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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Boasting spectacular lake, city and mountain views from the large timber deck, Tihi Retreat is a private home featuring...