June 17 - Maori All Blacks v British & Irish Lions

Rotorua is New Zealand’s oldest tourism destination with visitors attracted by the natural hot springs, bubbling mud pools, and active geysers – spectacular thermal wonders on the “Pacific ring of fire”. The city staged the official welcome for the 2005 Lions Tour, and visitors for the DHL New Zealand Lions Series 2017 can expect another rousing welcome to the heartland of Māori culture.

Rotorua’s local Te Arawa iwi have welcomed visitors for over 150 years. It’s the best place to learn of Maori traditions and experience their culture.

Volcanic crater lakes, spouting geysers, bubbling mud pools and colourful sinter terraces; Rotorua is alive with geothermal activity. Witness the earth’s power, or feel it as you submerge into thermal streams or indulge in luxury spa experiences.

Rotorua is the undisputed adventure capital of the North Island. It’s home to the best mountain biking in the southern hemisphere, the luge, jet boating, rafting, ball-rolling, bungee jumping, ziplining, trout fishing, and so much more.

And on match day, June 17, come and be part of the world record attempt at the world’s largest haka, at midday on the Village Green before you head to the game!

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