Situated on the southern shore of a lake is one of New Zealand’s largest tourist destinations, a geothermal paradise that has attracted visitors from around the world for over 160 years.It is renowned for its fascinating Maori culture, its hot springs, boiling mud pools, spouting geysers, warm geothermal springs and silica terraces.
Rotorua is rich in Maori culture and is home to the ‘Te Arawa’ people that settled here some 600 years ago, today they offer the visitor the opportunity to experience authentic traditional Maori villages, such as the Buried Village, Whakarewarewa, Te Puia, Mitai and Tamaki Maori village.
Experience an evening cultural show at Mitai or Tamaki Maori villages where stories of myths and legends are told through dance, song and storytelling along with a tasty ‘hangi feast’ where the food is cooked in the steaming ground.
Rotorua is a vibrant city and will satisfy all travellers needs. From a relaxing tourist destination offering top class thermal spa facilities, healing mineral pools, rejuvinating spa therapies with a myriad of spa options, a simple soaking in a thermal stream or pool lined with natural bush to luxurious spa and massage complexes.
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Queenstown is dubbed ‘The adventure Capital of New Zealand’ Gorgeously positioned beside the deep blue Lake Wakatipu and hemmed in by craggy mountains, Queenstown offers intense alpine scenery, exceptional skiing, snowboarding and a long list of activities and things to see and do along with a vibrant nightlife.
As the home of commercial bungy jumping, there are several different places where you can have a go, whether from a bridge, ledge or high wire prepare to experience a sensation well beyond words. For the adrenalin junkies there is much more still to entertain you. The region’s incredible visual appeal makes skydiving here a spectacular experience, there’s the buzz of rafting and canyoning, hop on board a jet boat and zip down a river or lake at full speed, take to the skies in a helicopter, plane or even a hot air balloon, try your hand at paragliding or hand gliding or the thrill of river boarding and rafting and if that’s not enough try sailing, diving, horse trekking, quad or motor bike riding or a 4WD safari.
The attractive town of Te Anau lies nestled on the edge of beautiful Lake Te Anau the largest lake in the South Island and second largest in NZ, and is bordered on its western shore by lush virgin forest. Te Anau is the main visitor base for the glacier-carved wilderness that is Fiordland National Park offering spectacular ice-carved fiords, lakes and valleys, rugged granite tops and pristine mountain to sea vistas.
Whether you love tramping, kayaking, hunting, fishing, mountain running, or enjoying our amazing wilderness by boat, plane or helicopter or just by sitting and gazing at our wonderful views from a lake-front bench, this is a full-on natural paradise that suits everyone’s needs.
Visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves which begins with a cruise to the western shores of Lake Te Anau before experiencing a mysterious underground world of rushing water before drifting in silent darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of hundreds of glowworms.
At the Department of Conservation Visitor Centre you can make plans to walk the Milford, Routeburn or Kepler Tracks & the town is home to a wide range of accommodation including lodges, hotels and campgrounds. Te Anau is the perfect place to stay when visiting Milford Sound. Restaurants are plentiful and give visitors the opportunity to sample delicious local fare like venison, lobster and seafood.
Regularly scheduled bus services link Te Anau to Queenstown, Christchurch and Dunedin.