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Best Day Trips From Rotorua

By Viator, March 2015

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Situated smack in the center of the expansive North Island, the city of Rotorua is known for its natural hot springs, Maori culture, and constant odor of pungent sulfur. Though Rotorua is one of the most popular North Island destinations for the attractions within the city, it’s also a popular destination since it’s centrally located to numerous North Island sights. All of the best day trips from Rotorua are located within a two  hour drive from the city, and over the course of a single day you can reach anywhere from the surfboard-lined shoreline of Mt. Maunganui to a glowworm-filled day trip to Waitomo Caves.

Most visitors, however, prefer day trips from Rotorua which stay closer to the city center and explore the geothermal marvels ringing the city. On day trips to the Wai-O-Topu Geothermal Wonderland, travelers can learn all about the eruption of nearby Mt. Tarawera as well as amble around pools of boiling mud and watch the Lady Knox geyser shoot skyward on command.

Or, at only an hour away, one of the best day trips from Rotorua is heading south to Lake Taupo for everything from skydiving and sailing to jet boating and rafting. At night, head back to Rotorua for a Maori cultural performance to immerse yourself in the fiery culture which is native to this southwestern corner of Polynesia. Rotorua boasts one of the highest percentages of Maori populations found anywhere in New Zealand, and the cultural authenticity and ties to the land are evident to all travelers who pass through the city.

Contributed by Kyle Ellison

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Waitomo Caves and 'The Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton Movie Set Day Trip from Auckland

4.5 star rating: Recommended 173 Reviews

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes

From USD $216.42

Waitomo Caves and Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland

4.5 star rating: Recommended 248 Reviews

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 13 hours

From USD $209.59

'Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 59 Reviews

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes

From USD $75.10

Cave Tubing at Waitomo Caves

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Location: Waitomo, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours

From USD $94.90

Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Morning Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 56 Reviews

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours

From USD $101.72

Waitomo Glowworm Tour at Footwhistle Cave

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Location: Waitomo, New Zealand
Duration: 60 minutes

From USD $37.55

Rotorua to Auckland via Waitomo Glowworm Caves One-Way Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Location: Rotorua, concludes Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes

From USD $163.85

Rotorua Geothermal Wonders and Waikato River Jet Boat Ride

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours

From USD $180.92

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Discovery Tour from Rotorua

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 7 Reviews

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours

From USD $139.96

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