When you're visiting a city for the first time, there's nothing better than getting tips from a local beyond the usual guide book suggestions!
We asked Takurua Mutu for their insider scoop on Rotorua.
Eat Street – This is the new entertainment area and it’s a symbol of how far Rotorua has come. The restaurants, bars and cafes all have a really fun energy. Try Leonardo’s Pure Italian or have alternative fusion cuisine at tapas-style restaurant Atticus Finch.
Brew – On any given night you can head down to this local craft brewery pub to listen to a live band. Ponsonby Rd lounge bar has DJs spinning cool tunes and soulful jazz music.
Kaituna River – Go rafting on the river and see a seven-metre waterfall. Rotorua has some of the best white-water rafting in the world.
White Island – This is New Zealand’s most active volcano, also called Te Puia o Whakaari. The only way to visit it is via the phenomenal Frontier Helicopters experience.
Insider info – There’s no better place to enjoy getting into the outdoors. You can go mountain biking, fishing, sailing and wake boarding!