Why We Love… Rotorua, New Zealand

heart0000Rotorua, New Zealand

Rotorua is located on the North Island of New Zealand.  Known as an adventure capital of the world, you can find any activity to suit your interest.  From a relaxing day at the spa to Zorbing down a hill, you can do it all.  Easily accessible by public transport from Auckland or a 3 hour drive in your own car, it is well worth the visit.  But you will need to stay a while – there is a lot to do and see in this amazing town.   Here are some of the reasons Why We Love Rotorua:

Rotorua Museum


Rotorua Museum



The museum itself if actually located in the historic Bath House building.  Be sure to take advantage of the free guided tour (included with your admission price) around the museum to learn about the history of the building and the what it was like during the bath house days.  It was definitely a highlight of our visit.  After you are done exploring the inside of the museum, take a trip to the outside viewing platform to take in a panoramic view of Rotorua. On a clear day it is simply stunning!


Polynesian Spa


Hot Springs at the Polynesian Spa

Hot Springs at the Polynesian Spa


After exploring Rotorua this is a perfect way to relax and benefit from the mineral waters that are renown for both their therapeutic properties.  There are several options for your time at the spa, whether you are with your family or traveling solo.  You can choose family pools, adults pools, or even a private pool.  Prices vary by the option you choose. For the true spa experience you can also choose from many services such as massage, wraps, and scrubs.  Don’t have your bathing suit with you?  No worries, you can hire one for the day.  Now, sit back and prepare to relax!



Redwood Forest

Peaceful Path Through the Redwood Forest


Looking for a great way to spend the day that will keep you on your budget?  Pack up your lunch, some water and prepare to spend the day in the glorious redwoods of the Whakarewarewa Forest.  With several walking trails all very well marked,  there are options for all levels of fitness.  Choose to spend just 30 minutes on the shorter trails and up to 8 hours for the Whakarewarewa circuit.  The circuit is 34km or about 21 miles.  If you are into mountain biking the park offers trails for beginners and experts alike.  Enjoy the great outdoors!






Interested in adding a little more excitement to your visit?  Check out the newest craze in New Zealand, Zorbing.  Step into a big rubber ball and choose your pleasure!  Wet ride, dry ride, solo ride, grab a friend ride, straight ride, or zig zag ride, they all offer fun and excitement!

Whatever you choose to do while in Rotorua, we are sure you will enjoy your time.

You can find more destinations on our “Why We Love” page.  Check back, because it is growing!

About the author

Cheryl MacDonald left the corporate world in 2007 to pursue a dream of living life to the fullest. She and her partner, Lisa Chavis continue to travel the world inspiring others to Live Their Dream!

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