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A hotel in Rotorua is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Rotorua hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Rotorua are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Rotorua hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Rotorua hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Rotorua have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

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An upscale full service hotel facility in Rotorua that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Rotorua hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

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Boutique hotels of Rotorua are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Rotorua boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Rotorua may be classified as luxury hotels.

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Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Rotorua travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Rotorua focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

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A bed and breakfast in Rotorua is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Rotorua bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Rotorua B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Rotorua
Rotorua hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Rotorua hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

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Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Rotorua hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Rotorua lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Rotorua
Rotorua timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Rotorua often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Rotorua on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

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A Rotorua motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Rotorua for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Rotorua motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Te Rotorua-nui-a-Kahumatamomoe (Māori)
Main urban area
Skyline of Rotorua
Nickname(s): Sulphur City, Roto-Vegas
Rotorua is located in New Zealand
Coordinates:  / -38.13778; 176.25139  / -38.13778; 176.25139
Country New Zealand
Region Bay of Plenty
Territorial authority Rotorua District
Settled pre-European
Founded 1883
Borough status 1922
City status 1962
City status revoked 1989
Electorate Rotorua
• Mayor Steve Chadwick
• Deputy Mayor Dave Donaldson
• Territorial 2,614.9 km (1,009.6 sq mi)
• Urban 89.28 km (34.47 sq mi)
Elevation 280 m (920 ft)
Population (June 2016)
• Territorial 70,500
• Density 27/km (70/sq mi)
• Urban 57,800
• Urban density 650/km (1,700/sq mi)
Time zone NZST (UTC+12)
• Summer (DST) NZDT (UTC+13)
Postcode(s) 3010, 3015
Area code(s) 07
Local iwi Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Ranginui

Rotorua (/ˌrtəˈrə, -t-/, 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 New Zealand's North Island. It is the seat of the Rotorua District, a territorial authority encompassing Rotorua and several other nearby towns. The majority of the Rotorua District is in the Bay of Plenty Region, but a sizeable southern section and a small western section are in the Waikato Region. Rotorua is in the heart of the North Island, 60 kilometres (37 miles) south of Tauranga, 80 km (50 mi) north of Taupo, 105 km (65 mi) east of Hamilton, and 230 km (140 mi) southeast of the nation's most populous city, Auckland.

Rotorua has an estimated permanent population of 57,800, making it the country's 10th largest urban area, and the Bay of Plenty's second largest urban area behind Tauranga. The Rotorua District has a total estimated population of 70,500, of which 3,600 live in the Waikato section.

Rotorua is a major destination for both domestic and international tourists; the tourism industry is by far the largest industry in the district. It is known for its geothermal activity, and features geysers – notably the Pohutu Geyser at Whakarewarewa – and hot mud pools. This thermal activity is sourced to the Rotorua caldera, on which the town lies. Rotorua is home to the Waiariki Institute of Technology.

The Lakes of Rotorua are a collection of many lakes surrounding Rotorua.

Rotorua: History

The name Rotorua comes from Māori, the full name being Te Rotorua-nui-a-Kahumatamomoe; roto means lake and rua two – Rotorua thus meaning 'Second lake'. Kahumatamomoe was the uncle of the Māori chief Ihenga, the ancestral explorer of the Te Arawa. It was the second major lake the chief discovered, and he dedicated it to his uncle. It is the largest of a multitude found to the northeast, all connected with the Rotorua Caldera and nearby Mount Tarawera. The name can also mean the equally appropriate 'crater lake'.

The area was initially settled by Māori of the Te Arawa iwi. The first European in the area was probably Phillip Tapsell who was trading from the Bay of Plenty coast at Maketu from 1828. He later married into Te Arawa and became highly regarded by them. Missionaries Henry Williams and Thomas Chapman visited in 1831 and Chapman and his wife established a mission at Te Koutu in 1835. This was abandoned within a year but Chapman returned in 1838 and established a second mission at Mokoia Island.

