Rotorua Mud Festival

Get Dirty in Rotorua, New Zealand

By —— Bio and Archives--June 29, 2016

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Rotorua, well known for its Maori cultural tourism and natural hot springs, is now earning a reputation for being a dirty, dirty destination (that’s great for your skin!) – with its brand new Rotorua Mud Festival!

Starting in early December 2017 – the Rotorua Mud Festival will celebrate the city’s distinctive and unique geothermal and volcanic environment by inviting the world to a completely immersive experience with Rotorua’s one-of-a-kind mud – to get neck-deep in mud, so to speak.

Rotorua has a 150-year history of using its unique mud for therapy and beauty treatments. The region’s mud is very high in minerals, due to its contact with the volcanic gases and minerals from the earth’s core. When warmed, the mud also stores heat easily, which makes it ideal for heat treatments.

The festival, which will take place in downtown Rotorua, will include a mud arena, spa and wellness experiences, and educational and historical storytelling.

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Rotorua Mud Experiences Roundup

Along with the new Rotorua Mud Festival, the city has a number of different mud-related activities that we thought you might be interested in.

The Rotorua Museum is home to the historic Mud Bath Basement. Accessed via a walkway beneath the building, the four baths on view remain largely as they were when the building opened in 1908.

Hells Gate, one of the premier Rotorua experiences, offers mud baths, mud facials and a mud-foot pool set in one of Rotorua’s most active geothermal areas.

At the world-famous Polynesian Spa, visitors can indulge in different mud therapies including a mud body wrap. Guests are covered in a Rotorua thermal mud mask and then cocooned in sheets and towels before having a relaxing scalp massage.

Just outside Rotorua, the Wai-O-Tapu mud pool is the site of a large mud volcano which was destroyed through erosion in the 1920’s. A highly active mud pool, it provides visitors with one of the most spectacular opportunities to experience the unique character and sounds of erupting mud and where the activity is always guaranteed.

Te Puia – one of Rotorua’s most popular attractions – has two impressive mud pools. Nga Mokai a Koko is the largest, with a depth of between 6-10 metres and bursts of mud reaching temperatures of approximately 90-95°C. Purapurawhetu or “Star Dust” takes its name from the small clusters of boiling mud resembling a pattern of stars like the Milky Way.

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