Rotorua Geothermal Attractions

Rotorua is built in a region of many Geothermal Hot Spring Attractions with wide array of geothermal landscapes: bubbling mud pools, volcanic crater lakes, colourful terraces, spouting geysers, and many more.

Since the 1800’s, Rotorua’s geothermal wonderlands have attracted visitors from all over the world and have since remained a draw card for tourists, along with Maori cultural tours and activities.

Well worth a visit are the geothermal areas of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and Hells Gate.

Hell's Gate

Visit Rotorua's most active geothermal area, with steaming mud pools, fumaroles and lakes. Combine a visit to the Geothermal Area whilst relaxing in the Spa Pool, or getting down and dirty in one of their mud pools, while the mud gradually exfoliates and cleanses your skin.

Waimangu

It’s one of the youngest geothermal systems in the world. Just 20 minutes from Rotorua’s city centre, this protected reserve is easily accessible. Tours include sightseeing, wildlife and botany exploration, hiking, and cruising.

Wai-O-Tapu

This is the country’s most colourful natural volcanic area! It is home to the famous Champagne Pool and other naturally-coloured cold and hot springs, large volcanic craters, steaming grounds, and sinter terraces.

You can join a guided tour or explore the region on your own. If you do the latter, just make sure you stay on path!