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BK7EF2 Rotorua, Waiotapu thermal area, Champagne Pool

Tauranga (Rotorua), New Zealand

The majority of kiwi fruit produced in New Zealand is shipped from Tauranga. For us, it is the gateway to the Rotorua Thermal Area, a picturesque region of towering geysers, bubbling mud pots, steam vents and other volcanic phenomena. Adjacent to the thermal area is a large Maori Cultural Centre where the traditional arts and cultural practices are taught and maintained. It is an excellent place to shop for a distinctive carved wooden or woven souvenir or piece of handcrafted jewelry in the native materials and style. Near Tauranga there are also the famous Waitomo Glow-worm caverns.