In keeping with my awesome series of dream destinations – today we look at – Rotorua (from Māori: Te Rotorua-nui-a-Kahumatamomoe, “The second great lake of Kahumatamomoe”) is a city in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island of New Zealand. Just look at the fabulous colours of the water and the thermal muds in the thermal pools!
The official Rotorua website says: “Nestled beside the cerulean blue Lake Rotorua, the township of Rotorua is home to one of the most unique tourism sites in the world. Aside from the breathtaking scenery of this volcanic-shaped wonderland, the 16 beautiful lakes in the region and the lush green of the abundant native flora, Rotorua is a geothermal paradise and the cultural heartland. Journey to the heartland of Maori culture, to the center of New Zealand’s spectacular geothermal wonderland and discover the spirits of Rotorua.”
Rotorua is a major destination for both domestic and international tourists; the tourism industry is by far the largest industry in the district. The city is known for its geothermal activity, and features geysers – notably the Pohutu Geyser at Whakarewarewa – and hot mud pools.
Next stop – heading straight here: