Tourist Attractions And What To Do In Rotorua NZ
Looking for a place to stay in Rotorua with a day spa?
Check out Regal Palms 5 Star Spa Resort, central on Fenton St, surprisingly low cost, fabulous hosts, child friendly, a sauna, swimming pool, tennis court and one of the few establishments in Rotorua city offering traditional Maori massage and spiritual healing. Hot Stone Mirimiri massage or deep tissue Romiromi massage are the natural healing massage therapies to choose from.
Visitors to Rotorua are welcome to book in to the Regal Palms Day Spa for this ‘hard to find’ Rotorua massage experience – cultural, dynamic, relaxing and memorable! www.regalpalms.co.nz and Best Traditional Rotorua Massage Treatment
To complete and compliment this Rotorua massage experience, I recommend a local secret spot… a natural thermal pool you can find twenty-five minutes heading south to Taupo.
Turn off the main highway left onto Waiotapu Road – a rough dirt road until you come upon Kerosene Creek on the right (about 1km).
Park where you see a clearing beside some tall trees and take the track to the creek, waterfall and pool (recommended also by Lonely Planet).
Kerosene creek has been a healing pool for Maori people for centuries. If you treat it as sacred and with respect, you will experience its healing properties.
Still feeling fit after your soak in sacred mineral waters?
Head further along Waiotapu Loop Rd to Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland.
A visual and sensual feast for the inquisitive traveler. Have you come to another planet?
Look for the turquoise pool. If you follow the guided hour trek through this amazing terrain of bubbling mud pools, misty pools, coloured pools and craggy moon like surfaces. Closer to base look for the limey yellow Devil’s Bath!
Not recommended for swimming!
Enjoy a cuppa at the Waiotapu Café with an outdoor deck set in native bush and there’s a gift shop attached with natural New Zealand merino wool and possum garments and interesting small gifts.
Must be time to head back to Rotorua Need a good coffee?
My favourite Cafe where they make consistently good coffee is the Library Cafe between the Tourism I-Centre and the Rotorua Library. Are you a foodie ? Look no further! You will definitely find interesting fresh food to eat here, magazines, and organic produce (if you feel like going back to your hotel to cook).
So I’ve planned you a one day’s itinery of things to do in Rotorua! To re-cap, start with a Rotorua Massage by Wikitoria Maori Healing at the Day Spa at Regal Palms Resort, followed by a drive south to Kerosene Creek. Set in the natural native bush well off the beaten track you can relax and soak in one of Rotorua’s secret local ngawha (thermal hot mineral bath). This is an excellent way to complete and integrate the traditional Massage!
Check out the bubbling mud pools further along Waiotapu Road then make your way to Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland. Waiotapu means ‘Sacred Waters’. Take a leisurely stroll around this colourful volcanic spectacle of nature, check out the gift shop and head back to town for a good coffee and delicious snack at the Library Cafe. Buy some organic food to take back to your motel room or eat out!
Watch this space for The Best Rotorua Places to Eat!! Coming soon!!
Oh and remember to drink lots of water as the deep tissue Romiromi, the traditional Maori massage has a detox effect!
Great for cleansing and clearing everything you don’t want-physical, mental or emotional!
Mauri Ora – May the Life Force be with You!