North Island

About Rotorua

Rotorua is the perfect place to relax and unwind while you take in the unique landscapes and culture that make up this beautiful country and the mythical world of Middle-earth. Here you'll see great sprays of steaming water explode into the air and pools of bubbling mud boiling away like some enchanted cauldron. Under the shade of tall tree ferns, shallow pools of water fizz with gold and green bubbles. It's a great place to rejuvenate for the days of adventure and exploration ahead with a long soak in the natural hot springs.

The region is made up of 15 lakes, most of them formed in the craters of long dead volcanoes and the City of Rotorua sits on the shores of the largest. Smaug the dragon would have felt perfectly at home here in such a geothermal wonderland so it's no surprise that a visit brings out the Tolkien fan in all of us. It is also an opportunity to have a close encounter with one of New Zealand's living treasures - the elusive nocturnal Kiwi bird, as well as experiencing enchanting glow worms and great fat trout resting on the bottom of crystal clear streams.

Rotorua is renowned as the place to experience authentic Maori culture and warm hospitality. Home to the Te Arawa tribe, they are extremely proud of their cultural heritage and delighted to share some of their traditions and rituals with you. Imagine a place like Middle-earth where the magical and mysterious come together. Step back in time into beautiful bushland on the banks of a stream - when suddenly you'll see chanting warriors power their war canoe along the waters right in front of you. This place is so incredibly unique you'll be sure to take many special memories on with you.

Check out the other locations where Lord of the Rings was filmed :

Matamata | Piopio | Tongariro | Wellington | Nelson | Christchurch | Twizel | Cromwell | Queenstown

Experience Middle-earth for yourself. View our The Lord of the Rings Tours.

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