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Facts about Central Plateau with location information


Rotorua

 

Voted New Zealand's Most Beautiful City in 1999, 2000 and 2002, Rotorua's striking gardens, cobbled streets and fascinating mix of Maori culture and English Tudor architecture give the city a distinct and unique character.

 

Beyond the urban centre, a backdrop of geothermal steam, volcanic mountains and huge crater lakes is a constant reminder that the region rests immediately above the Pacific Ring of Fire.

 

Geothermal phenomena

From the moment you arrive, the scent of sulphur tells you that Rotorua is different. Steam escapes from crevices in the ground, gardens bloom alongside bubbling craters and geysers shoot for the sky. In no time at all, travellers become accustom to the distinctive Rotorua 'aroma'.

 

Spa therapy

160 years after the first Europeans arrived to ‘spa' in Rotorua, visitors are still enjoying the therapeutic properties of the geothermal resources. Mineral pools, mud wraps and massage will leave you feeling rejuvenated.

 

Maori spirit

In Rotorua's geothermal villages, the tradition of guiding and sharing cultural heritage has been passed down through the generations. You'll find it expressed with true warmth and energy.

 

 


 

Ruapehu

 

The 800 square kilometre Tongariro National Park (a World Heritage Area) is the centre of attraction for this region. It was gifted to the country by the local Ngati Tuwharetoa people, who recognised that such a precious treasure belonged to all New Zealanders. The park protects three of New Zealand's most dramatic natural assets - the active andesitic volcanoes Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe. On a clear day at any time of the year, the mountains are awesome. Their cones and surrounding lava fields provide amazing opportunities for adventure and exploration.

 

 

Volcanic hiking

Gifted to the nation by the Ngati Tuwharetoa, Tongariro National Park enshrines three massive active volcanoes. Unforgettable hiking trails, including the famous Tongariro Crossing, run around and up the mountains.

 

Whanganui National Park

The Whanganui River winds its way through hills and valleys from the mountains of the central North Island to the Tasman Sea. To appreciate its beauty, kayak or journey down the river with local Maori guides.

 

Winter sports

Imagine skiing or snowboarding on an active volcano. On Mount Ruapehu, it's a reality. Turoa and Whakapapa ski areas will tempt you with world class facilities and a huge range of runs - from beginner to advanced.

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