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Rotorua is also nicknamed Roto Vegas by Kiwis for the mass of tourist attractions. Rotorua is a small city of about 64,000 people on the southern shore of Lake Rotorua in the Bay of Plenty Region, on the North Island of New Zealand. The main attractions in Rotorua are Maori culture and amazing geothermal activity. The most popular geysers are located in the town and the surrounding country side. And the famous mud pools are located in the city center itself. Some local Maoris used to, and still do, cook their meal in the hot geysers behind their homes.
The tourist appeal of Rotorua started in the 1860s and only grew mainly due to large thermal waterfalls made of lime located on Mount Tarawera. These falls were very high and bubbling with hot energy and attracted tourists from around the world. Local Maori tribes started to appeal to the tourists and began to exploit lots of money from tourists. Some tribal members claimed that they were offending the gods by doing things like replacing the shell eyes traditional statues with silver and gold coins. Either by random volcanic event, or the anger of gods, Mount Tarawera erupted in 1886 destroying the falls, locals and tourists. The only people that were spare were the few that hid out with a Maori chief that refused to offend the gods.
Rotorua Regional Airport (ROT) provides daily flights to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown by turbo-prop planes and daily jet services. There are plans to extend the runway making it possible for larger planes to land therefore providing direct flights to Australia. Some water planes still land on Rotorua lake.
Currently it is not possible to get to Rotorua by train.
|Astray||1204 Pukuatua Street Rotorua||Hostel||85|
|Base Rotorua||1286 Arawa St||Hostel||77|
|Blarneys Rock Backpackers||1210 Tutanekai Street||Hostel||87|
|Cactus Jacks Backpackers||1210 Haupapa St Rotorua||Hostel||80|
|Crank Backpackers||1140 Hinemoa St Rotorua||Hostel||85|
|Crash Palace||1271 Hinemaru Street Rotorua||Hostel||87|
|Kiwi paka - Rotorua||60 Tarewa Road||Hostel||84|
|Lyons Lakestay||8 Okareka Loop Rd Lake Okareka Rd 5||Hostel||87|
|Planet Nomad Backpackers||1193 Fenton st Rotorua||Hostel||81|
|Regent Flashpackers||1181 Pukaki Street Rotorua||Hostel||-|
|SilverOaks Hotel Geyserland||424 Fenton Street Rotorua Rotorua||Hotel||-|
|Spa Lodge Backpackers||1221 Amohau Street, Rotorua||Hostel||86|
|The Grand Hotel||1130 Pukuatua st Rotorua||Hotel||79|
|YHA Rotorua Treks||1278 Haupapa Street||Hostel||85|
|Rotorua Central Backpackers||1076 Pukuatua St||Hostel||85|
|Six on Union||6 Union Street Rotorua||Hotel||-|
|Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua||1000 Eruera Street Rotorua||Hotel||-|
|Lake Okareka Lodge by lebua||103 Acacia Road||Hotel||-|
|Oasis Hostel Rotorua||33A Tarewa Road Rotorua Central||Hostel||82|
See also International Telephone Calls
Most payphones in New Zealand require the use of phone cards for payment and it is getting harder to find payphones that accept coins. As phone cards are available at a lot of outlets, they are easy to purchase and very handy as a backup in case of emergencies.
Dial 111 for emergency police, fire or ambulance services. The worldwide emergency number for GSM mobile phones, 112, can also be used.
Local calls are free from residential phones and charges for calling outside that area can be found at the front of the regional phone books, amongst many other services.
Most areas have dedicated PostShops, however stamps can also be bought at grocery shops, supermarkets and book stores. There are two main formats for domestic mail, namely Standard Post and Fast Post. Fast Post is used next day delivery between major towns and cities (two days from rural areas), whereas Standard Post will take a few working days to deliver nationwide. Standard costs NZ$0.40 for letters/postcards (NZ$0.80 for larger envelopes), Fast Post costs NZ$0.80 (NZ$1.20 for larger envelopes). International mail takes about 3-6 days to Australia (NZ$1.50), and 6-12 days to Europe, Asia and the United States (NZ$2). Post boxes are white, red and black and can be found in many areas throughout towns and cities, including information about when their contents are collected. Most post offices and smaller post shops have opening hours from 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday, and 9:00am to 12:30pm on Saturday. You can buy stamps here, or at newsagents and general stores. For parcels, you can use the NZ Post or otherwise courier companies like TNT, DHL, UPS or FedEx.
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