1) Explore alien landscapes… without leaving Planet Earth
Imagine wandering through volcanic lands as warm clouds of steam float by. Each time the steam clears, there’s a new wonder to behold: gurgling mud pools, geysers spouting high in the air, acid green pools and bright orange terraces.
Did you wake up on another planet? It will certainly feel like it. Rotorua is called a “geothermal wonderland” for very good reasons. As well as being visually stunning, these Geothermal Features have great spiritual, historical and geological significance. They even help to provide
New Zealand’s power.
There are around 1200 geothermal features in Rotorua, many of which are open to the public to explore. With names like Champagne Pool, Artist’s Palette and Devil’s Bath, it’s hard to resist checking out as many as possible. To find them, follow your nose - the eggy smell of sulphur will let you know you’re getting close! There are special geothermal parks where you can pay to see some of the more famous attractions, but there are plenty of free spots too.