Sitting within the Pacific Rim of Fire, Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland with bubbling mud pools, clouds of steam, and natural hot springs for bathing and relaxing.
The Rotorua urban area covers 48.04km2 and in the 1880s a “special town district” was created to promote Rotorua’s potential as a spa destination known for its special mud qualities.
Rotorua is one of only a few New Zealand cities built next to a lake. Not just one lake but 18 and three major rivers, all mainly formed as a result of volcanic eruption. Each lake has its own beauty and favourite local hang-out spots to take in the surrounding hills, volcanoes and forests.