The reflection of the picturesque green hills shimmers in the water’s mirror-like surface. A light breeze rolls across the water, gently ascending towards the breathtaking peaks of Mount Tarawera to the east.
Rich in cultural heritage, Rotorua is one of New Zealand’s premier tourist destinations. Offering the perfect blend of nature, culture and relaxation, it truly is an idyllic escape.
A leading Rotorua resort, Peppers on the Point is the ideal base from which to explore this stunning region. Situated on the beautiful lake itself, it features awe-inspiring surroundings and unparalleled views that are sure to take your breath away. If you’re looking for truly opulent Rotorua accommodation, this 1930s-inspired retreat is holiday living at its finest.
Activities & Attractions
A place of natural beauty, Rotorua is famous for its geothermal springs and active volcanos; from gushing geysers to bubbling mud pools, it’s a sight to behold. Only a couple of minutes from central Rotorua, Te Puia spans sixty hectares and is an iconic tourist destination featuring boiling mud pools and the famous Pohutu Geyser. Steeped in culture and tradition, this destination is home to the New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Institute. Gain an insight into the Māori way of life through live cultural performances, or take a walk through the beautiful bush setting and catch a glimpse of some native fauna.
For those interested in the region’s history, the buried village of Te Wairoa is a must-see attraction. The village was destroyed when Mt Tarawera erupted in 1886; archaeological excavations began in 1931 and today these sites can be explored either independently or via a guided tour. Discover the history of the village and its early settlers at the Museum of Te Wairoa, or take a walk along the picturesque waterfall trail to Wairere Falls and let the fine mist surround you.
If you love to hike, the Waimangu Volcanic Valley is home to some of the best walking trails in Rotorua. Take a self-guided tour through the incredible volcanic craters and geothermal areas, head out on cruise across the stunning Lake Rotomahana, or grab a coffee at the cafe and enjoy the picturesque views.
New Zealand’s most colourful volcanic park, Wai-O-Tapu offers visitors a slightly different experience. Home to naturally occurring coloured hot and cold springs, the Champagne Pool and Lady Knox Geyser, this popular tourist attraction really does have to be seen to be believed.
While the hot springs and volcanic craters look amazing from the ground, they’re perhaps even more breathtaking from the air. There are a number of tour operators that offer flights across the region; fly across the scenic geothermal areas, White Island, Mt Tarawera and the Rotorua Lakes.
If your idea of the perfect holiday is relaxing by the water with your fishing rod in hand, you’ll be pleased to known that Rotorua provides extensive fishing opportunities. There are eleven lakes in total across the region, with Rotorua, Rotoiti, Tarawera, Okataina and Rotoma being the best in terms of fishing.
The Living Māori Village of Whakarewarewa is a must for those who wish to immerse themselves in the local culture. Set amidst a landscape of geothermal activity, the village allows you to discover how the Māori people have come to live in harmony with these truly unique surroundings. While you’re there, be sure to indulge in the traditional geothermal Hangi (Maori feast) – it truly is a culinary experience like no other.
On the subject of food, Rotorua has a lot to offer the discerning visitor. Dine in-house at Peppers on the Point Restaurant, enjoy fine dining and panoramic views from the dining establishment atop Mt Ngongotaha, or enjoy a refreshing cocktail in a relaxing alfresco setting.
At the end of a long day exploring the region’s natural, cultural and culinary wonders, visit the renowned Polynesian Spa and relax in the wonderfully warm hot pools or enjoy one of the many spa treatment options available. Alternatively, make the half hour drive to Kerosene Creek and relax in the secluded natural hot pool. Situated at the base of a two metre waterfall, there’s no better way to rejuvenate.
Tourism is still relatively strong in Rotorua over winter, as the climate is fairly mild and there are plenty of reasons to visit during the cooler months. Situated inland from the coast, Rotorua is sheltered by high country to the south and east, meaning it’s protected from the wind more so than other parts of New Zealand.
If you’re visiting during the winter months, be sure to visit the Rotorua Museum to learn about the region’s history, stop by The Agrodome Farm Show to get up close and personal with New Zealand’s favourite woolly animals, and take in the views aboard the Skyline Gondola. The geothermal areas are open all year round; in fact, the hot pools are particularly attractive when the weather is cooler!
Once a family home, Peppers on the Point is an intimate retreat set amongst serene, tranquil surrounds. Overlooking Lake Rotorua, it features spectacular views out to Mokoia Island and is ideally situated for those who want to experience the wonders of this beautiful region.
The recently refurbished mansion features beautifully furnished one bedroom suites, as well as the two bedroom Lake Villa Apartment and four bedroom Lake Villa for larger groups. These classically designed rooms retain old-world 1930s charm; Peppers on the Point is the leading choice for those in search of a Rotorua resort with a difference!