Rotorua is a city right in the heart of New Zealand’s north island, and can be found on the southern shores of the lake of the same name.
The city has a population of around 57,800 and is roughly a two and a half hour drive down from Auckland – though you can get there on a bus from Auckland for as little as $1.
Rotorua is already an internationally renowned tourist hotspot – literally – thanks to the geothermal activity that heats up the water in the area.
This gives life to the geysers, hot mud pools and the spa industry in Rotorua, though unsurprisingly we’re more interested in the 100km of mountain bike trails in the Whakarewarewa Forest (locally known as the “Redwoods”).
We can’t go any further without at least acknowledging the smell in Rotorua though! As anyone who has been there before will tell you, the geothermal activity leaves a distinctive smell of sulphur in the air. There’s no two ways about it. The place smells of eggs.
But you get used to it in a day or two. And if you consider that it smells of eggs and still made the cut as our ‘Adventure Destination of the Week’, then just think how good the adventure must be? Seriously, Rotorua is a different level.