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Top Choice Natural Feature in Rotorua Lakes

Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Created during the eruption of Mt Tarawera in 1886, the Waimangu geothermal area spreads down a valley to Lake Rotomahana (Warm Lake). The experience is quite different from the other ticketed thermal areas as it in…
Top Choice Natural Feature in Rotorua Lakes

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

The most colourful of the region's geothermal attractions, Wai-O-Tapu (Sacred Waters) has a variety of features packed into a relatively compact area, with the highlights being the orange-rimmed, 65m-wide Champagne …
Natural Feature in Rotorua Lakes

Hell's Gate

Known as Tikitere to the Ngāti Rangiteaorere people, this highly active geothermal reserve lies 16km northeast of Rotorua on the Whakatane road (SH30). It's not the most colourful of the Rotorua thermal areas but, a…
Lake in Rotorua Lakes

Lake Tarawera

Providing a mirror for Mt Tarawera (1110m), this pretty lake is a popular destination for swimming, fishing, boating and walks. It may look tranquil now, but it was a very different story on the night of 10 June 188…
Cafe in Rotorua Lakes

Okere Falls Store

Around 20km from Rotorua, this cafe-store is a handy refuelling stop near the top of the lake. Cool down on the raffish balcony with fruit smoothies and great views of Lake Rotoiti, or kick back in the beer garden w…
Archaeological Site in Rotorua Lakes

Te Wairoa, the Buried Village

The village of Te Wairoa was once the main staging post for Victorian-era tourists coming to visit the famous Pink and White Terraces on the shores of Lake Tarawera. When Mt Tarawera erupted in 1886, the entire vill…
Cafe in Rotorua Lakes

Landing Cafe

Friendly waitstaff add extra sparkle to the lakeside setting at this cafe-cum-bar-cum-bistro, serving everything from bacon and eggs to pizza and curries.
Spring in Rotorua Lakes

Hamurana Springs

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 through a redwood grove to the crystal-clear main spring and the 'd…