Close to the coast and mountains, set amongst lakes and natural spas, Rotorua is less than three hours drive from New Zealandís largest city, Auckland.
Located at a relatively high altitude of around 300 metres above sea level, Rotorua Districtís climate generally provides for warm dry summers and cool, dry, frosty winters.
Its two greatest assets, the lakes and numerous geothermal features, make it one of New Zealandís iconic visitor attractions especially with those who enjoy the great outdoors. And best of all, most outdoor activities are free or cost very little. Where else in the world can you swim comfortably outdoors in the winter, enjoy trout fishing, regattas, water skiing, sailing and swimming on the lakes in the summer? Walk, run or ride through the forest whenever its takes your fancy?
For those who want to venture a little further afield without taking all day to get there, the surf beaches of Waihi, Mount Maunganui and Ohope are one and a half hours (150 kilometres) drive of the city, as are the Tongariro and Urewera National Parks, Lake Taupo, the Whakatane, Rangitaiki, Kaituna and Waikato Rivers and the urban centres of Hamilton, Tauranga, Taupo and Whakatane.
Arts and culture also feature predominantly in the cityís annual calendar of events, with a biennial festival of the arts, annual Lakeside concert which is free to residents and visitors, jazz and jambalaya festivals, as well as national aria and concerto events, to name a few.
The city boasts several museums, two movie houses, a convention centre, an international stadium with full night light facilities, an aquatic centre, a youth centre and an innovative older persons community centre, as well as an extensive network of public reserves and golf courses.