5 Things To Do in Rotorua, New Zealand
In New Zealand, there’s a certain city that will almost check your travel plans this year. Rotorua. This is located 140 miles southeast of Auckland in the Bay of Plenty region, the heart of New Zealand’s North Island. The name Rotorua comes from Maori, the full name is Te Rotorua-nui-a-Kahumatamomoe and Maori of the Te Arawa iwi initially settled the area in the 19th century.
Has it ever crossed your mind how it feels like bouncing down a hill, BUT inside a giant, bouncy ball at speeds of up to 30km/h? If this actually excites you, then you should read the 5 Things To Do in Rotorua, New Zealand!
Do you know Bilbo Baggins? Not yet? How about, Gandalf? Now, everything is starting to be clearer. Yes, it all began with a trip encouraged by Gandalf to Bilbo. No worries, we are not narrating the whole “THe Hobbit” here. Since we are more focused where the movie was set place first. In Hobbiton (located in Rotorua, New Zealand), the Hobbits live peacefully. The movie was set originally and was still filmed in New Zealand, since they have fixed the “Do Not Work” order in 2010. So, if you are one of those fans of The Hobbit, then Rotorua should be added to your must-visit places.
2. Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Rotorua is also known as “Sulfur City” and this section will pretty much tell you why. Here is where it was originated from: mud pools, geysers and hot springs. Tada! Heart of New Zealand’s most active thermal area! As you remember, the unique hot spring is located in this cultural center for the indigenous Maori people. We know it’s summer and it’s hot, but it’s the best time to visit this most visited attraction in Rotorua. “Kia haere a!” (Let’s go).
The third and first spot will actually take us to extreme adventure while travelling around the beauty of Rotorua. Shweeb is actually the very first human-powered monorail which is overhead, it means hanging while getting your way through by pedal-power pods. Though there’s a minimum requirement for this ride (1.1 meters), what’s more exciting about this it is that customers can race against the clock (race at up to 50kph) or an opponent for 600m. The Shweeb company challenges anyone who breaks the world record with a prize amounting to $1,000. You had fun and you might win as well. To learn more about them, click here.
4. Government Gardens
This top destination is not actually just good for selfies that you see online from visitors. Yet this Tudor-style spa baths and Mediterranean-style swimming pool is surrounded by flowers. Partly laid out as garden, it is also the best place to steam into geothermal pools which the city is rich for. Initially known as “Paepaekumana”, the location of Government Gardens holds a historical importance to Maori people since many battles have taken place here in 1800s. Even if this is one of their preserved places of their history, they shared 50 acres to serve “for the benefit of the people of the world”, which is them, us and foreigners (tourists).
Skyline Gondola, Restaurant, Luge is an adventurous travel tourism-centered ride which has two specific branches in New Zealand (the other is at Queenstown). Unlike Shweeb, Skyline is more diverse, it has Gondola rides which will give you the most enticing aerial views of the Rotorua and Luge for their land sports-entertainment. In their Rotorua branch, they also have Skyswing, ziplining and for hungry tummies of kids: Jelly Belly Shop. Don’t worry, you also have a restaurant if you are famished and it’s called “Stratosfare Rotorua”. Enjoy the best of New Zealand cuisine for lunch or dinner with magnificent views of Rotorua and surrounds.
World-renowned as New Zealand’s star attraction, it only means the country itself has a lot to offer. Just imagine that we just talked about a city (Rotorua) in New Zealand. There are several other more places you can visit and have a vacation in this country, such as: Auckland, Queenstown, Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington. I wrote about this article: 5 Places to Visit in Rotorua, New Zealand since in our previous article, we mentioned “Rotorua’s Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland” as part of the famous hot springs in the world.
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