Rotorua, set on the edge of a beautiful lake, has shooting geysers and thermal mud pools fueled by the areas geothermal activity. One of it’s well known geysers, ‘Pohutu Geyser’ erupts many times every day. Rotorua is also a special place for Maori culture and is home to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. If you like the idea of hot springs, hot pools and wellness retreats, then the Lake Rotorua area will not disappoint.
Taupo, like Rotorua, is set on the edge of a stunning lake. It is located close to the Central Plateau which offers the best skiing terrain in the North Island for winter and amazing walks in the summer (such as the world acclaimed Tongariro Crossing). Taupo offers a vast array of ‘land based’ activities for visitors while out on the water, Lake Taupo has earned a reputation for world class trout fishing and the nearby town of Turangi has the largest natural trout fishery in the world.
Discover Rotorua and the dramatic volcanic zone . . .
Visit the amazing Waimangu Volcanic Valley (the youngest geothermal eco-system in the world with the largest hot water spring at 3.8 hectares). Watch famous Pohutu Geyser erupt up to 20 times a day to heights of 30 metres or Lady Knox Geyser. Visit Hell’s Gate which is New Zealand’s most active geothermal reserve and includes the largest hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere and contains the only geothermal mud baths in New Zealand.
Geothermal boat cruise:
Experience amazing Waimangu Volcanic Valley with a boat cruise on sparkling Lake Rotomahana and view incredible thermal activity only accessible by boat.
White Island Volcano flight:
Enjoy a spectacular scenic flight to White Island (New Zealand’s only active marine volcano) and get a birds eye view of the dramatic volcanic landscape of this region.
Skyline Rotorua – Gondola, Luge ride and Skyswing:
Travel up to the peak of Mount Ngongotaha by gondola for amazing views over Rotorua before embarking on a thrilling luge ride or the exhilarating Skyswing.
Self-drive rail car adventure:
Enjoy a 90 minute scenic tour cruising along the Rotorua railway line in your self-drive RailCruiser. Enjoy unobstructed views from a comfortable seat and a commentary on the history of this area.
Rainbow Springs and Agrodome Sheep Show:
At Rainbow Springs you will see kiwi and tuatara as well as magnicent examples of different trout species. This world class venue also includes a ‘walk through’ native bird aviary. Close by you will find the Agrodome – home to 19 breeds of champion sheep. Have fun and be entertained at the ‘Farm Show’ with live shearing and sheep dogs.
Rafting, quad bikes, jet boating and kayaking:
The lake and river tributaries offer amazing rafting and kayaking adventures and for a little more adrenalin take a thrilling jet boat trip, including a thermal river jet safari.
Discover Lake Taupo and be immersed in nature . . .
Lake cruises and kayaking:
Enjoy a breathtaking cruise on the lake or hire a kayak and explore the secluded coves and beaches of Lake Taupo. Visit the intricate Maori Rock carvings at Mine Bay which are only accessible by water.
You can catch a rainbow or brown trout on Lake Taupo with a fishing charter. You can join others or charter a boat exclusively for yourself with a local trout fishing professional. Alternatively, go fly-fishing with a local guide on the nearby Tongariro River.
Fish for trout from a purpose built kayak and enjoy the serenity and magnetism of beautiful Lake Taupo.
Discover ancient rainforests with a walk in the Whirinaki and Pureora Forest Parks or explore the rugged Kaimanawa Forest Park.
Experience the ultimate adrenalin rush with a jump from 15,000 ft and 60 seconds of freefall above stunning Lake Taupo.
Tongariro River Rafting:
Enjoy a half day rafting journey on the Tongariro River. With grade 3 rapids (over 60 of them) combined with the natural beauty of this river, this is one of the best rafting experiences in the North Island.
Hukafalls Jet boat:
Enjoy a thrilling and unique 30 minute jet boat adventure on a beautiful stretch of river with native bush and sheer rock cliff faces, before arriving at the awe inspiring Huka Falls.
Experience taking off and landing on water with this amazing scenic flight adventure. Different flight journeys are available including the world heritage Tongariro National Park and its snow capped volcanoes , Huka Falls and Lake Taupo. Customised flight tours can also be arranged.
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