Golden Springs Holiday Park is located along the Thermal Highway midway between Taupo and Rotorua in the North Island. Well suited for... more
Holiday parks in Rotorua are great for family holidays that won't break the bank. You don't have to pitch a tent either; most holiday parks have a range of accommodation if camping isn't your style. Accommodation usually ranges from tent sites and on-site caravans to motels and self-contained cabins.
The city of Rotorua can be a relaxing destination, with world-class thermal spa facilities, tranquil lakes, renowned golf courses and spectacular scenery to explore. But if it's thrills and action you're after, you've come to the right place. Whether it's rafting, jet-boating, off-roading, luging, soaring through the sky in a giant swing, tumbling downhill in a plastic bubble called a Zorb, or blazing through the forest on a mountain bike, Rotorua certainly knows how to give you an adrenalin rush.
The kids will definitely love Rotorua too. Exotic wildlife, animal encounters, horse riding, hot pools, fun tours, cool rides and lots more are guaranteed to create a fun family trip!
Combine all of this with Rotorua's wondrous geothermal landscape, cultural experiences and historical sites to explore, and you have one great location for a fun-filled holiday. With so much to see and do, it's little wonder that Rotorua is consistently one of the most visited tourist destinations in New Zealand.
How thermal activity came to Rotorua
Maori believe that Rotorua owes its thermal attractions to an early spiritual leader from the Te Arawa tribe, Ngatoroirangi. In Maori mythology, when the great waka (canoe) Te Arawa arrived in Rotorua, Ngatoroirangi had to stand on the summit of what is now Mt Tongariro in order to claim the surrounding land for his tribe.
As he reached the top of the mountain, he almost died from the icy wind and the cold. To save himself from the cold, he sent a prayer to his sisters in Hawaiki (where, according to Maori folklore, the Maori people originated).
They responded, sending fire demons to his aid. These demons cut across the ocean, surfacing at White Island, Rotorua and Taupo before reaching Ngatoroirangi and freeing him from the lethal cold, leaving a geothermal trail where they had travelled and giving these places the thermal activity that can still be seen today.
Rotorua has a thriving cultural community whose art and crafts reflect the vibrancy and spirit of the people. These are practised here in the form of wood, greenstone and bone carvings, weaving and ta moko (tattooing). These art forms have been practised here for around 800 years, and we all know that practice makes perfect! Pick up something ready-made at a souvenir shop, or see it being created at a Maori village.
There is an amazing selection of accommodation in Rotorua: luxury lodges, suites, apartments, self-catering motels and motor inns, bed & breakfasts, backpackers, and holiday parks offering budget accommodation, campervan and campsites. Seasonal discounts may apply and pet-friendly accommodation is available in Rotorua by arrangement. Some holiday parks also sell fishing licences.
Rotorua: The city of Rotorua can be a relaxing destination, with world-class thermal spa facilities, tranquil lakes, renowned golf courses and spectacular scenery to explore. But if it's thrills and action you're after, you've come to the right place. Whether it's rafting, jet-boating, off-roading, luging, soaring through the sky in a giant swing, tumbling downhil... Read MoreFull Info Photos