The lakeshore was a prominent site of skirmishes during the New Zealand Wars of the 1860s. A "special town district" was created in the 1883, to promote Rotorua's potential as a spa destination. The town was connected to Auckland with the opening of the Rotorua Branch railway and commencement of the Rotorua Express train in 1894, resulting in the rapid growth of the town and tourism from this time forward. Rotorua was established as a borough in 1922, elected its first mayor in 1923, and declared a city in 1962 before becoming a District in 1979.

The Rotorua Museum of Art and History
Pictured as a bath house in the early 20th century
Hot springs present in much of Rotorua
Māori meeting house in Rotorua, January 2001
A panoramic view of Rotorua taken at the top of Mt Ngongotaha, December 2015

Rotorua: Geography

Rotorua: Climate

The area of Rotorua has a relatively high altitude, measuring up to 290m or 950 ft. The Rotorua region enjoys a mild temperate climate. Rotorua is situated inland from the coast and is sheltered by high country to the south and east of the city, resulting in less wind than many other places in New Zealand. During the winter months June – August temperatures can drop well below 0 °C and in recent years Rotorua witnessed snow fall in 2011, the first time in over 50 years.

Climate data for Rotorua (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 22.8
Daily mean °C (°F) 17.7
Average low °C (°F) 12.6
Average precipitation mm (inches) 92.7
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 8.2 7.4 8.5 8.2 9.5 11.2 11.0 11.6 11.3 10.9 9.4 10.0 117.0
Average relative humidity (%) 78.8 81.4 81.5 83.4 87.1 87.5 87.3 85.9 81.6 79.7 77.2 78.9 82.5
Mean monthly sunshine hours 242.9 205.9 199.7 170.5 145.1 119.1 130.7 152.1 155.1 190.8 200.1 215.8 2,127.8
Source: NIWA Climate Data

Rotorua: Suburbs

Fenton Park, Glenholme, Ohinemutu, Owhata, Mangakakahi, Western Heights, Westbrook, Fordlands, Springfield, Tihi-Ōtonga, Lynmore, Victoria, Pukehangi, Kawaha Point, Ngongotaha, Hamurana, Tikitere, Tarawera, Okareka, Koutu, Hillcrest, Utuhina, Whakarewarewa, Ngapuna, Holdens Bay, Hannahs Bay, Horohoro.

Rotorua: Geothermal areas

Mud pool, Tikitere ("Hell's Gate"), Rotorua.
The Prince of Wales Feathers thermal spring erupting

Thermal activity is at the heart of much of Rotorua's tourist appeal. Geysers and bubbling mud pools, hot thermal springs and the Buried Village (Te Wairoa) - so named after it was buried by the 1886 Mount Tarawera eruption- are within easy reach of Rotorua.

In Kuirau Park, to the west end of Rotorua, hot bubbling mud pools dot the park. Visitors can soak their feet in hot pools.

Rotorua has the nickname Sulphur City, because of the hydrogen sulphide emissions, which gives Rotorua a "rotten eggs" smell, as well as rotten-rua combining its legitimate name and the rotten smell prevalent.

The especially pungent smell in the central-east 'Te Ngae' area is due to the dense sulphur deposits located next to the southern boundary of the Government Gardens, in the area known as 'Sulphur Point'.

Rotorua: Lakes

The Rotorua region has 17 lakes, known collectively as the Lakes of Rotorua. Fishing, waterskiing, swimming and other water activities are popular in summer. The lakes are also used for event venues; Rotorua hosted the 2007 World Waterski Championships and Lake Rotorua was the venue for the World Blind Sailing Championships in March 2009. Lake Rotorua is also used as a departure and landing point for float planes.

Rotorua: Other activities

Rotorua is also home to botanical gardens and historic architecture. Known as a spa town and major tourist resort since the 1800s, many of its buildings hint at this history. Government Gardens, close to the lakeshore at the eastern edge of the town, are a particular point of pride. The Rotorua Museum of Art and History is housed in the large Tudor-style bath house building while the Art Deco style Blue Baths, noted for their embrace of mixed sex bathing in the 1930s, remain open today.

