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RotoruaNew Zealand

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.

Top hotels in Rotorua

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Rydges Rotorua
Rydges Rotorua
4 out of 5
272 Fenton St, Rotorua
NZ$119
per night
1 May - 2 May

Located in Fenton Street, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Racing Rotorua, Tamaki Maori Village and Polynesian Spa. Whakarewarewa Hot Springs and ...

4/5Very Good! (1,715 reviews)

"We stayed in the King spa room. Great bed super comfy and the room itself was huge. Easy check in and dinner was great"…"

Reviewed on 22 Mar. 2020

Rydges Rotorua
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
4.5 out of 5
1270 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua

This family-friendly Rotorua hotel is located near the boardwalk, just steps away from Rotorua Arts Village and Tamaki Maori Village. Polynesian Spa is 0.2 mi ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,221 reviews)

"Fernando checking us in for the room. He is very tentative and caring our needs. Great smile."…"

Reviewed on 26 Mar. 2020

Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Holiday Inn Rotorua
Holiday Inn Rotorua
4.5 out of 5
10 Tryon Street, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua
NZ$134
per night
3 May - 4 May

This family-friendly Rotorua hotel is steps away from Whakarewarewa Hot Springs and Whakarewarewa: The Living Maori Village. Tamaki Maori Village and Polynesian ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,900 reviews)

"All good Very nice breakfast buffet Would definitely go back"…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar. 2020

Holiday Inn Rotorua

Popular activities in Rotorua

Lake Rotorua
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Lake Rotorua

4.5/5(645 reviews)

One of the largest lakes on the North Island, this location offers an abundance of exciting activities as well as a fascinating geological and cultural history.

Lake Rotoiti
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Lake Rotoiti

4.5/5(218 reviews)

Marvel at the pristine Nelson Lakes National Park as you kayak across this magnificent lake to thermal pools and glow worm caves. 

Skyline Rotorua
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Skyline Rotorua

4.5/5(362 reviews)

Take in the splendid scenery during a gondola ride and jump in a luge cart to navigate your way down the exciting mountain track.

Polynesian Spa
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Polynesian Spa

4.5/5(184 reviews)

Set among the serene Government Gardens on the shores of Lake Rotorua, these hot pools are an idyllic place to relax and unwind.

Lake Tikitapu
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Lake Tikitapu

4.5/5(158 reviews)

Explore one of the region’s most beautiful lakes and relax on the beach beside the sparkling water.

Mitai Maori Village
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Mitai Maori Village

4.5/5(117 reviews)

For a great insight into Māori customs and way of life, sign up for this magical, entertaining and educational cultural experience.

Top activities in Rotorua

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

94% of travellers recommend
NZ$84
Per adult
Tarawera & Lakes Tour
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Tarawera & Lakes Tour

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$95
Per adult
Katoa Lake Rotorua Parasailing Adventure
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Katoa Lake Rotorua Parasailing Adventure

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$25
Per adult
Rotorua Geothermal Geysers & Lunch Tauranga Shore Excursion
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Rotorua Geothermal Geysers & Lunch Tauranga Shore Excursion

98% of travellers recommend
NZ$160
Per adult
Rotorua City & Lakes Tour
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Rotorua City & Lakes Tour

80% of travellers recommend
NZ$75
Per adult
Cultural Experience at Mitai Maori Village
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Cultural Experience at Mitai Maori Village

94% of travellers recommend
NZ$123
Per adult

Reviews of Rotorua

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
726
5 - Excellent 47.142857142857146%
4 - Good
712
4 - Good 46.23376623376623%
3 - Okay
94
3 - Okay 6.103896103896104%
2 - Disappointing
6
2 - Disappointing 0.38961038961038963%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.12987012987012986%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Mar. 2020

I love visiting Rotorua! The luge is always a winner and so is Motion Entertainment. Amazing food too!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Mar. 2020

Nice to get out of Auckland, and lots of activities to do as well

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Mar. 2020

A great place was happy to see the mud pool and the different smell as well which makes Rotorua unique

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

20 Mar. 2020

Cool little city. Good family destination

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

20 Mar. 2020

Great trail riding in nearby forest area good biking sub culture

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

16 Mar. 2020

Rotorua has always been fine to me. I go there for Business usually. Rarely for Holidays.

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