Rotorua is the perfect mixture celebrating culture, the natural environment and adventure. Known for its geo-thermal activity, Rotorua is also the cultural capital of New Zealand. In Maori, “Roto” means “lake” and “rua” means “two”, or “second”. In this case, Lake Rotorua was the second major lake that was discovered in the area and was named for this reason. There is a collection of 17 lakes that surround Rotorua and a variety of water activities are popular with residents and visitors during the summer. Geysers, hot thermal springs, bubbling mud pools and The Buried Village (aptly named after a volcanic eruption covered the settlement in 1886) are some of the drawcards for visitors to the region. Rotorua has it all: the forest for canopy adventures and biking/hiking trails and lake activities for the outdoorsy type, plenty of tours visiting and exploring geothermal wonderlands, Maori cultural experiences where you can try a Hangi meal and get involved in traditional games and activities, and spas and natural hot pools for you to unwind and relax.