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Rotorua in New Zealand
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Country: New Zealand
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Rotorua is the city on banks of sky-blue Rotorua Lake, in the Bay of Plenty region on the North Island of New Zealand. Rotorua is one of New Zealand most popular tourist destinations famous for its geothermal activity. Geysers, hot mud pools and steaming craters are found everywhere even in the streets of the city. In spite of crowds of tourists from all over the world, Rotorua still has its attraction and charms of a small town. Rotorua has a nickname Sulphur City, because of release of hydrogen sulfide into the air through cracks and crevices giving the city the smell of rotten eggs. There are 17 beautiful lakes in the region with breathtaking views and lavish landscapes. Rotorua is the center of Maori culture and the spirit and heritage of local Maori enriches the region. Ngati Whakaue, the name of the local tribe, arrived in Aoteroa New Zealand, aboard the waka (canoe).Maori people are often called Te Arawa, by the name of the canoe that brought Tamatekapua, the leader of the tribe, and his people to the banks of Lake Rotorua.
What Makes It Special
Rotorua is one of the world's most spectacular geothermal wonderlands. It is difficult to find other city where you can see in the streets seethes from cracks, hot pools in the backyards of the houses, bursts from geysers throughout the area, and bubbles from cauldron-like mud pools. Multicolored, moss and salt structures painted by nature from rust to ochre, silicate and mineral formations add its beauty to the landscape created by volcanic activity for thousands of years, terraces, valleys and lakes are beyond beauty, they are nature's own art form. You can find five main geothermal areas around Rotorua. There are a variety of geysers, hot springs, boiling mud pools and craters there. You can visit Orakei Korako, the Hidden Valley, which is said to be one of the best thermal areas in New Zealand and in the world.
Useful Visitor Information and Tips
Spa town and major tourist resort since the 1800s, Rotorua geothermal muds and waters are known for impairing the strength and vitality and having healing power. In "Hells Gate", Rotorua's most active thermal park, you can find Wai Ora Spa Facility where visitors can undergo the treatment using unique geothermal mud and sulphuric waters. You can drive to Rotorua ( three-hour drive, Rotorua is served by State Highways 5, 30, and 30A, and the Thermal Explorer Highway touring route) or you can use a plain. Rotorua International Airport is located 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) northeast of the city center, off State Highway 30.
Fishing, water-skiing, swimming and other water activities are popular in summer. Mountain biking is another of Rotorua's activities and attractions. Whakarewarewa Forest is considered to have one of the best mountain bike trails in New Zealand.