Amazing hive of geothermal activityGet a taste of the power that shaped New Zealand's incredible beauty
The incredible region of Rotorua, near the centre of New Zealand’s North Island, is an amazing hive of geothermal activity and cultural heritage. It’s impossible not to be awestruck by the diverse extremes of the area’s astounding landscape. Book your luxury holiday in Rotorua for a uniquely enriching and unforgettable experience.
With vast expanses of stark bareness, verdant forests and sparkling lakes, Rotorua epitomises the sheer brilliance of Mother Nature’s potential. Visit one of the many famous geothermal sites to witness the steaming hot springs, bubbling mud pools, vivid silica terraces and explosive geysers first-hand. Take a boat trip across Lake Rotomahana at the breathtaking Waimangu Volcanic Valley to view the submerged pink and white terraces, or marvel at the daily, 20-metre eruption of the Lady Knox Geyser at Wai-O-Tapu. At Te Puia, you’ll find Pohutu Geyser, the southern hemisphere’s largest geyser, and Hell’s Gate Geothermal Park is home to Kakahi Falls, its highest hot waterfall.
For a more serene side of nature, hike or cycle through the stunning Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest, where you’ll be amazed by the magnificent California Redwood trees towering 40 metres above you. Get close to wildlife at the Paradise Valley Springs, where you’ll have the chance to see trout, eels, native birds, alpacas, deer, possums and even lions. Bird-lovers will greatly enjoy the spectacular raptor flying displays at Wingspan, the National Bird of Prey Centre. Alternatively, Agrodome is just a short journey away, where you can experience traditional farming, with lamb feeding, sheep shearing and tractor tours.
Luxury holidays in Rotorua also provide the opportunity to learn about the culture and heritage of the ancient Maori tribes. Examine the fascinating exhibits in the Rotorua Museum, set in the beautiful Government Gardens beside Rotorua Lake, for an insight into Maori history and customs. At Te Puia, you can watch a kapa haka concert featuring traditional song and dance, taste an earth-cooked ‘hangi’ meal and purchase genuine Maori arts and crafts. For a more interactive experience, visit the Tamaki Maori Village or head to the village of Whakarewarewa, where people of the Tuhourangi and Ngati Wahiao still reside and are eager to share their ancient knowledge of carving and flax weaving.
Adventure-seekers can try white water rafting down the Kaituna River and Tutea Falls, which provides an exhilarating seven-metre drop. Don’t miss the chance to travel the fabulous Skyline Gondola to the top of Mount Ngongotaha, where you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views across the region. There’s also the opportunity to take a heart-stopping ride around the mountain on a luge, or try out the thrilling Sky Swing.
Whether you’re seeking adventure, culture, nature or a little bit of each, Azure can create tailor-made packages to suit your specific needs and desires. Our team members can help you choose from the best luxury hotels in Rotorua and can plan your perfect itinerary. If you’re keen to find out more, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly and helpful team today by phone or live chat.
where to stay
Our specialists are experts at putting together complex holidays and can help you to tailor-make your perfect trip. Below is a selection of the hotels we love in the region, but it is by no means exhaustive, so do please give us a call on 01244 322770 and we can help you to create the trip of your dreams, complete with the hotels and experiences that are perfect for you.
Secreted among 17 acres of perfectly kept grounds on the riverbanks of the Waikato, Huka Lodge is a breathtaking base for a unique luxurious holiday in New Zealand. With elegantly appointed rooms, marvellous restaurants and a multitude of wondrous activities to appreciate, it’s little surprise this destination is favoured by guests seeking an extraordinary experience to treasure and repeat.
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