Geothermal Attractions in Rotorua

With steaming hot springs, erupting geysers and bubbling mud pools, there's enough geothermal attractions in the Rotorua area to keep you busy for days.

Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Waimangu Volcanic Valley is the world’s youngest geothermal system, created among the destruction of the Mt Tarawera volcanic eruption in 1886.

Reasons to visit:

· See Frying Pan Lake, the word’s largest hot spring and the bright blue Inferno Crater

· Walking and hiking trails take you through a stunning natural environment and return by bus

· Take a boat cruise on Lake Rotomahana and see unique lakeside geothermal activity

Perfect for:

Those that want to escape the crowds and explore a stunning natural environment.


Hell’s Gate

Hell’s Gate combines a geothermal area with a sulpur spa and mud bathing experience. The healing waters here have been used by the early Maori settlers for hundreds of years.

Mud bath at Hell's Gate Rotorua Geothermal Attraction

Reason’s to visit:

· Experience a unique mud spa and sulphur spa bathing

· See the largest mud volcano in New Zealand

· Learn how Maori warriors used the soothing geothermal waters to heal their battle wounds

Perfect for:

Those looking to enjoy a spa experience as well as geothermal attraction.


Te Puia

Te Puia is one of Rotorua’s most popular attractions. Known for Maori culture as well as its geothermal attractions, you can also visit a kiwi house here.

Te Puia Rotorua Geothermal Attraction

Reasons to visit:

· See the Pohutu geyser, erupting regularly throughout the day

· Enjoy a geothermally cooked steambox lunch

· Visit the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute to learn more about carving, Ta Moko and weaving

Perfect for:

Those interested in learning more about Maori arts and crafts.


Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

One of the most popular geothermal attractions, Wai-o-Tapu is known for spectacular colours and the Lady Knox Geyser.

Rotorua Geyser - Geothermal attractions

Reason’s to visit:

· Guaranteed Geyser viewing - the Lady Knox Geyser erupts daily at 10.15am

· See the iconic Champagne pool and marvel at the colourful hot springs

· Visit a large bubbling mud pool free of charge on the Wai-o-Tapu loop road, close to the Thermal Wonderland

Perfect for:

Those looking to get the iconic Instagram shot of a geyser and hot springs


Whakarewarewa Maori Village

Whakarewarewa is a living Maori village where you can learn about Maori Culture from those still living in the village.

Whakarewarewa Village Geothermal Attraction

Reasons to visit:

· See how locals use geothermal in their daily lives for heating, cooking & bathing

· Enjoy sweetcorn cooked in a geothermal pool or a hangi pie

· Experience a cultural performance

Perfect for:

Those who want to see how Maori use geothermal activity in everyday life.

Posted by Nicki Dent on October 17, 2019