Geothermal Attractions

To list all the geysers, mud pools and geothermal areas of interest will take just about forever. Below you will find just a small selection of the steamy attractions in and around the city:


Set amidst a landscape of erupting geothermal activity is the living Maori village of Whakarewarewa. Join a guided tour to discover the lifestyle and traditions of the Maori and see how they have come to live in harmony with this unique environment. Cultural performances can be seen twice a day, telling the stories of their heritage, past and present through song and dance. Whakarewarewa is well worth a visit, and situated just a short walk from Geneva Motor Lodge.

Te Puia

Te Puia and the New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts institute within its grounds is this country's longest running cultural tourism attraction. The history of the Maori people is carved and woven into meeting houses, canoes, weaponry and jewellery. Guided tours and cultural performances are to be experienced all year round and there is a fascinating Kiwi House, dedicated to saving New Zealand's national icon from extinction.


Wai-O-Tapu (Sacred Waters) is without a doubt New Zealand's most diverse and colourful geothermal area. Experience the amazing vistas, raw beauty and incredible power of Mother Nature. Follow the Wai-O-Tapu walking tracks on an unforgettable journey through this geothermal wonderland, which includes the famous Champagne Pool, a unique area measuring a fifth of a hectare full of boiling thermal water with an amazingly colourful edge.

Hell's Gate

As you can imagine with a name like this, Hell's Gate is Rotorua's most active geothermal field. The reserve is set in 50 acres featuring a huge variety of geothermal activity. Follow the footsteps of ancient warriors through the swirling clouds of steam, past the pool where the Maori Princess "Hurutini" lost her life. See the violent power of the Inferno and the Kakahi Falls, the largest hot waterfall in the southern hemisphere. Hell's Gate is absolutely extraordinary.

Orakei Korako

Just off the highway from Rotorua to Taupo, you will find the exit leading to Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park. Maori for 'Place of Adorning', this area is often described as one of the most unique geothermal areas in the world. Commonly known as the Hidden Valley, this is a truly unique attraction that should not be missed. Allow at least a few hours to wander around this world of gushing geysers, bubbling mud pools and huge silica terraces. It is truly unforgettable.