A to Z Challenge – Rotorua – Town in New Zealand


Photo CreditRotorua viewed from gondola up Mount Ngongotaha.

Thursday, April 21,  R – Rotorua

Rotorua is in the in the Bay of Plenty Region in the North Island of New Zealand.

The Rotorua District has a total estimated population of 69,200, (June 2015 estimate).

Thermal activity is at the heart of much of Rotorua’s tourist appeal. Geysers and bubbling mud-pools, hot thermal springs.

Rotorua has the nickname Sulphur City, because of the hydrogen sulphide emissions, which gives Rotorua a “rotten eggs” smell, as well as rotten-rua combining its legitimate name and the rotten smell prevalent.

It really isn’t as bad as it sounds, I have been there and I quite enjoy it especially the sulphur smell it clears my nose, makes it easier to breathe.

But it’s certainly isn’t a place you will find anywhere else in New Zealand.


Prince of Wales Feathers and Pōhutu geysers erupting in Rotorua, New Zealand

If you would like to know more about Rotorua  


  1. I love geothermally active locations, but I’ve not had the pleasure of visiting New Zealand. I really must visit, because of the beautiful views and the amazing geology. Thank you for sharing Rotorua!


  2. Oh… such a smell is not too pleasant. I am not sure I would like to live there. But I would visit it as it’s very interesting!


  3. I visited a similar place, Glenwood Springs, CO, and know that rotten egg smell well! Of course, we got over that quickly once we felt the warm water! Another beautiful place to put on my “someday” travel list!


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