Must-see attractions in Rotorua & the Bay of Plenty

  • Paradise Valley Springs


    Tucked in behind Mt Ngongotaha, 10km from Rotorua, this 6-hectare park has trout springs, native longfin eels, native birds and various land-dwelling…

  • Leveret Estate

    Bay of Plenty

    Transplanting Cape Dutch architecture from South Africa's wine country to SH2, 8km south of Katikati, this excellent winery is open for tastings and stock…

  • Robbins Park


    At its best in late spring and summer, this verdant pocket of roses sits behind an ivy-covered colonnade on a cliff overlooking the harbour, and is like a…

  • Lady on the Rock

    Bay of Plenty

    A whimsical 1965 statue of local heroine Wairaka stands proudly atop a rock on the mouth of the Whakatāne River.

  • Awakeri Hot Springs

    Bay of Plenty

    About 16km from Whakatane on the road to Rotorua (SH30), this old-fashioned holiday park has a large thermal mineral pool, two smaller children's pools…

  • Whakatāne Observatory

    Bay of Plenty

    On a hilltop behind town, this observatory offers abundant Bay of Plenty star-spotting when the sky is clear.

  • Hūria Marae


    Located on a nondescript suburban street, this marae (traditional meeting place) has a sensationally carved wharenui (meeting house). This is the private…

  • Hamurana Springs

    Rotorua & the Bay of Plenty

    Located near the northern shore of Lake Rotorua, these springs are a sacred place for the local Ngāti Rangiwewehi people. A pretty 1.5km walk leads…

  • Brain Watkins House


    A fairly ordinary-looking Victorian villa stranded on a hill as the roads around it grew, Brain Watkins House (no, not Brian) was built in 1881 from kauri…