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:
& other geothermal wonders; great fishing lakes and streams;
elegant natural spas; extreme sports; and native Maori culture.
GEOTHERMAL PARKS: Two privately
operated natural geothermal reserves offer visitors
a close-up 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-operated attractions.
Every morning at 10:15AM
the 60' high Lady Knox Geyser
coaxed from its pedestal-spout in the Waiotapu
Thermal Wonderland, one of two principal
geothermal parks in/near Rotorua.
performing at the
park near Rotorua
Lake Rotorua & local streams. Guides available. Anglers love our
ROTORUA LODGE II.
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.
Relax in style
at luxurious Polynesian Spas. Rotorua has shopping, restaurants, parks, even a British bowling green.
Fishing for world class trout on
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
CHALLENGING golf at
in the active volcanic wilderness of
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),
(3-5 hours), or the
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
Stylish, comfortable, and
located on a
of Lake Rotorua's shoreline,
Home At First's
Rotorua Lodge II features a
caring hosts. Lake
and river fishing is available
and a fly-fishing expert is in residence.
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
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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