Rotorua City Free Visitor Attractions
Rotorua is a city on the southern shores of Lake Rotorua in the heart of the North Island of New Zealand. The majority of the Rotorua District is in the Bay of Plenty Region, but a sizable southern section and a small western section are in the Waikato Region.
Rotorua has the nickname Sulphur City, because of the hydrogen sulphide emissions, which gives Rotorua a "rotten eggs" smell.
Kuirau Park is a great place to visit with it being one of the fun FREE things to do in Rotorua. Get up close and personal with naturally occurring geothermal activity. Visit the children’s playground, the footpools, the paddling pool, or use the picnic facilities (bbq) and wander in the gardens, you can also take walks through native manuka shrubs.
Just 10 minutes’ walk from downtown Rotorua is the Māori village of Ohinemutu. This place is home to the Ngāti Whakaue tribe, a sub-tribe of the Te Arawa waka (canoe) which journeyed from the Pacific homeland of Hawaiiki to New Zealand around 1350AD.
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