Since the early 19th century, tourists have flocked to Rotorua’s natural hot springs, bubbling mud pools, active geysers - spectacular thermal wonders on the ‘Pacific rim of fire’.
Māori culture and history infuse Rotorua life. The town of Rotorua, on the shores of Lake Rotorua, is home to the Te Arawa iwi - one of New Zealand’s larger Māori tribes. A third of Rotorua's population is Māori.
Rotorua translates as 'second lake' – one of 18 sparkling lakes, surrounded by magnificent native and exotic forests. This other-worldly volcanic landscape provides a dynamic backdrop to many adventure activities - mountain biking, trout fishing, bathing in natural hot pools, white water rafting, and air adventures.
The phenomenal creativity of nature can be seen in all its glory right here in Rotorua. Multi-hued lichens, moss and salt structures blend harmoniously with lush native greens, crystal blue lakes and earth tones ranging from rust to ochre. Splendid examples of silicate and mineral formations rise from and mould into a landscape sculpted by the region's turbulent volcanic activity for thousands of years, and the resulting terraces, valleys and lakes are beyond beauty, they are nature's own art form.
Rotorua and its surrounding areas are charged with a primordial ambiance that challenges the auditory, visual and olfactory senses.
There are five main Geothermal Areas in which a variety of geysers, hot springs, boiling mud pools and hissing craters can be experienced up close.
Your job is to recreate these places in our Minecraft world. Research each place, and then build in the ROTORUA world.
Boasting the largest geyser in the country and approximately 500 hot springs, Whakarewarewa, the living village, is the most visited of Rotorua's Geothermal Areas and is a great place to experience the uniqueness of local Maori Culture.
Tikitere (Hell's Gate)Hell's Gate is Rotorua's most fierce Geothermal Area with boiling whirl pools, the largest hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere and many other truly amazing features.
20 minutes South of Rotorua, Waimangu Valley is a breathtaking tribute to the devastating eruption of Mount Tarawera over 100 years ago. The multi-coloured lakes and stunning landscape make this short trip a must.
Including some of the most colourful volcanic features such as the Champagne Pool, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is set among gorgeous native bush and is a short 20 minute drive from Rotorua.
Orakei Korako - The Hidden Valley
Scenes from the BBC’s Walking with Dinosaurs were filmed in the stunning Orakei Korako and it is not hard to imagine why. Accessible by boat, Orakei Korako, the Hidden Valley, is lauded by Lonely Planet as "possibly the best thermal area left in New Zealand and one of the finest in the world".
Google Earth is a great place to obtain geographical information
Connecting With Our Past
Offering genuine warmth of welcome and manaakitanga (hospitality) is something that the Te Arawa Maori have been providing to visitors to the Rotorua region for well over 150 years.
Local Maori share their culture, history, music, art, language, and even their homes.
You will research local legends and recreate them geographical in the Rotorua World.