January 11, 2018
International thumbs up for sulphur city
Maori culture and hot springs have put Rotorua on The New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2018 list.
Coming in at number 45, it’s the only New Zealand destination to make the list.
Destination Rotorua chief executive Michelle Templer says with the newspaper’s daily readership of more than 9 million people, the endorsement will open the eyes of a new sector of travellers who may not have previously considered Rotorua as a destination.
The entry talks about the sulphurous geysers and mineral-rich hot springs which scent Rotorua.
The Redwood Treewalk nightlights designed by David Trubridge also get the thumbs up.
Rotorua deputy mayor Dave Donaldson says Rotorua has a long, proud history of tourism and manaakitanga with culture and the unique natural environment at the forefront.
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