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Rotorua LakesRotorua (Pop: 55,600) (from Māori: Te Rotorua-nui-a-Kahumatamomoe, "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) south of Tauranga, 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of Taupo, 105 kilometres (65 mi) east of Hamilton, and 230 kilometres (140 mi) southeast of Auckland.

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 cultural heartland.

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 pride in.

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. 

A Geyser in actionTheir 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 hook.

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.

 It's 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 Christchurch.

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 Queenstown.

There are no passenger train or rail services from Rotorua to Auckland, Tauranga, Gisborne, Napier/Hastings, Taupo, New Plymouth, Whanganui, Palmerston North or Wellington.