RotoruaNew Zealand

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Visit Rotorua

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$149
per night
Feb 14 - Feb 15

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! (1,686 reviews)

"The room was spacious but the elevator was so small."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jan. 2020

Rydges Rotorua
Holiday Inn Rotorua
Holiday Inn Rotorua
4.5 out of 5
10 Tryon Street, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua
NZ$160
per night
Feb 3 - Feb 4

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! (1,834 reviews)

"Great hotel, good parking, very quiet location, easy to get around to the Rotorua activities we did, hope to come back to Rotorua one day again, would definitely stay here again. :)"…"

Reviewed on 28 Jan. 2020

Holiday Inn Rotorua
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
4.5 out of 5
9-11 Tutanekai St, P O Box 348, Rotorua
NZ$237
per night
Feb 3 - Feb 4

This family-friendly Rotorua hotel is located in the shopping district, within a 15-minute walk of Matariki Hangi & Maori Cultural Performance, Tamaki Maori ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,462 reviews)

"Shower head in the bathroom was disgusting with mold and gunk all over it. Mold in bathroom and bath shower combo which I hate"…"

Reviewed on 24 Jan. 2020

Novotel Rotorua Lakeside

Popular things to do in Rotorua

Lake Rotorua
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Lake Rotorua

4.5/5(594 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(203 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(326 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(165 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(137 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(104 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

NZ$84

Step into the world of Middle-earth, the Shire, and Hobbiton as you head to the movie set where acclaimed director Peter Jackson brought J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved books to life. Find out how this once-sleepy sheep farm was turned into a movie set and take an up-close look at real sets and props.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Boat Tour
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Boat Tour

NZ$55

Venture inside the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and enter a magical world shimmering with thousands of tiny glowworms. After discovering the incredible acoustic properties of the chamber known as the Cathedral, board a boat and glide beneath a dazzling ceiling illuminated by living lights.

Tamaki Maori Village Cultural Discovery & Hangi Feast
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Tamaki Maori Village Cultural Discovery & Hangi Feast

NZ$130

Experience the authentic Tamaki Maori village nestled in the lush Rotorua forest. Discover the unique culture, customs, and traditions of the Maori people, then feast on a delicious Hangi-cooked meal and witness the traditional Maori war cry, the famous Haka dance.

Whakarewarewa - Guided Tour & Maori Cultural Performance
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Whakarewarewa - Guided Tour & Maori Cultural Performance

NZ$40

Combining authentic Maori culture and Rotorua’s geothermal activity, Whakarewarewa – The Living Maori Village is one of New Zealand’s oldest and most unique attractions.

Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Buffet Lunch or Dinner
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Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Buffet Lunch or Dinner

NZ$65

Set amongst the stars atop Mount Ngongotaha, Skyline Rotorua’s Stratosfare Restaurant and Bar is home to some of New Zealand’s best award-winning cuisine. Enjoy a delicious Lunch or Dinner featuring a stunning array of freshly prepared buffet and cooked-to-order dishes highlighting locally sourced seafood, meat and produce.

Redwoods Mountain Bike Ebike Tour HD
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Redwoods Mountain Bike Ebike Tour HD

NZ$163

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Mohawk Ebike Tours, 1265 Fenton Street, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand Our guides will meet you inside the store and assist you with equipping yourself for the tour Duration: 15 minutes

Reviews of Rotorua

4.4

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

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Jan 28, 2020

Loved everything about it

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 27, 2020

Loved the Maori village and Eat Street.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 27, 2020

Fabulous

5/5 - Excellent

TinaTalapule

Jan 27, 2020

We will be coming back down for a family trip and not sports because we came down for a touch rugby tournament , so we didnt visit any places

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 26, 2020

Excellent place to "cool off" except theheat.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 26, 2020

Rotorua is a beautiful place , you just have too choose where you stay very carefully.

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