Another of Rotorua's attractions is mountain biking. Whakarewarewa Forest was listed as one of the Top 8 locations globally by Red Bull Magazine in 2012. The forest includes over 100 km of mountain bike trails and in August 2006 was a host of the UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships. In 2015 Rotorua hosted the Southern Hemisphere leg of the Crankworx mountain bike event.

The Rotorua Pistol club is among the largest in the Southern Hemisphere and hosted the 2013 Australasian IPSC Handgun Championship.

The Kaituna River, 15 minutes drive north east of the CBD provides class 5 whitewater kayaking and rafting through a spectacular tree lined gorge.

The region is home to 16 lakes. These are popular for recreation such as boating and fishing. Several of the lakes are stocked for sports fishing with trout from the Fish and Game New Zealand hatchery at Ngongotaha.

Rotorua: Demographics

As of the 2013 New Zealand Census, the population of Rotorua is 65,280, making it the 12th most populous of the 67 districts of New Zealand. 37.5% of the population are Maori, compared to 14.9% in New Zealand as a whole. 67.5% are of European descent, 5.1% Pacific Islander and 6.3% Asian. After English, the next most common language is Te Reo Māori, spoken by 11.6% of the population. The median age of the population is 37.3 years, with 13.8% of the population being over 65.

Rotorua: Government

Steve Chadwick, Mayor of Rotorua.

In October 2013, Steve Chadwick was elected Mayor of Rotorua and was re-elected in the 2016 mayoral election. She previously served as the Member of Parliament for Rotorua between 1999 and 2008, and served as a Cabinet Minister in the Fifth Labour Government.

Rotorua: Media

Rotorua has several media organisations, including the Rotorua Daily Post, More FM Rotorua and The Hits Rotorua.

Rotorua: Transport

Rotorua: Road

Rotorua is served by state highways 5, 30, and 30A, and the Thermal Explorer Highway touring route, with state highways 33 and 36 terminating on the outskirts of the town.

State Highway 5, running concurrently with the Thermal Explorer Highway, is the main north-south route through Rotorua, bypassing the town centre to the west. North of the town at Ngongotaha, State Highway 36 splits off to provide a route to Tauranga via Pyes Pa, while State Highway 5 turns westward, connecting to State Highway 1 at Tirau and providing the main route into Rotorua from Hamilton and Auckland. To the south, State Highway 5 provides the main route from Taupo, Hawke's Bay, Manawatu, and Wellington.

State Highway 30 runs southwest to northeast through the town. It enters the town in the southwest (running concurrently with SH 5), before crossing the southern suburbs to the shore of Lake Rotorua east of the town centre. It then runs through the suburb of Te Ngae, before splitting off SH 33 to continue eastwards.

State Highway 30A runs northwest to southeast, connecting State Highways 5 and 30 with each other via the town centre.

Rotorua: Bus (public transport)

Rotatua has a 12 part bus public transport, and Buses between local cities branded as NakedBus and other names

Rotorua: Air

Rotorua Regional Airport is located 9 km (6 mi) northeast of the city centre, off State Highway 30. Air New Zealand provides daily turbo-prop flights between Rotorua and Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch airports. Previously Qantas also operated Boeing 737 aircraft from Christchurch, but upon their departure from domestic flights in New Zealand this was discontinued.

Scenic and chartered flights in both helicopters and float planes are operated by Volcanic Air who are based on Rotorua's lake front.

From 2009 to 2015 there was also an international link, with direct Sydney to Rotorua flights.

Rotorua: Rail

Rotorua is connected to the rail network by the Rotorua Branch line from Putaruru. Up until 2001, passenger trains ran from Auckland to Rotorua via Hamilton daily using Silver Fern railcars, terminating north of the town centre at Koutu (the original station on Amohau Street was closed and relocated to Koutu in 1989). However, owing to poor advertising of the service and the location of the station being a 15-minute walk from the town centre in an industrial area, passenger services stopped in October 2001. Freight services on the line declined over the decades up until the nightly freight service stopped in 2000, largely due to a continual move of freight and passengers onto road transport using ever-improving highways in the region. The line is currently disused.

