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29 days in Rotorua District Itinerary
Fly + foot + bus: 21h
Rotorua— 26 nights
bus + foot + Fly: 21h
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Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.Discover out-of-the-way places like Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park and Agrodome. Escape the urban bustle at Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Rotomahana (in Waimangu) and Wai-O-Tapu (The Bridge at Waiotapu Stream & Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool). And it doesn't end there: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, hike along Blue Lake Track, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.
To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua trip planner .
Vancouver, Canada to Rotorua is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 20 hours. When traveling from Vancouver in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Rotorua: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.
Things to do in Rotorua
Wai-O-Tapu, Waimangu, Okere Falls Track, Tarawera Falls, Lake Okataina
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