Feel the earth's power - geothermal
State Highway 30, Tikitere, Rotorua
The beast of all geothermal parks. Feel the raw power of earth's volcanic forces.
This park has 50 acres of rumbling and steaming geothermal features. Walk past
steaming fumeroles and pools of boiling mud so violent they are unnerving. No
need to heed the warning signs, you'll want to hug the path! Experience New
Zealand's historic mud spa. Immerse yourself in the unique silky smooth geothermal
mud, wash away the cares of the world in the healing sulphurous thermal water or
relax with a traditional 'Miri Miri Massage' based on ancient healing techniques.
Connect with this unique land, mud and water and understand the often voiced comment
"through hells gate to heavens door".
Rotorua City Lakefront, Memorial Drive
Volcanic Air operate scenic flights from the Rotorua City Lakefront and Rotorua
Airport. The Rotorua based flight company offer scenic flights to White Island, Mt.
Tarawera and a range of other stunning destinations in the Bay of Plenty region. Choose
between a helicopter or a float plane.
The popular scenic White Island flight takes you north over Hell's Gate Thermal Valley
to the Pacific Ocean coastline and the active volcano of White Island. Land at the
crater's rim of White Island and spend approximately one hour on a guided walk of this
fascinating natural attraction. Experience the volcanic fury of the main White Island
crater, view sulphur deposits, and the remains of the old sulphur mine.
The management and staff at Volcanic Air are committed to achieving standards
of safety, service, and quality equal to the best in the aviation industry and have
now carried over 85,000 satisfied customers.
Tyron Street, Rotorua
For centuries Whakarewarewa Village has been home to the Tuhourangi Ngati
Wahiao People. They invite you to share in their everyday life and experience
the sights, smells and sounds of their unique cultural way of living amongst
this geothermal area. Take a guided walk around the steaming lakes and thermal
pools, witness erupting geysers, learn about Māori culture and crafts or taste
a traditional hangi or corn cob cooked from the natural boiling waters.
Whakarewarewa is a landscape of geothermal activity that is continually changing.
Māori cultural performances can be seen daily at 11.15am and 2pm. Traditional
Māori crafts can be purchased from the gift shop.
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
State Highway 5, 20kms South of Rotorua
Formed in 1886, this very active geothermal area is the newest in the world.
See 'Frying Pan', the worlds largest hot spring. Amazing inferno crater that
rises and falls some 10 metres per month, huge steaming cliffs, numerous boiling
springs and fumeroles, and the delicate warbrick terraces.
View Waimangu's steaming landscape and other fascinating geothermal features as
you follow the crater walkways. Choose an easy-walking track or take an invigorating
hike to enjoy superb panoramas. Waimangu Volcanic Valley is Rotorua's premier tourist
attraction and a 'must do' eco-experience when you visit Rotorua.
State Highway 5, 27kms South of Rotorua
Sculptured out of volcanic activity and thousands of years in the making,
Wai-O-Tapu is considered to be New Zealand's most colourful and diverse
geothermal sightseeing attraction.
Clearly defined tracks provide the visitor with the opportunity to enjoy the
diversity of this area through a series of different walks taking from 30 to
75 minutes or more, each with their own unique volcanic vistas to fascinate
At 10.15am each day there is the opportunity to learn the history
and mechanics of the Lady Knox Geyser during a presentation by an informed
guide in the natural ampitheatre. It provides a unique opportunity to see a
geyser in eruption to heights of 10 to 20 metres.
PeeJay White Island Tours
15 The Strand East, Whakatane
Departing from Whakatane Wharf (approx 1hr 20min from Rotorua City), PeeJay White
Island Tours gives you an in-depth guided tour of one of the world's most interesting
volcanoes. PeeJay is a luxury launch specifically built for the tours to White Island.
The trip out to the island is approximately 80 minutes, depending on conditions, so
there is plenty of time to take in the scenery and marine life and enjoy our commentary
through the excellent microphone system on board.
On the way out to the island the crew will issue everyone with safety gear, consisting
of a hard hat and gas mask. Upon arrival at White Island, we anchor PeeJay and ferry
everyone over to the island via inflatable boat to the jetty.
Trained tour guides will take you through the remains of the old sulphur mining factory
and up close and personal with the bright yellow sulphur crystals, then venture right
up to the main crater's edge. Witness the hissing, roaring, eerie steam rising from
the crater lake. After feeling the awesome power of Mother Nature, sit back, relax
and enjoy the packed lunch provided before we head back. On our trip home we might
even be lucky enough to spend some time with dolphins, whales or the New Zealand
Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park
494 Orakei Korako Road, Rd 2, Reporoa (about 35 minutes drive south of Rotorua)
Cross the beautiful Waikato River between Rotorua and Taupo and discover Orakei Korako
Cave and Thermal Park.
Come and explore a world of gushing geysers, hot springs, bubbling mud pools and some
of the largest and most amazing silica terraces in the world.
Wander through the valley and visit the thermal Ruatapu Cave which extends 120 ft down
to a hot pool at the bottom named Waiwhakaata, which means pool of mirrors.
Up to 23 active natural geysers play freely through the area, with variable and
interesting changes. View the vast number of boiling hot springs and mud pools or take a
native bush walk through this untouched geothermal paradise described by the Lonely
Planet Guide as "...possibly the best thermal area left in New Zealand and one of
the finest in the world".