The Rotorua district is located on the southern shore of Lake Rotorua in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island of New Zealand. The district is located 60km south of Tauranga, 105km south-east of Hamilton and 82km north-east of Taupo.
Explore and discover Rotorua’s fascinating mix of Maori history, tradition and culture combined with its unique geographical features. Surrounded by the unmistakable smell of bubbling sulphuric geysers and mud pools, Rotorua is the geothermal experience of a lifetime.
Rotorua is one of the country's oldest spa resorts, being the centre of geothermal activity, and is fast becoming known as 'Nature's Spa of the South Pacific'. After a day's sightseeing or strenuous activity, visitors can relax with a soak in the healing waters of the geothermal hot springs, or totally unwind by choosing from a range of therapeutic spa and massage therapies.
Rotorua is also the ultimate destination for the extreme adventurer. Adrenaline pumping activities range from rap jumping down the face of a mountain, Zorbing - where you are strapped inside an enormous air-cushioned ball as you bounce down a hill. Those with the need for speed can screech downhill on the Rotorua Luge. You can even tandem skydive at Rotorua Airport or challenge the rushing rapids of the Kaituna River.
The city centre is convenient and easily accessible. With attractive cobble stone paved streets, Rotorua provides an abundance of shops to cater for all. Rotorua specialises in a wide range of cuisine. Varieties include inexpensive bar meals and snacks, ethnic cuisine, popular takeaway outlets, fine restaurant dining and the traditional Maori feast (hangi), which provides a delightful mouth watering sensation.
The traditional Maori hangi combines a great tasting mixture of kumara (sweet potato), lamb, chicken, wild game, pork, beef and potato. The preparation process involves the digging of a large hole, lined with hot stones and covered in vegetation. The food is placed on top before the underground oven is sealed with remaining vegetation and fresh earth. The hot stones aid in the generation of heat and steam to complete the cooking process resulting in a unique smoky earthy flavour.
You are in the spiritual heartland of the Maori people so to add a rich dimension to your Rotorua visit, be sure to catch a Maori cultural performance, where stories and legends are portrayed through a beautiful series of song, haka, and dance. Rotorua is truly fascinating.
Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park is the ideal Rotorua accommodation, located only minutes from the city centre, but our secluded surroudings makes it feel like you're a million miles away.