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The power and beauty of nature is never far from the surface in Rotorua. This bustling town on New Zealand’s North Island sits on the shoes of 17 lakes that are collectively known as the Lakes of Rotorua. The ground is alive in Rotorua, filled with geothermal activity that makes itself known through bubbling mud pools, steaming hot springs, and extraordinary geysers that just beg for your attention. The town itself has a growing cosmopolitan centre that offers delights for craft beer aficionados and even the most demanding foodie.
In the summer months, Rotorua’s 17 lakes offer a wide variety of activity options. Take a swim in the cool waters, or try waterskiing across the water’s glassy surface. Several of the lakes in the region are stocked with trout for some excellent fishing expeditions. The nearby Kaituna River offers Class 5 rapids for those brave enough to try whitewater kayaking or rafting.
Rotorua is also a popular destination for mountain bikers. The nearby Whakarewarewa Forest contains over 100 km of challenging mountain bike trails that will rattle the teeth of even the most experienced biker. Visitors looking for a more relaxed trip can enjoy Rotorua’s Botanical Gardens or spend a day at the Rotorua Museum of Art and History. For a little more adventure, head over to Kuirau where you can soak your feet into gooey, bubbling mud baths.
Your nights will be just as exciting as your days. Rotorua is blossoming with artisanal restaurants, craft breweries, and classy bars. Leave your luxury accommodation in Rotorua and walk down “Eat Street” to find many excellent restaurants, from Indian to Italian, to indulge your palate.
Whether you plan to absolutely spoil yourself during your time in Rotorua or need to budget your money carefully, you’ll find plenty options. Rotorua hotels range from budget-friendly to utter luxury. You can also find many middle-of-the road options. Couples may prefer to seek out the more romantic option of a bed and breakfast, while family-friendly accommodation in Rotorua will keep everyone smiling. Backpacker options and holiday parks can also help visitors save more.
Rotorua is served by the small Rotorua Regional Airport, which receives direct flights from Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. The airport is roughly 9 km from city centre, an easy drive in a Rotorua car rental. Kiwis coming in from nearby towns can use State Highways 5, 30, and 30A, which all lead to Rotorua, along with the Thermal Explorer Highway. Rotorua is approximately 62 km from Tauranga, 59 km from Taupo, and 107 km from Hamilton.
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