Rotorua Tour Packages
Visit a destination surrounded by the most exquisite landscapes, engulfed in the ancient Maori culture, for an experience that will leave you enthralled
You know you have arrived in Rotorua when you can distinguish the faint smell of Sulphur that is prevalent in the air. But Rotorua tours are so much more than the naturally steaming geysers and boiling mud pools that the place is famous for. In fact, Rotorua offers a truly unique and astounding natural landscape, the likes of which you may have never seen before. Adding another spectacular dimension to your Rotorua holiday packages is the subtle but omnipresent Māori culture of the region.
Experience the traditional hospitality, which is called Manaakitanga, of the warm and affable natives while you get the chance to interact with the Māori people and learn more about their rich culture and heritage. With picturesque lakes, expansive unspoiled forests, and the unusually gorgeous rugged terrain, Rotorua sightseeing is an extravaganza you wouldn’t want to miss. If your travel ideas revolve around the path less travelled, then cost-effectively priced Rotorua tours by Veena World will be the perfect choice for you. When you book your travels with Veena World, not only do you get an online Rotorua tour package at cost-effective prices but can even customise your Rotorua sightseeing tours to cover all the destinations that you would like to visit. Check out the many Rotorua tour package deals online at cost-effective prices, available at Veena World to plan the perfect vacation.
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Get to know more about Rotorua before booking your tour packages
Rotorua is short for Te Rotorua-nui-a-Kahumatamomoe in Māori which means "The second great lake of Kahumatamomoe". Rotorua is located on the southern shore of Lake Rotorua in the Bay of Plenty Region of the North Island of New Zealand. The history of the place goes back to the 14th century when the first Māori settlers arrived here. This place has retained the authenticity of the native Māori culture as approximately 38% of the population has Māori ethnicity. The fame of Rotorua tours is not recent as it has been a tourist destination for over two centuries. Most visitors avail a Rotorua tour package to experience the geothermal hotspots this place is known for. The landscape of the place is characterized by the volcanic topography and coloured silica terraces and is one of the highlights of most Rotorua sightseeing tours. Although English is the most widely spoken language, Te Reo Māori is also commonly spoken in Rotorua.
Although Rotorua is mostly known for its geothermal activity, it is not the only enchantment that this beautiful destination holds. It may be said that the chance to experience first-hand the Māori culture while sightseeing in Rotorua, at any one of the meeting grounds known as marae, is priceless. Volcanic eruptions in the past have bestowed Rotorua with spectacular crater lakes which offer tourists the chance for some awe-inspiring Rotorua sightseeing. There are as many as seventeen lakes collectively known as the Lakes of Rotorua. And while on Rotorua tours, don’t forget to try your hand with some trout fishing as the region is one of New Zealand's prime trout fishing spots.
Rotorua tours can also take you to the many nature reserves of the region that allows you to enjoy nature in its purest form. While sightseeing in Rotorua, indulge in the many outdoor adventure activities that the region is famous for. Rotorua sightseeing tours are an amalgamation of pristine scenic beauty, unique natural wonders, and ancient Māori culture and history.
Veena World understands the needs of travellers wanting an out of the box experience. That is why we have thoughtfully curated itineraries for Rotorua sightseeing tours online that include only the best attractions for Rotorua sightseeing. So, whether you are travelling with your family or are on your honeymoon, Veena World’s Rotorua holiday packages promise you an exhilarating time.
Things to Do in Rotorua
Rotorua holiday packages organized by Veena World are customisable to suit everyone's tastes, age, preferences, and budget.
If you want to plan the best of Rotorua sightseeing tours, here are some of the best places to visit in Rotorua that you can consider adding to your holiday package:
- Waimangu Volcanic Valley:
If you want to include the region’s best geothermal activities into your Rotorua holiday packages, the Waimangu Volcanic Valley would be the perfect place. Visitors can take a walk on the many walkways here that let one witness the numerous smoke-filled craters and the striking coloured silica terraces from a safe distance. The highlight of the valley is the Inferno Crater with its huge geyser spewing steam high in the air. It is also highly recommended that you take a boat trip on the nearby Lake Rotomahana. The ride takes you across many more geothermal sites and to the famed pink and white terraces that were destroyed when Mount Tarawera erupted in 1886. These terraces were once called the eighth wonder of the world.
- Rotorua Museum:
The Rotorua Museum is considered to be the most splendid building in Rotorua and is a major attraction in Rotorua sightseeing. Built in 1908 as a spa retreat, it was originally called the Bath House. The Tudor-style building is located on the shores of Lake Rotorua. This museum is of great importance as the exhibits trace the history of Rotorua from pre-European times to the present, and brilliantly catalogues the development of the region through the ages. The Nga Pumanawa o Te Arawa gallery is dedicated to the rich culture and heritage of the native Te Arawa Maori Tribe. The rooftop of the building provides breath-taking views of the lake and surroundings. The surrounding lush Government Gardens too are the perfect backdrop for the magnificent museum.
The Maori village of Whakarewarewa is home to the Tuhourangi and Ngati Wahiao tribes and like most Maori villages it enjoys proximity to geothermal sites. These sites are extremely important to the tribes as their daily lives are dependent on them. Visitors on a Rotorua tour package can also get a perspective into the village life of the Maori people and enjoy traditional Maori cultural performances and hospitality.
- Te Puia:
Te Puia is home to the largest geyser in the southern hemisphere - the Pohutu Geyser, which sprays water that goes up to 30 meters. These eruptions can last for days; in fact, one eruption lasted for 250 days. Then you have the Kiwi Birdhouse in the Te Puia Park, where travellers can get a glimpse of these pretty but rare nocturnal birds. Your Rotorua tours may just be left incomplete if you don’t get to see a kiwi; after all, even the New Zealanders are fondly referred to as Kiwis, after the Kiwi bird. Te Puia Park also houses the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute that celebrates traditional Maori wooden craftsmanship. You can watch teachers and students of the institute engaged in creating beautiful masterpieces. Overall, a trip to Te Puia will be a complete experience for you to enjoy.
- Waitomo Glow Worm Caves:
These caves shouldn’t be missed during Rotorua sightseeing as they resemble a sky full of twinkling stars on a cloudless night. The Waitomo Glow Worm Caves are a limestone cave system that is characterized by huge stalactites and is home to millions of glow worms. These glow worms illuminate the caves brilliantly and transform them into glowing caverns. Adventure enthusiasts can explore these caves and some nearby caves either on foot or with boat tours. The eerie formations in the Ruakuri Cave and Aranui Caves can be explored on foot, while the Ruakuri Cave is also famous for black water rafting.
Visitors throng to this place to experience a fantastic land created for the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Hobbit films. Hobbiton is a part of the privately-owned Alexander farms where the owners have preserved the film set and now give guided tours. The fairy tale houses, windmills, stone bridges, and inns make you feel like you have stepped into another world.
Best Time to Visit Rotorua
The Rotorua region enjoys a warm, temperate climate. The summer months from January to March are the best season to plan your Rotorua sightseeing tours.