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Rotorua is a region of fascinating geothermal activity where the seething power of inner earth comes to the surface. Explore the geothermal attractions and discover the rich cultural past.

Rotorua Overview

Rotorua, New Zealand
Rotorua, New Zealand

The Rotorua district is located on the southern shore of Lake Rotorua in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island of New Zealand. It has a population of approximately 53,000 and about half are Maori.

The district is located 60 kilometres south of Tauranga, 105 kilometres south-east of Hamilton and 82 kilometres north-east of Taupo.

Rotorua is one of the original tourist destinations in New Zealand—it has been welcoming visitors for more than 200 years. From the moment people arrive in Rotorua they know they're somewhere quite different.

The scent of sulphur in the air is characteristic of Rotorua. At nearby geothermal hotspots, there are spouting geysers, boiling mud pools and warm geothermal springs. Silica terraces are naturally decorated with a kaleidoscope of colours.

Rotorua is the heartland of New Zealand Maori culture, and visitors have the opportunity to experience the warm spirit of Te Maori.

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Rotorua Culture

Image Source: Tourism New Zealand (newzealand.com). Kapa Haka, Rotorua, New Zealand
Kapa Haka, Rotorua
Photographer: Nick Servian
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Although most of the Maori population live in the urban areas, there are about 35 marae (meeting grounds) in the Rotorua district. You may be lucky enough to stay as a guest on a marae—an unforgettable experience. Or you could catch a Maori cultural performance, where stories are relayed through beautiful song and dance.

You can also indulge in a traditional hangi feas—the food is cooked below the ground in earthen ovens.

Rotorua Highlights

The Rotorua region is also one of New Zealand's prime trout fishing spots—you're practically guaranteed a catch, especially if a local professional guide is hired. Many of the volcanic crater lakes are home to a plentiful stock of trophy-sized rainbow trout.

Image Source: Tourism New Zealand (newzealand.com). Artists Palette, Waiotapu, Rotorua, New Zealand
Artists Palette, Waiotapu
Rotorua
Photographer: Wai-o-tapu Thermal
Wonderland (www.geyserland.co.nz)

Rotorua is fast becoming known as "Nature's Spa of the South Pacific". After a hard day's sightseeing or strenuous activity, visitors can relax with a soak in the healing waters of the geothermal hot springs, or totally unwind by choosing from a selection of therapeutic spa and massage therapies.

Main Centres in Rotorua

  • Rotorua - the country's oldest resort and centre of geothermal activity
  • Ngongotaha - Rotorua's adventure village

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