Rotorua: “Geyser City” and 14 beautiful lakes in your back yard
Population: 71,000 (2018)
Rotorua is one of the world’s true wonders and hosts the planet’s most spectacular display of thermal activity with thousands of hectares of thermal wonderlands. Rotorua’s history goes back to the 14th century with the arrival of the first Maori inhabitants from Eastern Polynesia. Waimangu Valley is particularly spectacular with views to Mt Tarawera which erupted in spectacular fashion on the 10th of June 1886 killing 153 people and burying the treasured Pink and White Terraces which were one of the Seven Wonders of the World. There are, however, several thermal parks and the scenery will leave you breathless in this region with rich native forests, lakes and rivers brimming with trout, soothing hot mineral water pools and a range of outdoor activities virtually second to none in the country.
Rotorua has particularly strong tourism, forestry, geothermal energy, and farming sectors. This is bringing residential and commercial property investment to the region and the accompanying job opportunities.
A 50 minute drive to the Te Urawera National Park along a 65 kilometre dust road will take you to an area of virgin native bush (rainforest) with stunning lakes and scenery, while the 3 days, world class great walk of Lake Waikaremoana will leave you wondering whether it could possibly get any better. A little known lake (Lake Waikareti), accessible by a one hour walk taking you 900 meters above Lake Waikaremoana will take you to a little spot where the New Zealand Department of Conservation hires out dingies (small boats) which you can row across the lake to a small island which has a lake on top of the island making for a unique lake within a lake environment. A short row from here takes you to a place called Sandy Bay which has a little backcountry hut with accommodation for 20 people (these huts cost about $12 per night). The water is claimed to be the clearest in the world and would be difficult to argue given the lake being inaccessible to power boats. To see the number of trout in this lake is simply amazing - as you row across the lake they are literally jumping out of the water all around you.
Rotorua is well worth a look so talk to our team about available property jobs in this region that has experienced 10% population growth since 2015.