Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Rotorua

Rotorua Museum

This outstanding museum occupies a grand Tudor-style edifice. A 20-minute film on the history of Rotorua, including the Tarawera eruption, runs every 20 minutes from 9am. The Don Stafford Wing, dedicated to Rotorua'…
Top Choice Mountain in Mt Maunganui

Mauao

Explore Mauao (Mt Maunganui) itself on the walking trails winding around it and leading up to the summit. The steep summit walk takes about an hour return (with a rest at the top!). You can also clamber around the r…
Top Choice Museum in Whakatane

Whakatane District Museum

This impressive museum-gallery in the library building has artfully presented displays on early Māori and European settlement in the area: Māori taonga (treasures) trace a lineage back to the Mataatua canoe. Other d…
Top Choice Gallery in Tauranga

Tauranga Art Gallery

The Tauranga Art Gallery presents historic and contemporary art, and houses a permanent collection along with frequently changing local and visiting exhibitions. The building itself is a former bank, although you’d …
Geyser in Rotorua

Te Puia

This thermal reserve is 3km south of the city centre, and features more than 500 springs. The most famous is Pohutu (‘Big Splash’ or ‘Explosion’), a geyser which erupts up to 20 times a day, spurting hot water up to…
Forest in Rotorua

Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest

This magical forest park is 3km southeast of town on Tarawera Rd. It was originally home to over 170 tree species planted from 1899 to see which could be grown successfully for timber. Mighty Californian redwoods gi…
Volcanic Area in Around Rotorua

Waimangu Volcanic Valley

This thermal area was created during the eruption of Mt Tarawera in 1886. The downhill stroll through the valley passes spectacular thermal and volcanic features, including Inferno Crater Lake, where overflowing wat…
Cultural Centre in Whakatane

Te Manuka Tutahi Marae

The centrepiece of this recently opened Ngāti Awa marae isn't new: Mataatua Wharenui (The House that Came Home) is a fantastically carved 1875 meeting house. In 1879 it was dismantled and shipped to Sydney, before s…
Village in Rotorua

Whakarewarewa Village

Whakarewarewa Thermal Village is a living village where tangata whenua (the locals) still reside, as they have for centuries. The villagers show you around and tell you the stories of their way of life and the signi…
Nature Reserve in Around Rotorua

Hells Gate & Wai Ora Spa

Known as Tikitere to the Māori, Hells Gate is an impressive geothermal reserve 16km northeast of Rotorua on the Whakatane road (SH30). The reserve covers 10 hectares, with a 2.5km walking track to the various attrac…