Rotorua

Travel Guide
Rotorua showing a hot spring

Rotorua awaits: its spas, lake views, natural setting and more!

Discover the family-friendly area of Rotorua—lake views, hot springs and sights from Rotorua Central Mall to Eat Street.

Geysers, hot springs, Māori culture and adventure sports welcome visitors to this fascinating city on New Zealand’s North Island.

Bubbling hot springs and mud pools offer relaxation, shooting geysers provide astonishment and mountains present boundless opportunities for adventure in Rotorua. This tourist-friendly city spreads around the southern shores of Lake Rotorua and is the thermal wonderland of New Zealand’s North Island. Rotorua is also home to one of the country’s largest population of Māoris, whose culture is visible throughout.

Learn about the local culture and geological history at the Rotorua Museum, housed in an historic timber-framed bathhouse. The museum is located in the Government Gardens, which is also home to the thermal pools of the Blue Baths. From here, follow Queens Drive north to Sulphur Point to enjoy views across Lake Rotorua. Follow the lakeshore to St. Faith’s Anglican Church, a pretty church decorated with Māori art. Afterwards, check out the hot springs at nearby Kuirau Park.

Just south of Government Gardens is the geothermal Te Whakarewarewa Valley. It is home to the Māori villages and cultural centres of Whakarewarewa Thermal Village and Te Puia. Watch traditional dances, visit craft workshops and sample a hangi cuisine, an ancient technique of cooking in a pit. Te Puia also affords superb views of Pohutu Geyser, which erupts up to 20 times per day.

At the northern edge of the city the Skyline Rotorua takes you on scenic journey to the slopes of Mt. Ngongotaha. Enjoy thrilling zip-line and go-kart toboggan adventures or explore hiking and mountain-biking trails. Find more high-adrenalin activities, such as zorbing, jet-boating and bungee jumping at Agroventures Adventure Park. Get up-close with kiwis and other birdlife at Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park.

After a day of adventures, relax in the cafés, pubs and restaurants situated on the open-air dining and entertainment area of Eat Street. Its natural geothermal floor heating makes it an enjoyable place to be year-round. Alternatively, sample ethnic cuisine and browse for local arts and crafts at the weekly Rotorua Night Market.

Rotorua is about a 3-hour drive southeast from Auckland and well-connected with other North Island destinations by intercity buses. Rent a car or use public transport to visit geothermal attractions outside of the city centre. These include the Buried Village of Te Wairoa, Hells Gate and Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
4.5 out of 5
9-11 Tutanekai St, P O Box 348, Rotorua, 3201
The price is NZ$169 per night from 3 Jul. to 4 Jul.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Rotorua. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 6 hot tubs. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (976 reviews)
"Was what we expected excepting we asked for a walkin shower but this did not happen.As I have bad hips I can not get into a shower over the bath."

Reviewed on 19 Jun. 2022

Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
Pullman Rotorua
Pullman Rotorua
5 out of 5
1135 Arawa St, Rotorua, 3010
The price is NZ$219 per night from 27 Jun. to 28 Jun.
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Rotorua. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and valet parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (147 reviews)
"We loved our view. I wasn't that keen on the bathroom only being separated by glass doors as it reduced the amount of privacy whilst in the toilet. Our stay would have been perfect if the hotel had a mineral pool."

Reviewed on 12 Jun. 2022

Pullman Rotorua
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
4.5 out of 5
1270 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua, 3010
The price is NZ$169 per night from 3 Jul. to 4 Jul.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Rotorua. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
3.9/5 Good! (987 reviews)
"Was so amazing"

Reviewed on 28 May 2022

Millennium Hotel Rotorua
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Quest Rotorua Central
Quest Rotorua Central
4 out of 5
1192 Hinemoa Street, Rotorua, 3010
The price is NZ$199 per night from 3 Jul. to 4 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Rotorua. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (765 reviews)
"Great rooms, plenty of room with everything you need"

Reviewed on 6 Jun. 2022

Quest Rotorua Central
Kings On Peace
Kings On Peace
4 out of 5
4A Peace Street, Fenton Park, Rotorua, 3010
The price is NZ$203 per night from 27 Jul. to 28 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Rotorua. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and babysitting services. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in their ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (121 reviews)
"Great facilities, even a bike wash"

Reviewed on 15 Apr. 2022

Kings On Peace
Biking & Walking Tracks, Within Meters Of The Redwoods.
Biking & Walking Tracks, Within Meters Of The Redwoods.
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty Region
Stay at this apartment in Rotorua. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and on-site parking. Popular attractions Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest and Racing Rotorua ...
5/5 Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Whakarewarewa stay
"Great place, super clean, lovely hosts and wonderful location"

Reviewed on 23 Mar. 2022

Biking & Walking Tracks, Within Meters Of The Redwoods.
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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