Rotorua: Education

See also: List of schools in the Bay of Plenty Region § Rotorua District

Rotorua: Tertiary

Rotorua is home to the main campus of Waiariki Institute of Technology, which provides a range of Certificate, Diploma and a limited number of degree-level programmes. The largest programmes on offer are nursing, forestry, business, computing, tourism and hospitality. Waiariki Institute of Technology is the largest tertiary education institution in New Zealand outside of the University towns and cities.

Rotorua: Secondary

Rotorua has five secondary schools:

  • John Paul College, a co-educational, state-integrated Catholic school for Years 7–13 with about 1100 students
  • Rotorua Boys' High School, a state boys school for Years 9–13 with about 850 students
  • Rotorua Girls' High School, a state girls school for Years 9–13 with about 550 students
  • Rotorua Lakes High School serving the eastern suburbs. A co-educational state school for Years 9–13 with about 650 students
  • Western Heights High School serving the western suburbs. A co-educational state school for Years 9–13 with about 1500 students

Chapman College is a Christian school (similar to Tauranga's Bethlehem College) which currently offers primary (years 0–6), intermediate (years 7–8) as well as secondary education up to Year 10 but intends to move into full secondary education in the future.

Rotorua: Kura Kaupapa Māori (Māori language immersion schools)

Rotorua has three Kura Kaupapa Māori:

  • Te Kura Kaupapa Māori O Te Koutu years 0–13 with about 220 students.
  • Te Kura Kaupapa Māori O Ruamata years 0–13 with about 180 students
  • Te Kura Kaupapa Māori O Hurungaterangi years 0–8 with about 80 students

Rotorua: Notable people

See also Category:People from Rotorua

  • Valerie Adams, Olympic shot putter
  • Steven Adams, Basketball player (Oklahoma City Thunder)
  • Michael Barker, Drummer
  • Jean Batten, Aviator
  • Sam Bewley, Olympic cyclist
  • Manu Bennett, actor
  • Trent Boult, New Zealand Cricketer
  • Scott Curry, All Blacks 7s, Bay of Plenty 7s
  • Cliff Curtis, actor
  • Julian Dean, Road racing cyclist
  • Dame Susan Devoy, Squash player
  • Tom Donnelly Rugby Union Player (Auckland Blues)
  • Alan Duff, writer
  • Jack Foster, Olympic marathon runner
  • Tony Gordon, Rugby League player and coach
  • Bevan Hari, Hockey player
  • Dylan Hartley, Rugby Union player (For the English National Team.)
  • Tame Iti, Maori activist
  • David Kosoof, Olympic hockey player
  • Danny Lee, Professional golfer
  • Dennis List, Poet and writer
  • Todd McClay, politician
  • Steve McDowall, All Black
  • Jon Mark, Musician. Solo artist and co-founder of Mark-Almond
  • Tony Marsh, Rugby union player (for French national team)
  • Elizabeth Marvelly, Soprano
  • Liam Messam, Rugby Union player (for Waikato and NZ)
  • Sir Howard Morrison, entertainer
  • Temuera Morrison, actor
  • Craig Newby, All Black
  • Caleb Ralph, All Black
  • William Ripia, Rugby union player (Wellington Hurricanes, Western Force, Bay of Plenty, Otago Highlanders, Maori All Black)
  • Joe Royal, Rugby Union Player (Bay of Plenty Steamers and Māori All Blacks)
  • Wayne "Buck" Shelford, Former All Black
  • Miriama Smith, actress
  • Sir Peter Tapsell, politician
  • Sir Gordon Tietjens, Former New Zealand 7s Coach, current Samoan Sevens Coach
  • Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Rugby league player (Sydney Roosters and New Zealand Kiwis)
  • Dean Whare, Rugby League Player (Penrith Panthers and New Zealand Kiwis)

Rotorua: Sister cities

Rotorua has four sister cities:

  • United States Klamath Falls, Oregon
  • Japan Beppu, Kyūshū
  • Australia Lake Macquarie, New South Wales
  • China Wuzhong, Suzhou, Jiangsu

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  • Rotorua travel guide from Wikivoyage
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