2010-10-25 18:35


Getting there
The city is a leisurely three-hour drive from Auckland (234km), and a 5-6-hour drive from Wellington (457km). Rotorua Airport is one of the busiest domestic terminals in the country, offering services to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown.

Located just a five-minute drive from the city centre, the Rotorua International Stadium is easily accessible by car, or by public bus.

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Liam Messam, All Black 2009 - present
Tom Donnelly, All Black 2009 - present

Rotorua 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 Rotorua district has a multi-cultural population of approximately 70,000 people; some 35% are Maori. Rotorua city is located on the southern shore of Lake Rotorua , while the district includes a number of rural and lakeside communities.

An international tourism icon, Rotorua is renowned as the heartland of Maori culture.

There are 16 lakes in the vicinity of Rotorua, many of which are fishable lakes packed with rainbow and brown trout. The lakes, all formed from the craters of extinct volcanoes, are a popular attraction for many water-based activities. From the moment visitors enter Rotorua they know they're somewhere quite different. Whether it's the sneaky threads of steam finding unlikely escape routes in parks, pathways and streets or the distinct scent of sulphur wafting through geothermal hot spots, Rotorua offers an impressive welcome.

Rotorua is famous for being an outdoor paradise – hiking, fishing, boating, tours around geothermal pools, extinct volcanoes, it's got the lot.

Rotorua is also home to botanical gardens and historic architecture. Known as a spa town and major tourist resort since the 1800s, many of its buildings hint at this history. Government Gardens, close to the lakeshore at the eastern end of the town, are a particular point of pride.

Another of Rotorua's attractions is mountain biking. Whakarewarewa Forest has been described as 'the Disneyland of mountain biking' and has some of the best mountain bike trails in New Zealand.

Fishing, waterskiing, swimming and other water activities are popularin summer. The lakes are also great event venues; Rotorua hosted the 2007 World Waterski Championships and Lake Rotorua was the venue for the World Blind Sailing Championships in March 2009.

Rotorua's mountain biking scene also hosted the UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships in August 2006.

Paddle steamer on Lake Rotorua. (Tourist board)


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