Lake Rotorua was formed 140,000 years ago, and covers 80 kilometres (49.7 miles) making Lake Rotorua New Zealand’s second largest lake in the North Island. The popular lake’s spectacular green and blue hues are due to the high sulphur content. Clouds of steam can be seen drifting along the shore, emitted by the geo thermal activity that lies bubbling beneath its surface. Anglers come to relax and fish this popular lake year round, where the abundant brown trout can range from 3 kilos (6.6 pounds) to a whopping 7 kilos (15.4 pounds); and the challenging Rainbow trout that will have anglers and fly fishers battling to capture these wiley fish. In the centre of the lake lies Mokoia Island the home to New Zealand’s very own Romeo and Juliet Maori legend. This landmark dates back to 1350 AD, and today the island is a sanctuary for endangered flora and fauna. Visitors can arrive at the island on the ‘Wai Ora’, a luxury fast cat, the ‘Wai Ora jet boat’, or try a leisurely cruise on a paddle steamer. Guided tours, bird watching, soaking in the warm waters of Waikimihia (Hinemoa’s) pool, native tree planting, bush walking, indigenous food, and tour guides who will regale visitors with local ancient mythical Maori legends; these are some of the many exciting activities found on this iconic landmark. The city of Rotorua was settled by the Te Arawa iwi (Maori tribe) more than 600 years ago. The Te Arawa people are world class performers in Kapa Haka (to stand in a row and dance, while combining song, dance, movement and expressive facial expressions). Visit a Maori Pa (an impressive fortified village, built by Maori with many stunning carvings, each with a story of its own), learn their legends and listen to their Waiata (songs). Renowned for its geothermal activity this picturesque region has an unmistakable scent of sulphur in the air. Lively skyrocketing geysers, hot springs and bubbling mud pools have visitors entertained with the heights they can reach, and the heat that emanates from them, that to this day still steams (Kai) meals for the local Maori. Rotorua is widely known as a tourism and adventure hub; and Natures Spa of the South Pacific, as this fascinating region sits squarely on the Pacific Rim of Fire. Wanting to relax in one of the World’s Top Ten Spas, Hell's Gate & Wai Ora Spa? Using sustainable health-giving geothermal waters, encircled by serene native New Zealand flora and the relaxing sound of waterfalls in a grotto; the alkaline mineral waters will wash over you and leave you feeling luxuriously indulged. And if you want more thrills and excitement, Rotorua has adrenalin seekers skydiving, hitting one of New Zealand’s best mountain biking circuits, travelling the thrilling luge, experiencing the laughter inducing ZORB, visit the Rainbow and Fairy Springs with their large well-fed trout, Rotorua’s attractions are fun for all ages, sight seers, adrenalin junkies, it is a unique adventure that will leave you with fantastic, wonderful memories.
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Horse Trekking Lake Okareka – is a family owned horse trekking enterprise on Longford's Farm, just 14 kilometres and a 15 minute drive from famously Rotorua. Longford's Farm has 1500 acres of dry stock sheep and cattle grazing pasture and 500 acres of native bush. Agroventures - Experience up to five of New Zealand's most iconic adventure activities at unbelievable value. There is something for everyone including NZ's best value Bungy Jump, the Swoop Kawarau Jet Rotorua - Let us take you on a 30 minute action packed jet boat ride on the stunning Lake Rotorua where you will not only experience the power of the our V8 jet boats and spins but take in the scenic beauty of Lake Rotorua with a twist of history and culture thrown in along the way. Lyons Lake Stay - Looking for organic, tranquil lake stay holiday accommodation nestled amongst native bush, 20km from Lake Okareka in the Rotorua area. Whether you're looking for family accommodation, a boutique backpackers or B&B accommodation, Lyons Lake Stay offers a peaceful, private place for you to stay. Skyline Rotorua - Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner this restaurant is known for its stunning 180 degree views over the city of Rotorua, Lake Rotorua and Mt Tarawera. The Cableway Restaurant is suitable for every occasion that requires style, a great atmosphere, delicious quality NZ cuisine and an all-round wonderful experience. Travel Guide New Zealand proudly presents this listing to you. Hopefully, when you visit Rotorua and are looking for places to visit you will consider Lake Rotorua. And if you do decide to visit Lake Rotorua remember to come back to Travel Guide and share your experience.