If you go to New Zealand’s thermal region...

If you go . . .

What to do

Whakarewarewa: The Living Thermal Village

17 Tryon St., Rotorua



Adults $24 ($49 with hangi meal), children $11 ($25 with hangi meal), family (2 adults and up to 4 children) $58.

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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201 Waiotapu Loop Road Rotorua


Adults $26, ages 5-15 $9, under 5 $2, family (2 adults and up to 3 children) $64.

Waikite Valley Thermal Pools

Waikite Valley Road, Rotorua



Public pools: Adults $11, ages 5-15 $6, under 5 $3, family (2 adults and 2 children) $30; private pools (40 minutes) $14 per person, includes use of outside public pools.

Where to stay

Bayview Wairakei Resort

State Highway One, Taupo


A variety of room configurations, including suites and family villas with kitchenettes, from $115.

Regent of Rotorua


1191 Pukaki St., Rotorua


Centrally located boutique hotel with stylish suites, a mini gym, mineral thermal pool, and a spa treatment room, from $189.

Where to eat

Fat Dog Cafe

1161 Arawa St., Rotorua


Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, serving creative New Zealand food, such as lamb and kumara (sweet potato) mash or wedges, in a quirky environment with local artwork. BYO wine. Breakfast $9-$14, lunch and dinner $10-$25.

The Pig and Whistle

1182 Tutanekai St., Rotorua


Housed in a former police station, it’s known for burgers, seafood chowder, and New Zealand lamb salad. Good selection of local beers. Lunch and dinner $11-$27.