Rotorua is a smallish city on the shores of Lake Rotorua. The
surrounding areas are a geothermal wonderland, with
geysers, boiling mud pools, and steaming craters - accompanied by
the pervasive smell of sulphur. Rotorua is also a showcase
of Maori cultural activities, a centre of tourism and a place of
extraordinary natural beauty.
It is surrounded by volcanoes, lakes, parks and recreational areas,
and is a great place to go hiking or to view native birds and animals;
you never know, if you're very lucky, you might even see a
Rotorua is one of the major tourist attractions in the North Island, but
despite this, manages to retain some of the charming characteristics
of a country town. Their small museum is of particular note in this respect.