Rotorua - The Jewel of the North Island

The Rotorua district combines spellbinding natural beauty with a rich and fascinating history. In addition to the unique and internationally famous thermal springs and bubbling mud pools, Rotorua boasts a series of stunningly beautiful lakes forged out of earlier volcanic activity, thousands of acres of redwood forest with a wide variety of walks and cycle trails, and some of the best trout fishing to be found anywhere in New Zealand.

St. Faith's Church at Ohinemutu  

St. Faith's Church at Ohinemutu

 

Rotorua is also at the centre of Maori culture in New Zealand, and a new wing of the excellent Rotorua Museum is devoted to the history and culture of the local Maori tribes (iwi). Visitors can learn about Maori culture in a variety of ways, and as your hosts we will be happy to provide advice and make recommendations based on what you tell us about the things that you would like to see, do and experience.

 

Hamurana Springs

 

In addition to the tremendous natural beauty of the Rotorua area, the geo-thermal landscapes and the many world class visitor attractions, due to its location the area is also an ideal base for exploring central north island, and places such as Matamata (home to Hobbiton, where some of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies were filmed), Hamilton, Cambridge, Tauranga, Mount Maunganui, Taupo and Whakatane (base for boat trips to White Island, home to New Zealand's most active volcano) are all within 60-75 minutes drive of our Mokoia Downs.

Lady Knox geyser erupting at Wai-O-Tapu    

Lady Knox geyser erupting at Wai-O-Tapu

 

 

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