Rotorua

Travel Guide
Rotorua showing a hot spring

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.

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Where to stay in Rotorua

Prince's Gate Hotel
Prince's Gate Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1057 Arawa Street, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
The price is NZ$124 per night from 28 Oct. to 28 Oct.
This family-friendly Rotorua hotel is located near the airport, just steps away from Rotorua i-SITE Visitor Centre and Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (989 reviews)
"Lovely staff, room was well presented and clean. Great thermal pools."

Reviewed on 19 Sep. 2021

Prince's Gate Hotel
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
4.5 out of 5
1270 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua
The price is NZ$180 per night from 9 Nov. to 9 Nov.
This family-friendly Rotorua hotel is located near the boardwalk, just steps away from Rotorua Arts Village and Tamaki Maori Village. Rotorua Central Mall and ...
3.9/5 Good! (993 reviews)
"Great property with everything you need. Staff were helpful & professional."

Reviewed on 14 Oct. 2021

Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
4.5 out of 5
9-11 Tutanekai St, P O Box 348, Rotorua
The price is NZ$179 per night from 28 Oct. to 28 Oct.
This family-friendly Rotorua hotel is located in the shopping district, just steps away from Matariki Hangi & Maori Cultural Performance and Eat Street. Rotorua ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (991 reviews)
"Overall Property is safe and tidy. 1 thing we did not like is the staff / reception desk at Atlas Cafe. the way she ask question is a bit rude. we did not come there to eat free breakfast, WE PAID FOR IT!. she should ask a bit politely. staff in Reception are all friendly and accommodating."

Reviewed on 16 Aug. 2021

Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
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.
Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park
Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park
3.5 out of 5
463 Old Taupo Road (South End), Rotorua
The price is NZ$94 per night from 30 Oct. to 30 Oct.
Located in Springfield, this campsite is within a 10-minute walk of Whakarewarewa Hot Springs and Te Puia New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Rotorua ...
4/5 Very Good! (186 reviews)
"The cabin was great. Very cosy. Beds were comfortable. The outdoor pool was nice. Indoor pools are in need of updating. Wish there were some plates and things available in the kitchen. Overall we enjoyed our stay."

Reviewed on 6 Aug. 2021

Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park
Quest Rotorua Central
Quest Rotorua Central
4 out of 5
1192 Hinemoa Street, Rotorua
The price is NZ$189 per night from 28 Oct. to 28 Oct.
Located in the heart of Rotorua, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rotorua Night Market and Rotorua Central Mall. Rotorua Arts Village and Tamaki ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (746 reviews)
"Great place, clean, modern and fresh, everything you could want and very quiet considering it’s right in the CBD. Staff are super friendly and helpful - Will be our regular place to stay when in Rotorua"

Reviewed on 18 Oct. 2021

Quest Rotorua Central
Pukaki Holiday Apartments
Pukaki Holiday Apartments
3.5 out of 5
1080 Pukaki Street, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
The price is NZ$219 per night from 28 Oct. to 28 Oct.
Located in the heart of Rotorua, this aparthotel is steps away from Rotorua i-SITE Visitor Centre and Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre. Eat Street ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (15 reviews)
"Very luxurious. No problems at all. Highly recommend. There are stairs so need to be fully mobile"

Reviewed on 31 Jan. 2021

Pukaki Holiday Apartments
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