Rotorua

Renowned for its Maori culture, Rotorua is a great town for a getaway. You’ll indulge in cultured foods—particularly Maori cuisine, known for being prepared in earth ovens. For some hearty Maori food, visit spots like Whakarewarewa the Living Maori Village, home to delicious corn-on-the-cob cooked in hot pools. Near the town is Lake Rotorua, the second largest lake in North Island. It hosts a luscious lake, geysers, hot springs, and a cable car that takes you up to the Stratosfare restaurant. The town is surrounded by lush nature, so you’ll get plenty of chances to indulge in outdoor activities like swimming, mountain biking, hiking, and kayaking in regions like Mount Tarawera. You’ll eat like a local and explore the outdoors like a Maori during your getaway in Rotorua.