Rotorua, New Zealand: Land of Spirit
Spirit lives in Rotorua, NZ
With its geothermal activity, 16 lakes, extinct volcanoes and numerous parks, it’s easy to see that Rotorua, New Zealand is indeed a Land of Spirit.
You can sit in a natural mud pool, go mountain biking, see the sights by foot, public transit or plane, or fish for trophy trout. The natural beauty is awe inspiring.
Rotorua (pop. 70,000) is the heart of the Maori culture on the central north island, a three hour drive from Auckland. If you prefer to fly, Rotorua Airport is one of the busiest in New Zealand. Services are offered to various points on the mainland and are expanding to include other destinations in.
The weather here is terrific. Highest temperatures range from 21 to 29 degrees Celsius throughout the year.
Map of Rotorua, New Zealand
Discover Rotorua’s Spirit
The citizens of Rotorua proudly share their island’s spirit of nature and living culture with visitors.
It is a place of incredible beauty and geothermal wonders that are worth the visit alone. Sulphur-y steam rises from the ground, geysers erupt, mud pools boil and bubble. These sites, along with inactive volcanoes can be found mere minutes away from the city centre.
You can enjoy one of the spas in Rotorua. They use all the natural elements – mud and therapeutic waters of the earth.
If you prefer something to do that is more active, you can go biking, hiking, rafting, fishing, golfing or sightseeing. There are fun things suitable for all ages and families.
You say you're really up for adventure? Check out the mountain biking video below, see if that will satisfy your inner thrill seeker.
Mud Bath at Hells Gate
Watch Out for that Tree!
More Facts About Rotorua
- It is the home of the largest tertiary education institution in New Zealand outside of the University towns and cities. The school is called, Waiariki Institute of Technology.
- Rotorua gets, on average, more than 2100 hours of sunlight each year and averages a whopping 82.5% humidity, year round.
Did you know....
- That the Maori translation of Rotorua means The second great lake of Kahumatamomoe?
- That the permanent city population is approximately 56,100? When you include the outlying regions, the numbers are closer to 70,000
- That Pohutu Geyser is Rotorua's most noteable? See below for more information.
- That a number of Olympic and professional athletes, entertainers, writers, and actors are from Rotorua? You can read the list on Wikipedia.
Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve
The Pohutu Geyser is the main, most notable geyser among the 65 in the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley. It is not only the largest active geyser in New Zealand, but also in the southern hemisphere
Meaning "big splash" or "explosion", Pohutu erupts up to twenty times per day and can reach heights of up to 30 metres (100 feet).
Guided tours of Pohutu Geyser have been conducted since the 1800s.
After a long day of taking in the beauty and wonders of the area, you need a place to lay your head for the night.
It doesn’t matter what your preference or budget is, there are plenty of places to stay in Rotorua. Whether you’re on a backpacking adventure, want a cheap place for the night, or are looking for a luxury hotel, you’ll find it here. There is something for every taste.
There is a general Rotorua accommodation site, which may be helpful to you. Gorgeous photography aside, this is where you can check out hotels, resorts, bed and breakfasts, luxury accommodations, campgrounds, motels, hostels, apartments and holiday homes. You can also read up on things to do, places to eat, etc.
Would You Travel to Rotorua?
The sheer beauty and adventure of this locale has me putting it on my bucket list. When given the chance, I won't even think twice about it. I really want to see the forests, parks and geo-thermal areas. I also want to sit in that warm mud, see if it improves my already stunning good looks. :-)
Meantime, I will have to settle for being an armchair traveller.
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