The first thing you notice is the smell. It’s starts from the second you enter the city of Rotorua and it will follow you until you leave. It’s kind of like bad eggs. That said, I don’t think it’s really that bad and it’s definitely something you quickly get used to, mainly because there is no escape.
The city is built on geothermal ground, which provides not only the smell of bad eggs but also unusual sights and attractions. One of them being Wai-O-Tapu, meaning “Sacred Waters” in Maori, which is an active geothermal area, with boiling mud, geysers, caves, multi-coloured pools and whatnot.
I went to Wai-O-Tapu with a girl I met on my hostel in Rotorua. I think I was lucky to meet one who was just as enthusiastic as I was. Not that I wouldn’t have enjoyed it being there by myself, but it’s always nice to be able to share your enthusiasm with others.