Rotorua is a city on the southern shores of the lake of the same name, in the Bay of Plenty area of the North Island of New Zealand. The city is the seat of the Rotorua District, a territorial authority encompassing the city and several other nearby towns. The majority of the Rotorua District, including the city, is in the Bay of Plenty local government region; a sizable southern section and a small western section are in the Waikato local government region. Rotorua city has an estimated permanent population of 56,100; the Rotorua District has a total estimated population of 68,700, of which 3,600 live in the Waikato section. The city is in the heart of the North Island, just 60 kilometers (37 mi) south of Tauranga, 80 kilometers (50 mi) north of Taupo, 105 kilometers (65 mi) east of Hamilton, and 230 kilometers (140 mi) southeast of the nation's most populous city, Auckland.
Rotorua is a major destination for both domestic and international tourists; the tourism industry is by far the largest industry in the district. The city is known for its geothermal activity, and features geysers – notably the Pohutu Geyser at Whakarewarewa – and hot mud pools. This thermal activity is sourced to the Rotorua caldera, on which the city lies. Rotorua is home to the Waiariki Institute of Technology.
MUST DO @ Rotorua
In Rotorua you can enjoy Maori cultural performances, taste traditional foods, and witness the geothermal wonders that first attracted people to this area.The spirit of Manaakitanga (hospitality) is alive and well in the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Places like Te Puia and Tamaki Maori Village offer cultural experiences which combine dramatic performances – singing, dancing and haka (war dances) – with delicious Maori food.
At Whakarewarewa you can see how early Maori used the geothermal waters of this area to cook, bathe and do washing. Enjoy the interactive Rotorua Museum, or visit Ohinemutu Village
Rotorua is a fascinating thermal wonderland, home to boiling mud pools, geysers, hot springs and colourful crater lakes.
Sitting squarely on the Pacific Rim of Fire, Rotorua has one of the world’s most active fields of geothermal activity. Visit bubbling orange hot pools, marvel at geysers erupting 30m into the air, and take a scenic flight to New Zealand’s only active marine volcano, White Island. Once you finish sightseeing, soak tired bodies in geothermal mud baths and natural hot springs.
Rotorua is a well-known mountain bike heaven. Just minutes from the city centre is a spectacular forest playground home to an extensive network of tracks. Towering Redwoods line the road leading to the Whakarewarewa Forest, guarding trails that weave through native and exotic trees. Riders can catch glimpses of Rotorua’s beautiful lakes, geothermal activity and brooding Mt Tarawera through the trees. Enthusiasts can easily fill an hour, a day, a weekend or longer with gentle or action-packed adventure. Entry to the forest is free.