Maori Warrior at Tamaki Village cultural evening and hangi feast, Rotorua Region. Photo  Home At First.

 

 

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