ROTORUA, a town of Rotorua county, North Island, New Zealand.
Rotorua attracts many visitors on account of the beauty and scientific interest of the locality and the bathing in its various medicinal springs.
It is a scattered township lying on the south-western shore of lake Rotorua, amid hills reaching 2600 ft.
Two miles south of Rotorua is another native village, Whakarewarewa, where there are geysers as well as hot springs.
Four miles from Rotorua, near the centre of the lake, the island of Mokoia rises to 1518 ft.
A short channel connects lake Rotorua with lake Rotoiti to the N.E.
Of Rotorua) is noted for the eruption of June 1886, which changed the outline of several lakes, destroyed the famous Pink and White terraces on the adjoining lake Tarawera, and converted a region of great beauty into a desolate wilderness.
From Rotorua) on the western shore of the lake was overwhelmed.
To Rotorua (56 m.) are the resorts of Weirakei (7 m.) and Ateamuri (31 m.).
The government maintains a sanatorium at Lake Rotorua, and there are private bathing establishments in other places, notably near Lake Taupo.