The smell of Rotorua and the recuperative miracles of this geothermal wonderland; unique health, beauty and spa treatments.

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 massage.

Find out what unique Health, Beauty and Spa treatments Rotorua has to offer:

Featured Rotorua Health and Beauty Activities

White Island Tours -  Explore an active volcano!

White Island Tours - Explore an active volcano!

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...

Waimangu Volcanic Valley Self Guided Tours

Waimangu Volcanic Valley Self Guided Tours

Day Tour - Waimangu Volcanic Valley - Starting from NZ $37.00 per adult

Prime Rotorua tourist attraction, Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers self guided tours through spectacular geothermal activity in the world's youngest geothermal system. Waimangu Volcanic Valley is home to wonderful plant and bird life, thermal hot springs, steaming cliffs, volcanic craters and many more geothermal features.We are just 20 minutes South of Rotorua and 40 minutes North of Taupo. More...

Waitomo and Rotorua Experience (from Auckland)

Waitomo and Rotorua Experience (from Auckland)

Day Tour - Auckland - Starting from NZ $327.00 per adult

This full day sightseeing tour has it all! Experience magical glowworms and world-famous limestone formations at Waitomo Caves, as well as the rich cultural heritage and geothermal bounty of Rotorua. More...

White Water Sledging - Kaituna River

White Water Sledging - Kaituna River

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...

Hell's Gate Thermal Reserve, Mud Bath & Spas

Hell's Gate Thermal Reserve, Mud Bath & Spas

Attraction - Rotorua - Starting from NZ $35.00 per adult

Hell's Gate Geothermal Park is set in 50 acres with a large variety of thermal features, and is Rotorua's most active thermal park. Walk past steaming fumeroles and hot pools of boiling MUD so violent they are unnerving. More...


Arista of RotoruaArista of Rotorua - Motel.

Arista of Rotorua studios are 20 minutes’ walk from the famous Polynesian Spa. The property features a BBQ area and a...

Full-Day Rotorua Shore Excursion Including Te Puia and Hells Gate Thermal BedsFull-Day Rotorua Shore Excursion Including Te Puia and Hells Gate Thermal Beds - Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga. Starting from $199.00 per person.

Experience this small group tour to the stunning geothermal landscape of Rotorua. Visit Te Puia for geysers, learn...

 

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