East Coast and the Volcanic Zone

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  • 1. Polynesian Spa

    Pool

    Follow pumice paths from the Government Gardens to naturally heated relaxation. Considered one of the best spas of its kind, it has a wide choice...Read More

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  • 2. Blue Baths

    Pool

    At the southern end of the Government Gardens you can soak in this thermally heated swimming pool, which was built in the 1930s. ...Read More

  • 3. Government Gardens

    Garden/Arboretum

    Heading south from Lake Rotorua takes you to the Government Gardens, which occupy a small peninsula. The Māori call this area Whangapiro (fang...Read More

  • 4. Kuirau Park

    Park/Playground

    This public park is a local hot spot—literally. Mud pools and hot springs sit alongside the flower beds, which at times are almost hidden by...Read More

  • 5. St. Faith's

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A short walk north from the Rotorua lakefront brings you to the Māori pā (fortress) of Ohinemutu, the region's original Māori settlement....Read More

  • 6. Te Puia

    Local Interest–Sight

    The grounds here are home to silica terraces, mud pools, and the Pohutu Geyser (the largest active one in the southern hemisphere). Te Puia...Read More

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  • 7. The Living Thermal Village

    Town/Village

    For an introduction to Māori life, visit this authentic village. On a guided tour you'll see thermal pools where villagers bathe, boiling mineral...Read More

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