They call this place "Rotovegas" as a tongue-in-cheek riff on Vegas, but in a sense it is true for all of the outdoor and thrill=seeking sports that they offer in this town. From Bungy to Zorb, or taking a luge down a hill, there are activities to keep you busy for days. Besides these activities, there are also many natural wonders to enjoy when you traverse the Geothermal Valley, or take a trip a few miles away to go and see the lovely movie set at Hobbiton. All in all, Rotorua is surely a place you do not want to miss when you are traveling around on the North Island.
Very outdoorsy kind of place. Everywhere smells of sulfur but one will get used to it after a while. Maby tours and sports available.
Geysers, bubbling mud pools, kiwi fruit orchards, sheep, lots of greenery, a cableway overlooking Lake Rotorua, wildlife parks and Maori cultural opportunities are some of the features of this area.
Rotorua is the centre for Maori culture in New Zealand. If you're looking to immerse yourself into the depths of this fascinating culture a stop in Rotorua is the best place to start. While you're there don't forget to check out the thermal wonders and go for a mountain bike ride - both are top notch.