Rotorua is like no other place – its spirit is expressed by the stunning landscape. Stand on active volcanoes, peer into massive craters, see boiling mud, watch erupting geysers, and enjoy unspoiled native forests that cloak the land. Throughout this vista are 14 scenic lakes brimming with trout.
Lake Rotorua is the largest lake in the district and windsurfing, kayaking and trout fishing are favoured pastimes on the lake. At Whakarewarewa you will see the country's largest geyser, Pohutu (shooting to about 31m), the Prince of Wales' Feathers geyser, boiling mud pools and silica terraces.
In the Whakarewarewa village there is carving and weaving schools where you can see traditional craftspeople at work. In Rotorua you have access to horse trekking, orienteering, and some of New Zealand's best mountain-bike trails. Lake Rotoiti is connected to Lake Rotorua and is popular for boating.