Rotorua is a city that sits on the edge of a large lake with the same name, in the Bay of Plenty, located on a volcanic plateau, which covers much of the Central North Island of New Zealand.
Lying squarely on the Pacific Rim of Fire, on an area that has been geologically exciting for millennia, the city is known for having one of the world’s most lively fields of geothermal activity, and features skyrocketing geysers, hot springs and boiling mud pools.
From the moment you enter the city, you know you’re in Rotorua because of the characteristic faint scent of sulphur that lingers in the air and gives the city a “rotten eggs” smell.
The hydrogen sulphide emissions and the clouds of steam escaping into the air are a constant reminder of the thermal activity of the city.
Considered to be one of New Zealand’s top adventure destinations, Rotorua has a host of attractions and activities to get the adrenalin flowing.
Skydiving, bungy jumping, luging, white water rafting and sledging, jet boating, four wheel driving, mountain biking in one of New Zealand’s best mountain bike trails and Zorbing, an inflatable globe in which you roll down a hill, are some of the thrills, leisure and sporting options.
If you prefer to take it ease or relax, try walking among the towering Redwoods, famous for its magnificent in the Californian Coastal, on the Whakarewarewa Forest just a few minutes drive from the city centre.
Relax in the waters of the hot springs, take a thermal mud bath, or chose from a selection of therapeutic spa and massage therapies.