Waitomo/Waikato and Rotorua
Waitomo/Waikato and Rotorua Overview
Green rolling hills and lush farmlands are the main decor in Waitomo/Waikatoa, and it is home to some well known icons such as the world class surf breaks in the bohemian seaside town of Raglan, which also happens to be our home. The set for the Shire in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbiton movies in Matamata is a unique experience not to be missed, and the world famous Waitomo Caves are a magical place, with numerous options to explore the caves, whether participating in one of the many adventure activities or marvelling at the wonderful light display created by glowworms.
Rotorua is New Zealand's main geothermal area and a centre where Maori culture thrives. It is situated on the shore of Lake Rotorua, and the whole region offers a mix of pristine lakes to enjoy. Explore the many geothermal wonderlands with boiling mud pools, geysers, steamy and colorful lakes, and unwind at a natural hot spring spa or choose from one of the therapeutic spa and massage therapies
To experience the Maori culture in this region, catch a Maori Cultural performance where you'll learn about Maori culture through song and dance, and will feast on a "Hangi", the traditional Maori way of cooking food underground.
Rotorua is sometimes dubbed "Rotovegas" for the incredible amount of activities on offer. Take a ride up the Skyline Gondola, to come back down again in the luge, a fun activity for the whole family. Hit the world class Red Woods mountain biking trails, or try out one of the unique adventure activities such as zorbing, sledging or a ziptrek tour, the options in Rotorua are endless.
Things you shouldn't miss in Waitomo/Waikato and Rotorua
- The world class surf breaks in Raglan, including a side trip to the idyllic Bridal Veil Falls.
- Lord of the Rings and Hobbiton movie set tour of the Shire.
- Explore the Waitomo Caves.
- Visit the Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal wonderland or Waimangu Volcanic Valley.
- Relax and unwind at a Polynesian Spa.
- Experience a Maori cultural performance.
- Hike the Tarawera Trail at Lake Tarawera.