Rotorua is one of New Zealand’s top holiday and vacation destinations. The resort city allows a relaxing stay for those who are looking to unwind at the day spas and hot pools while the more adventurous can trek the outdoors and discover some of the natural wonders caused by the region’s underground geothermal activity. An incredible merge of landscape and tourism combine to create one of the greatest cities in the country.
Culture and History
For travellers interested in experiencing new cultures as well as exploring new places, New Zealand is the ideal destination. With a unique mix of traditional Maori and European identities blending together over the past century, Aotearoa offers a look into two rich histories and how they have interacted. Rotorua has a range of cultural attractions that you should pay a visit to during your stay.
Tamaki Maori Village
The Tamaki Maori Village is a living village that aims to educate visitors on the history, culture, art and cuisine of pre-European New Zealand. Your guide will take you through the Tawa forest where the authentic village is nestled. Learn about the way Maori life was led and enjoy a traditional three course hangi meal with your hosts.
Located on Queens Drive close to the centre of the city, the Rotorua Museum explores New Zealand culture and history alongside art featured by prominent local and international artists. Exhibitions and displays tell stories from around the country as well as the museum’s focus on the Rotorua region. New additions to the galleries are made all the time, so there is always something to see at the Rotorua Museum while regular lectures and special events offer even further insight from experts into the arts and the past.
Whakarewarewa Thermal Village
Explore the landscape created by the region’s geothermal activity and the unique traditions and way of life of the village’s inhabitants. Visitors have been welcomed to Whakarewarewa Thermal Village since the 1800’s, where they have been shown how the Tuhourangi/Ngati Wahio people have lived their lives in harmony with the local landscape. Take a guided tour of the area, watch a haka or stay the night at the Marae, the Whakarewarewa Village offers a unique insight into the region that you won’t find anywhere else.
Experience the country’s unique cultures and how they interact; New Zealand has an incredible history for one that is so short. When you book your accommodation in Rotorua NZ, don’t just visit the thermal pools – make the most of your trip at some of these cultural destinations in and around the city.