Rotorua is a place for a genuinely different experience. There is always steam coming out of the ground everywhere - even the drains in the street gutters! The smell of sulphur is a bit of a surprise when you first get there but you get used to it after a while. Not only is it amazing to see, it is also very famous for the healing powers of the therapeutic mud and natural hot water springs you can bath in. Recommended places to visit while at Rotorua include Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland, Orakei Korako, Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park, Mitai Maori Village, Hells Gate, Polynesian Spa, the Buried Village or even have a go at white water rafting with River Rats.
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