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Rotorua - New Zealand Travel DestinationsLocated in the central North Island, Rotorua is a leisurely three-hour drive from Auckland. You won't even notice the time passing as you meander through the spectacular countryside. We recommend pulling over your campervan rental vehicle occasionally to take in the scenery along the way.

The local Maori have a very strong spiritual connection with this area which is based around their respect for the natural elements and their respect for the spirit within each person.

The Earth's Spirit

Before you pull up in town in your campervan hire vehicle you will notice something smells different about Rotorua. The area is a hotbed of geothermal activity. The thermal forces from deep within the earth's crust escape at various locations, sometimes in spectacular fashion. There are several geysers around Rotorua which erupt with tremendous force and provide a spectacle that has been thrilling tourists for centuries.

A more relaxed way to enjoy this geothermal activity is in one of the many hot mineral springs. The reputed health benefits of this are widespread and women rave about the cosmetic benefits of the mineral rich mud deposits in the area.

Some of the more popular thermal attractions are : Lady Knox Geyser, Pohutu Geyser and the Hell's Gate thermal park. Many hotels and day spa businesses offer a combination of spa treatments and thermal pools for their guests.

Although camper van hire travllers can also easily enjoy these natural wonders. While many of the more popular attractions require an admission, there are also several places at which you can observe this amazing natural phenomena.

To get a birds eye view of the area why not take a scenic flight to White Island (New Zealand's only active marine volcano) or over the red crater of Mount Tarawera (now dormant). You can also visit the Waimangu Volcanic Valley which is the series of craters left behind after the eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886.

The excavated sites at Te Wairoa are fascinating. This is the village that was buried by the 1886 Mount Tarawera eruption. The contrast between ancient and modern wonders is fascinating. Touring the area in a camper van rentals New Zealand is an ideal way to take it all in.

The Maori Spirit

Rotorua is the the cultural heartland of the Maori people. Their history stretches back more than 600 years, long before the first European settler arrived. Luckily their culture lives on through their descendants and modern day visitors are afforded a fascinating insight into this proud and noble culture.

Learn the history and tradition behind the Maori arts. Expert carvers and weavers will demonstrate their age old craft and are very happy to answer questions. Visitors who are searching for an authentic experience should look out for a marae stay, hosted by an extended Maori family (whanau). While you won't need your campervan hire vehicle to take part, you will be glad that your creature comforts are not far away.

For a taste of the European history of New Zealand a visit to the Blue Baths is a must. Soak in the crystal clear hot spa downstairs, then dine upstairs in the elegant 1930s tearoom with views of the beautifully maintained Government Gardens.

For a fully immersive journey into the Maori heartland you should definitely attend a 'hangi' and enjoy hospitality Maori style. Be treated to a delicious meal and traditional performances of Maori song and dance. This will be a highlight of your journey. One of the joys of a campervan hire New Zealand holiday is that if you are enjoying one area and wish to explore it is very easy to change your itinery once you are on the road.

Nature's Spirit

Nature dominates the landscape in Rotorua. There is an abundance of forests, lakes and volcanic cones which makes this area a brilliant place for walking, biking and hiking.

A visit to the giant California redwood forest will inspire you. Go for a bush walk, go mountain biking or horse back riding along the well maintained tracks. Bikes and horses are available for hire. Or why not take a half day 4WD tour to the top of Mount Tarawera. Once at the summit take a walk around the edge of the crater. Visitors with a high level of fitness can take a scree run down into the crater to cap off an exciting day of adventure. You will collapse at the end of the day in your comfy campervan rentals bed and be glad you don't have far to go to bed down for the night.

Exploring this magical region on foot is probably the best way to take everything in. The 26km Rotorua Walkway circles the city and provides uninterrupted views of the entire region.

Anglers are well catered for. There are 15 fishable lakes and many more crystal clear streams and rivers that are home to four different species of trout. The best way to ensure you land a catch is to hire one of the local guides who can give you the insider's tips to the regions marine life.

For a more relaxing experience head out on the Lakeland Queen, an authentic paddlewheel boat that provides regular dining cruises on Lake Rotorua.

Family Spirit

When you are in Rotorua you come to expect the unexpected. The region has many ways of keeping you entertained. Animal lovers will enjoy a visit to an action-packed, and often amusing farm show featuring trained farm animals of all kinds.

Anglers would do well to visit Rainbow Springs, which is stocked full of wild trout. For some romance, why not ride the gondola to the top of Mount Ngongotaha. Luge down the side of the mountain or be thrilled and excited on the Sky Swing

A campervan hire holiday in Rotorua is just one of the many ways to enjoy the beautiful and bountiful land that is New Zealand.

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