Discover the natural beauty of Rotorua
Rotorua is a spa resort famed for its fascinating and healing geothermal activity. Situated on New Zealand's North Island, Rotorua stands on the banks of Lake Rotorua. Many people come from around the world to view the impressive geysers and hot mud pools in the region.
The area of Rotorua was originally inhabited by Te Arawa Maoris. In fact Rotorua's full Maori name is Te Rotorua-nui-a-Kahumatomomoe. Rotorua Lake featured much in the 1860s New Zealand Wars. However, during the 1880s, Rotorua was advocated as a spa. Rotorua municipality was created in 1922.
For many years Rotorua has been a popular tourist destination and spa resort. A fantastic spa establishment is located behind the Tudor Towers. Here you can relax in one of the 3 Polynesian Pools each supplied by different thermal springs. Beside the geothermal wonders of Rotorua there are many other attractions including historical buildings and botanical gardens. The Government Gardens are an essential on your itinerary. On entering the Government Gardens you will soon spot the Bathhouse of Rotorua. The Bathhouse has now been turned into the Rotorua Museum of Art and History. "Rotorua Stories" is a movie which tells the tale of Rotorua, the eruption of Mount Tarawera and the past of the Arawa people; it can be viewed in the museum.
Alongside the Government Gardens is Ohinemutu, a Maori village. In the village you can observe a bust of Queen Victoria dating back to 1870. As you amble through the village steam wafts up from the ground, giving it a somewhat mysterious feel. St Faith's Church, located here, abounds in stunning Maori carvings and woven fabrics.
Te Wairoa, not far from the city, is an ancient Maori village that was buried during a large volcanic eruption. You will also find the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute interesting. Tour the gallery and then watch as the craftsmen create fine pieces of work. A popular activity in Rotorua is mountain biking through the magnificent Whakarewarewa Forest.
There is a great selection of accommodation such as guest houses and hotels in Rotorua. Rotorua's hotels provide brilliant service and top-class facilities. Many people travel from Auckland to Rotorua for several days. You may wish to consider car hire in Rotorua so as to travel to nearby villages and attractions. Find out about car hire in Rotorua online.
New Zealand's Rotorua is a city of fascination, rich historical background and strong cultural heritage combined with the truly relaxing feel of a spa resort.