(Pop: 55,600) (from Māori: Te
"The second great lake of Kahumatamomoe") is a city on the southern
shores of the lake of the same name, in the Bay of Plenty region of the
North Island of New Zealand.
The city is in the heart of the North Island, just 60 kilometres (37 mi)
Tauranga, 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of
Taupo, 105 kilometres (65 mi) east of
Hamilton, and 230 kilometres (140 mi)
Rotorua is a major
destination for both domestic and international tourists, with the tourism
industry being by far the largest industry in the district. The city is
known for its geothermal activity, with a number of geysers, notably the
Pohutu Geyser at Whakarewarewa, and hot mud pools located in the city. This
thermal activity owes itself to the Rotorua caldera on which the city lies.
Rotorua is also a top adventure destination and is New Zealand's Maori
Rotorua welcomes you, with true warmth. It's
offering you the very best Rotorua can give, of the people, the history, the
land. It's about looking after you, and its something Rotorua takes great
Te Arawa people were New Zealand's first hosts, guiding visitors safely
across the waters of Lake Tarawera to the splendid Pink and White Terraces.
descendants are the Maori you meet today. Rotorua is like no other place,
its spirit expressed by its stunning landscape. Its raw beauty has enchanted
visitors from around the world for more than 160 years. Stand upon active
volcanoes, peer into massive craters - see boiling mud, exploding geysers
and enjoy unspoiled native forests that cloak the land. And throughout this
vista are 14 crystal lakes, brimming with trout and awaiting your tender
Rotorua is a vibrant, modern city with so many attractions and activities,
your most difficult task will be to decide how much you can cram into the
time you have.
very compact - there's no traffic congestion, and you can easily get around
town on foot.
Rotorua is served by inter-regional and long distance
bus, coach and scenic coach services operating daily
schedules to and from Rotorua to other North Island destinations and
combined bus and ferry travel from Rotorua to Blenheim, Nelson, Kaikoura and
There are combined ferry and bus services from
Rotorua to Blenheim,
Rotorua to Christchurch,
Rotorua to Kaikoura and
Rotorua to Nelson.
Rotorua is serviced by Air New Zealand Link
domestic services from Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch and
There are no passenger train or rail services from Rotorua to Auckland, Tauranga,
Gisborne, Napier/Hastings, Taupo, New Plymouth, Whanganui, Palmerston North