Accessible from New Zealand's biggest city, Rotorua is famous for its volcanic activity. The area is one of the worlds great geothermal areas. Geothermal reserves such as Waimangu, Waiotapu, and Whakarewarewa, which are all situated in beautiful natural surroundings. Every reserve has spectacular examples of geysers, boiling pools, hot springs, boiling mud, volcanic terraces, and craters. Rotorua also has many beautiful lakes to swim in and plenty of native bush for trekking. Mount Tarawera a nearby volcano offers spectacular scenery including superb views inside the rim of the volcano. Rotorua is also the best area in the country to experience and learn about Maori Culture.