The Smell of Rotorua
Nick-named The Sulphur City, Rotorua does have a rather unique pungent aroma. It has been described as smelling
distinctly like rotten eggs, and truth be told, it is indeed an odoriferous city. The smell however grows on you,
and not in an uncomfortable fungal way! Rather, the smell is a reminder of the geothermal
activity of this beautiful region, the intense presence of beneficial minerals and the readily available natural
remedies that Mother Nature offers freely in Rotorua. Instead of the smell becoming unbearable the longer you stay,
the aroma fades, and once a traveller has moved on from Rotorua, it may even be missed.
Rotorua is an experience not to be missed when travelling New Zealand. Its geothermal significance is profound
and in most cases, a once in a lifetime opportunity to see such wonders up close. The sometimes overpowering, but
most often just a whiff, scent of Rotorua is not a deterrent to visit rather an invitation to the senses to
envelope yourself in the natural marvels of this volcanic heartland.
Sulphur and its Miracles
Bathing in Rotorua's waters has been a noted medicinal treatment long before the early New Zealand government
commissioned the historic Bath House. Sulphur is a safe, non-toxic age-old remedy for every conceivable skin
irritation and infection and is FDA approved for the treatment of acne. The hot pools, high in sulphur, have also
been said to assist in the easing of pains from arthritis and general aches and pains. Experience Rotorua's unique
health, beauty and spa treatments; warm yourself in hot mineral pools, or relax and enjoy natural product spa and
Find out what unique Health, Beauty and Spa treatments Rotorua has to offer:
Featured Rotorua Health and Beauty Activities
Sightseeing Cruise - White Island
Join the White Island Tours crew aboard the luxury launch PeeJay for a 6 hour adventure to explore New Zealand's only active marine volcano - White Island. Being a live volcano there is little doubt that White Island is home to New Zealand's most impressive geothermal activity. Visitors are able to get up close to roaring steam vents, bubbling pits of mud, hot volcanic streams and the amazing lake of steaming acid. More...
Rafting - Rotorua - Starting from NZ $85.00 per person
Raft the Kaituna River. Pass through steep, bush clad canyons, over 14 awesome drops- including the 7m Tutea Falls. Blended with a touch of culture, this trip offers it all, for both rafting enthusiasts and first timers. More...
Day Tour - Rotorua - Starting from NZ $205.00 per adult
Enjoy a day trip from Rotorua through across lush rolling farm landscape to the mystical Waitomo Glowworm Caves. See vaulted caverns, stalactites and stalagmites and hear how these limestone formations were created over millions of years. Your tour ends with a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, a subterranean cavern illuminated by the lights of thousands of tiny glowworms - it's magical! Finally we retrace our steps and return to Rotorua, arriving in the early afternoon. More...
Rafting - Rotorua - Starting from NZ $99.00 per person
Kaitiaki Adventures are New Zealand's original white water sledging specialists - since 1989. A Rotorua based whitewater rafting a sledging company we offer a unique blend of Maori culture and history whilst experiencing the ultimate adrenaline ruch. No previous experience necessary. Courtesy transport provided. More...
Jet Boating - Rotorua
Welcome to Kawarau Jet, based on the shores of scenic Lake Rotorua, New Zealand. If ever a tourism operator lived up to its catch-cry of speed, spins and adrenaline, it's K-Jet. You'll only have to look at the smiley faces of passengers who've embarked from the big yellow boat to know they've had an awesome experience. We offer an endless range of activities, combining sight seeing and the cultural aspects of the surrounding area with 'speed, spins and adrenaline'! More...
Union Street Apartments #2
Situated in Rotorua, just 1.1 km from Polynesian Spa, Union Street Apartments #2 features accommodation with free WiFi....