City of Rotorua

Located on the North Island in the Bay of Plenty region, with a population of about 55,000 people and, Rotorua is considered a large city by New Zealand standards. It is located in an area of high volcanic activity on the shores of Lake Rotorua, for which it gets its name. The lake is located in the crater of a volcano, and its name comes from the Maori language and translates as “crater lake”.

It is a picturesque resort town founded in 1883. It was originally conceived as a recreation center, although Christian missionaries have lived in the area since 1830.

The main attraction is the lake itself, which is associated with a lot of Maori legends. The protected island of Mokoia almost in the center of the lake is an ancient Maori cultural site. The lake has geothermal activity – geysers give it a yellow-brown color because of the high sulfur content in the water.

Rotorua today is a typical New Zealand town, with its inherent architecture and, and all the attractions are outside the town. But there are a couple of places in Rotorua itself, such as the government gardens and the Tudor-era Rotorua Museum of Art and History, which opened in 1908. The city has a network of hotels and vacation homes.