Peppers on the Point, Lake Rotorua - About Rotorua

Huddled on the southern shore of Lake Rotorua on New Zealand's North Island, the city of Rotorua is an international tourism icon and known as the heartland of Maori culture.

The township has been welcoming visitors for more than 200 years and is easily connected to the rest of New Zealand, only a three hour drive from Auckland and a 5 hour drive to Wellington.

Sitting on a volcanic plateau, Rotorua boasts a unique and impressive landscape that seems to have a life of its very own. The soft sulphuric aroma is a steady reminder of the geothermal parks and volcanic activity of the area where erupting geysers, bubbling mud pools, hot thermal springs and steaming craters are all daily occurrences.

Water based activities are a popular way to pass the time here, with 16 vividly blue lakes providing an aquatic playground for all ages. A prime trout fishing spot, Rotorua is famous for its trophy-sized rainbow trout, where your catch can even be cooked in the hot sand. Continue to pump up the action with kayaking and white water rafting of the regions extensive rapids, or dial it down a notch with an unhurried stroll along the network of trails and rainforest walks.

Rich with history and legends, the Maori culture of New Zealand is a fascinating drawcard of the region. Be sure to visit the museum within the Rotorua Bath House which hosts an extensive Maori heritage collection, with song and dance performances relaying the stories of the culture.