One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Rotorua is surrounded by as many as 16 lakes. What it is renowned for, however, are the mud pools, geysers and the smoke snaking out of its ground. The city is based on top of an active volcanic zone and is enveloped in a weak Sulphur smell. Nick named the Sulphur City, Rotorua is a heaven for vacationer possessing just about every type of activity a tourist could ask for.
There are entire parks and tours dedicated to adventure sports offering unique experiences like racing in a monorail or flying in a hovercraft. If that is not enough, Rotorua has parasailing, white water rafting, kayaking, mountain biking and dozens of trails for exploring.
For the historian in you, the city has plenty to offer, with various Maori villages, walks, heritage buildings like the Blue Baths and of course the enigmatic Buried Village of Tei Wairoa. Numerous museums and art galleries with intriguing and quality displays make this city a virtual tourist magnet and the Rotorua travel guides give an amazing insight into their culture and history.
Spas, mud pools and geothermal parks abound. Rich in volcanic ashes and minerals a day at the natural hot water springs is a feast for your mind and body. You can also relax in the mud baths as the mud cleans up all the built-up toxins from your skin and replenishes it.
The Redwood Forest being a short distance away, you can also participate in an eco-tour in Rotorua and explore the local wildlife. Or, go on a cruise on one of the many lakes surrounding Rotorua and stroll through the lovely and peaceful country side.
A number of award winning restaurants stand tall on its street, along with bars and cafés serving various cuisines and budgets. Another enjoyable quality of Rotorua are its people outgoing yet having the charm and warmth of a small town, they are a pleasure to be around.