Te Rotorua-nui-a-Kahumatamomoeu (Māori)
|Nickname(s): Sulphur City, Roto-Vegas |
|Region||Bay of Plenty|
|Territorial authority||Rotorua District|
|City status revoked||1989|
|• MP||Todd McClay (National)|
|• Mayor||Kevin Winters|
|• Deputy Mayor||Trevor Maxwell|
|• Territorial||2,614.9 km2 (1,009.6 sq mi)|
|Elevation||280 m (920 ft)|
|Population (June 2012 estimate)|
|• Density||26/km2 ( 68/sq mi)|
|Time zone||NZST (UTC+12)|
|• Summer (DST)||NZDT (UTC+13)|
|Local iwi||Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Ranginui|
Rotorua (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 area of the North Island of New Zealand. The city is the seat of the Rotorua District, a territorial authority encompassing the city and several other nearby towns. The majority of the Rotorua District, including the city, is in the Bay of Plenty local government region; a sizable southern section and a small western section are in the Waikato local government region. Rotorua city has an estimated permanent population of 56,100; the Rotorua District has a total estimated population of 68,700, of which 3,600 live in the Waikato section. The city is in the heart of the North Island, just 60 kilometres (37 mi) south of Tauranga, 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of Taupo, 105 kilometres (65 mi) east of Hamilton, and 230 kilometres (140 mi) southeast of the nation's most populous city, Auckland.
Rotorua is a major destination for both domestic and international tourists; the tourism industry is by far the largest industry in the district. The city 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 city lies. Rotorua is home to the Waiariki Institute of Technology.
The Lakes of Rotorua are a collection of many lakes surrounding the city of Rotorua.
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 of the city, 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, in order 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. Since 2004, the current mayor has been Kevin Winters.
|Climate data for Rotorua|
|Average high °C (°F)||23
|Average low °C (°F)||12.7
|Precipitation mm (inches)||99
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||241||205||191||167||148||116||132||148||149||187||202||221||2,117|
|Source: NIWA Climate Data|
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 the city.
In Kuirau Park, to the west end of the central city, 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 the city a “rotten eggs” smell, as well as rotten-rua combining its legitimate name and the rotten smell the city gives.
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’.
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 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 end of the town, are a particular point of pride.
Another of Rotorua's attractions is mountain biking. Whakarewarewa Forest has been described as 'the Disneyland of mountain biking' and includes mountain bike trails, where the UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships were held in August 2006.
State Highway 5, running concurrently with the Thermal Explorer Highway, is the main north-south route through Rotorua, bypassing the city centre to the west. North of the city 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 into the city from Taupo, Hawke's Bay, Manawatu, and Wellington.
State Highway 30 runs southwest to northeast through the city. The route from Tokoroa, Waitomo Caves and Taranaki enters the city in the southwest (running concurrently with State Highway 5), before crossing the southern suburbs to the shore of Lake Rotorua east of the city centre. It then runs through the suburb of Te Ngae, before spliting off State Highway 33 to provide an eastern route to Tauranga via Te Puke. State Highway 30 then turns eastwards, and connects to the eastern Bay of Plenty, and the Gisborne region.
State Highway 30A runs northwest to southeast, connecting State Highways 5 and 30 with each other via the city centre.
Rotorua International Airport is located 9 kilometres (5.6 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.
Work has been completed to increase the main runway length to allow direct Airbus A320 flights to and from Australia. Air New Zealand has commenced direct flights to Sydney; interest in other routes has come from Jetstar, who have been considering Brisbane or the Gold Coast as possible routes.
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 city 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 city 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 utilising ever-improving highways in the region. The line is currently disused.
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 has five secondary schools:
- John Paul College, a co-educational, state-integrated Catholic school for Years 7-13 with about 1000 students
- Rotorua Boys' High School, a state boys school for Years 9-13 with about 900 students
- Rotorua Girls' High School, a state girls school for Years 9-13 with about 950 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.
Kura Kaupapa Māori (Māori language immersion schools)
Rotorua has two Kura Kaupapa Māori
See also Category:People from Rotorua
- Valerie Adams, Olympic shot putter
- Steven Adams, Basketball Player
- Jean Batten, Aviator
- Sam Bewley, Olympic cyclist
- Trent Boult, New Zealand Cricketer
- Cliff Curtis, Actor
- Julian Dean, Road racing cyclist
- Dame Susan Devoy, Squash player
- Alan Duff, Writer
- Bevan Hari, Hockey player
- Tame Iti, Maori activist
- David Kosoof, Olympic hockey player
- Danny Lee, Professional golfer
- Dennis List, Poet and writer
- Todd McClay, Politician
- 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
- Steve McDowell, All Black
- Wayne "Buck" Shelford, Former All Black
- Miriama Smith, Actress
- Sir Peter Tapsell, Politician
- Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Rugby league player (for Sydney)
- Dylan Hartley, Rugby Union player (For the English National Team.)
Rotorua has four sister cities:
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- http://www.minedu.govt.nz/Parents/AllAges/schoolSearch/SchoolDetails.aspx?s=1153&type=32&hasGeo=true&sn=Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Koutu
- http://www.minedu.govt.nz/Parents/AllAges/schoolSearch/SchoolDetails.aspx?s=1165&type=32&hasGeo=true&sn=Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Ruamata
- Sister Cities International
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Rotorua|
- Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Rotorua". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
- Info-Rotorua | Visitor Information TV & website
- Official Rotorua YouTube channel
- Rotorua District Council official website
- Rotorua Tourism official website
- Rotorua travel guide from Wikivoyage