New Zealand is full of interesting history and culture, so one place you definitely want to have on your must-see list is Rotorua. This part of the country is famous for its cultural landmarks, natural spring waters and soothing pools -- definitely something to enjoy during a visit to this region of New Zealand. The location of Rotorua makes it unique and also draws in travellers from around the world -- not only is the Maori culture immersed throughout the area, but the volcanic nature of the landscape gives the city its interesting recreational opportunities. This area of New Zealand is included in the volcanic zone, which means there are many geysers, hot springs and bubbling mud pools to enjoy.

No matter where you go, chances are you’ll have an opportunity to see some geyser erupt – the Lady Knox Geyser is a daily occurrence at the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley has some unique attributes about it including it being the youngest geothermal ecosystem in the entire world. Frying Pan Lakes is also located here and was formed in 1886 when Mount Tarawera erupted – making it the largest hot water spring! Once you’ve had your fill of checking out geysers, head over to one of the Maori villages to learn more about their impressive culture. Tamaki Village and Mitai Village all feature cultural aspects for visitors including singing, war dances known as haka and, of course, food. By visiting one of these villages still have the opportunity to see how the Maori use the important thermal waters as a way of life and see life in the village as it is lived by the indigenous people. There are historical tours that take you to the villages and give you important context to the life and culture of native peoples.

After a day of exploring, there’s nothing better than soaking your body in a mineral pool. Most of the spas and resorts feature natural mineral pools and many of the lakes are open to visitors. Are you ready to detox the skin and indulge in some of the restorative mud baths? There are plenty of places around Rotorua that include the skin treatment as part of its experience.