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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
Holiday Inn Rotorua
Holiday Inn Rotorua
4.5 out of 5
10 Tryon Street, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua
The price is NZ$140 per night

This family-friendly Rotorua hotel is steps away from Whakarewarewa Hot Springs and Whakarewarewa: The Living Maori Village. Polynesian Spa is 2.5 mi (4 km) ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (985 reviews)

"Good for the price. Interesting location. Greatest staff."…"

Reviewed on 14 Jun. 2020

Holiday Inn Rotorua
Rydges Rotorua
Rydges Rotorua
4 out of 5
272 Fenton St, Rotorua
The price is NZ$179 per night

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

3.6/5Good! (989 reviews)

"I liked the spacious room. The food was okay. I enjoyed taking a pa in the tub. It was quiet for the most part."…"

Reviewed on 7 Jun. 2020

Rydges Rotorua
Jet Park Hotel Rotorua
Jet Park Hotel Rotorua
4 out of 5
237 Fenton Street, Corner Victoria Street, Rotorua
The price is NZ$152 per night

Located in Fenton Street, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Rotorua Central Mall and Polynesian Spa. Rotorua Arts Village and Tamaki Maori Village are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (987 reviews)

"Friendly helpful staff, excellent value for money. Room clean, warm and tidy. A very minor issue - narrlow parking spaces"…"

Reviewed on 21 Jun. 2020

Jet Park Hotel Rotorua

Popular places to visit in Rotorua

Lake Rotorua
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Lake Rotorua

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

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

Polynesian Spa
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Polynesian Spa

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

Skyline Rotorua
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Skyline Rotorua

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

Mitai Maori Village
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Mitai Maori Village

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

Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest
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Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest

Walk, cycle or ride a horse through this picturesque forest filled with a magnificent array of trees from around the world.

Top activities in Rotorua

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

NZ$130
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Off the Beaten Track - Glowworm Cave Eco Tour - Waitomo
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Off the Beaten Track - Glowworm Cave Eco Tour - Waitomo

NZ$159
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Tauranga Cruise Excursion - Rotorua & Te Puia Tour
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Tauranga Cruise Excursion - Rotorua & Te Puia Tour

NZ$169
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Geyser Wonderland Morning Tour
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Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Geyser Wonderland Morning Tour

NZ$116
Per adult
Eco Thermal Park Tour
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Eco Thermal Park Tour

NZ$160
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Geothermal Lakeside Bathing Experience - Deluxe Lake Spa
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Geothermal Lakeside Bathing Experience - Deluxe Lake Spa

NZ$60
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Rotorua

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good 46.057571964956196%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 6.320400500625782%
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2 - Disappointing 0.37546933667083854%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Jun. 2020

After covid 19 some shops and restaurants were still closed otherwise a very nice place to visit

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

7 Jun. 2020

Most place were still closed!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Jun. 2020

Love it, could consider buying a house down here :)

5/5 - Excellent

Mel

1 Jun. 2020

great place to visit

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

31 May 2020

Great place for a family holiday. Lots of activities to do and plently of free options.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

31 May 2020

The luge is horrendously expensive and gives rotorua a bad reputation. Went with family and highly recomend the redwood tree walk, paradise farm and lady knox guiser as very reasonably priced and good fun

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