Rotorua is a city and a lake located in the Bay of Plenty in the North Island of New Zealand. It is best known for geothermal activity in the area, with a number of geysers and hot mud pools located in the city that owe their presence to the Rotorua caldera.
The city is located south of Tauranga, 105 km south-east of Hamilton and 82 km north-east of Taupo.
The lake in the town of Rotorua
The name Rotorua comes from the Maori_language. The full name is Rotorua-nui-a-Kahu. Roto means lake and rua meaning two. Literally translated Rotorua means second lake. It was named by the Maori chief Ihenga, as it was the second major lake that he discovered.
Botanical gardens and architecture in Rotorua.
Rotorua is home to not only geothermal interests, but botanical gardens and some interesting historical architecture.
Rotorua was prominently featured in a music video by The Beastie Boys for their song Gratitude.
Famous sons and daughters
- Rotorua Photos (http://www.virtualoceania.net/newzealand/photos/cities/rotorua/)
- Three dozen profiles of relevant websites (http://zeal.com/category/preview.jhtml?cid=10118940)
- Tourist information, etc (http://www.rotoruanz.com/)
- Rotorua Pictures (http://faemalia.net/NewZealandPix/NewZealandHoliday/NorthIsland/08-Rotorua-Day-2/buildImageTree-WebPix/00-PictureIndex.html)