About Rotorua

Rotorua (from Māori: Te Rotorua-nui-a-Kahumatamomoe, "The second great lake of Kahumatamomoe") is a city on the southern shores of the lake of the same name, in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island of New Zealand. The city is the seat of the Rotorua District, a territorial authority encompassing the city and several other nearby towns. Rotorua City has an estimated permanent population of 55,600, with the Rotorua District having a total estimated population of 68,000. The city is 60 kilometres (37 mi) south of Tauranga, 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of Taupo, 105 kilometres (65 mi) east of Hamilton, and 230 kilometres (140 mi) south-east of Auckland.

Rotorua is a major destination for both domestic and international tourists, with the tourism industry being by far the largest industry in the district. The city is known for its geothermal activity, with number of geysers and hot mud pools located in the city. This thermal activity owes to the Rotorua caldera on which the city lies. Rotorua is also known for its adventure-based tourism and cultural heritage.

Rotorua city is infamous for its "rotten eggs" smell, which is caused by the geothermal activity releasing hydrogen sulphide into the atmosphere. The high sulphur content in the air can irritate some people with respiratory problems, and causes accelerated corrosion of metals and higher costs of maintenance.

Rotorua has its own regional television channel, TV Rotorua.