Rotorua is New Zealand’s tourist capital. Popular attractions in Rotorua include geothermal waters, bubbling hot mud pools, Maori culture, and some of the best mountain biking in the country. The nearby lakes also provide plenty of opportunities for water sports including fishing and water skiing.
Rotorua is situated inland fr om the coast and is sheltered by high country to the south and east, resulting in less wind than many other places in New Zealand. In general, Rotorua enjoys a warm, temperate climate. January, February and March are usually the warmest months with the average temperature of 27 degrees. The coolest months are June, July and August, where the minimum temperature ranges between 9-13 degrees. Interesting fact: Rotorua has the nickname ‘Sulphur City’ because of the hydrogen sulphide emissions, which gives Rotorua a "rotten eggs" smell.
Rotorua has a compact CBD and a comprehensive public transport system to make getting in and around Rotorua easy. If you are planning to travel a lot during the day, you can save money by purchasing a Cityride Day Saver all day bus pass for NZD8.20. Casual one way cash fare will cost you NZD2.60. Locals swear that the best way to get around the city is cycling or walking because buses stop running around 10 p.m. Do not get discouraged though - Rotorua is perfect for cycling as the city is relatively small and flat.
Rotorua is well-known for forestry and agribusiness being the region’s largest employers. Generally speaking, there are jobs available across a range of sectors in Rotorua. Given that Rotorua has plenty of restaurants and hotels it should not be a problem to find a part-time job in tourism or hospitality industries (pay rate from NZD15.25 per hour). Those looking for work with a customer focus, can find opportunities with the several large international hotel brands, top-quality cafes, restaurants and other food services throughout the city. Rotorua also hosts many large corporate and sporting events throughout the year. A good advice when looking for a job online in Rotorua is to pick Bay of Plenty region option (sometimes Rotorua is simply not specified in a list of cities).
Good news, folks! Housing in Rotorua is considered more affordable than other areas in New Zealand, especially compared to Auckland. If you don’t mind sharing a house with 3 or 4 people than for NZD100-150 per week (including utilities) you can easily find a decent place to live and play. Useful tip for those who can’t bear Rotorua’s infamous smell - look for a place closer to forests, up high and further away from the lakes. The locals know what they’re talking about.
Rotorua is a well-known adventure hot spot of New Zealand with heaps of activities to enjoy for everyone. The city is home to a number of world-firsts including the Luge (NZD56 for 5 rides), Zorb (NZD30) and the Schweeb as well as the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world (NZD139). Add water skiing, fishing and boating. Rotorua also has world famous tracks for mountain biking and in 2015 was named as one of only six Gold Level Ride Centers in the world. So prepare to get your adrenaline pumping! According to the locals, nightlife is non-existent in Rotorua, but there are a lot of bars and restaurants with live music to keep you entertain. Every Thursday evening from 5pm to 9pm there is the Night Market wh ere you can taste the variety of ethnic cuisine and be entertained by local musicians.
Combined with a varied landscape of forests, mountains, rivers and lakes, the mild climate of Rotorua makes the region a top travel destination throughout the year. In a nutshell Rotorua is a quiet place with a surprising number of activities to do and natural wonders to explore.