The first thing people say to you when you say you are heading to Rotorua is about how much the town smells. Rotorua, or Roto-vegas as it is commonly dubbed by locals, is known for it’s geothermal activity which amongst other things, results in a sulphuric smell that lingers around the city. It really does smell like rotten eggs.
I couldn’t tell if it was just that I was getting used to it, or whether certain parts of the town smelt less than others, but the smell seemed to dissipate the longer I spent there. Tourism is definitely the life-blood of this smelly sulphur town, with the streets littered with motels and hotels; the nick-name Roto-vegas is quite appropriate. It’s a little bit tacky, it’s a little bit touristy, but it’s a must do stop off on a tour of New Zealand’s north.
Whilst in Rotorua we checked out some bubbling mud pools at Kuirau Park, which was near the city centre and free to have a wander through. The highlight of the visit was spending a few hours walking through Te Puia, the Maori Arts and Crafts Centre. Aside from housing a sculpture and weaving school, Te Puia is set on an area of high geothermal activity, including the still active geyser, Pohutu, meaning ‘constant spraying’. The geyser erupts a couple of times an hour and we were right in front of it when it went off.
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