ROTORUA & THE LAKES: THE MAORI CULTURAL TOURIST CENTRE OF NEW ZEALAND - A MUST SEE SIGHT
Rotorua is a small city in the Bay of Plenty, set on its namesake lake, and known for its geothermic activity. Within the region there are also 7 beautiful lakes, including the magnificent Lake Tarawera, as well as a wealth of fantastic natural scenery. Its also the Maori (New Zealand's indigenous peoples) cultural capital of New Zealand, with significant tourism options concentrated here.
Excerpt from the blog: Rotorua is a really fun place. It has a quirky down-to-earth culture, and the people are generally lovely. Because of its geysers, hot pools, many volcanic sights, as well as gorgeous scenery, it is very much a tourist centre..... As you enter Rotorua, you will generally be greeted by a strong sulphur smell, much like rotten eggs - to kiwi's, Rotorua is often nick named "Rotten-Rua". Its other nick-name, "Roto-vegas", references the large strip of motels and hotels down its main drag...