Rotorua is a city on the southern shores of Lake Rotorua, from which the city takes its name. It is located along the Bay of Plenty Region of New Zealand’s North Island. The tourism industry is by far the largest industry in the district, Rotorua has been a major tourist resort since the 1800s. The town is known for its geothermal activity features of geysers and hot mud pools. The New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute is located in the Rotorua region of New Zealand. The school was established due to the impending threat of the loss of traditional Makaori arts. The location of a school at Whakarewarewa enabled easy access to the lucrative tourist market.
Rotorua is surrounded by mountains, rivers, native forests and 18 fresh water lakes. Enjoy a simple soak in a natural hot stream or indulge in a wellness getaway at a luxurious spa. From crystal-clear streams and magical forests, to epic biking trails and thermal mud pools, the city offers a raft of attractions and experiences for everyone from adventure-seekers to those just looking to unwind. The waters surrounding White Island in the Bay of Plenty are popular with both sportfishing and commercial anglers plying the waters in search of popular catches such as snapper and yellowtail. Visitors flock to the bay in the hope of spotting dolphins as well as humpback, blue and pilot whales. Whale Island, near White Island, is one of the highlights for many sightseeing whale-watching excursions, keep an eye out for dolphins and seals, too.
Māori Fortress of Te Puia
Whakarewarewa, a recreated Maori village is located near Rotorua, located in the geothermal region of Taupo Volcanic Zone of New Zealand. In Māori myths and legends it is said that when Te Hoata and Te Pupu Goddesses of Fire travelled from Hawaiki in the form of fire to relieve their brother’s chills, they created New Zealand’s volcanoes, mud pools, geysers and hot springs. This was the site of the Māori fortress of Te Puia, first occupied around 1325, and known as an impenetrable stronghold never taken in battle. A geothermal hotspot with hundreds of alkaline chloride hot springs, and at least sixty five geyser vents, each with their own name. The Rotorua Thermal Field covers a surface area of over four and half square miles, but extends much further underground. This field is responsible for all of the billowing steam, ‘interesting’ odours, and colourful water that you will experience during your stay in the region. The most noted geyser of the region is the Pōhutu Geyser, which is the largest in New Zealand and the Southern Hemisphere.