7 Must-Visit Places on New Zealand’s North Island

Trying to decide where to go on New Zealand’s North Island? I’ve got 7 must-visit places right here! … New Zealand is absolutely filled with beautiful, interesting, cool, fun places to visit. Unfortunately, most of us have a limited time in the country, so you won’t be able to see everything. Trust me, I spent… Continue reading 7 Must-Visit Places on New Zealand’s North Island

6 Free Things to Do in Rotorua

Rotorua is one of the biggest tourist destinations in New Zealand, attracting around 3 million visitors every year. You’ll find all sorts of attractions, including geothermal and natural wonders, crazy adventure activities, and cultural entertainment. Plus, if you’re looking for free things to do in Rotorua, you’re in luck! As in any major tourist area,… Continue reading 6 Free Things to Do in Rotorua

Government Gardens // Rotorua, NZ

The Government Gardens in Rotorua is a public park on the shore of Lake Rotorua. While the whole park is beautifully landscaped, gardens are not the only attraction. The park land was gifted to the British crown in the late 1800s by the local Maori peoples. The land was used to promote the geothermal features… Continue reading Government Gardens // Rotorua, NZ

Wai-O-Tapu: New Zealand’s Geothermal Wonderland

If you go to New Zealand for any length of time, you will at some point hear about its position as one of the major geothermal areas in the world. In Rotorua, you will hear about it (and see it) everywhere you go. You will also smell it. A visit to a museum or geothermal… Continue reading Wai-O-Tapu: New Zealand’s Geothermal Wonderland

Rotorua Redwoods: A Redwood Forest in New Zealand

A redwood forest in New Zealand? Yes, you read that right! There is an actual Redwood forest in New Zealand. Located in Rotorua, the Whakarewarewa Forest contains real California Redwoods. Planted in the forest in the early 1900s (along with over 100 other tree varieties), the California Redwoods are one of the biggest draws of… Continue reading Rotorua Redwoods: A Redwood Forest in New Zealand