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Rotorua

Experience traditional Māori culture amid magnificent North Island scenery in this city known for its redwood forests, expansive lakes and delightful geothermal spas.

Discover the beautiful attractions of Rotorua, which was founded by a Māori explorer in the 14th century. Enjoy the area's sweeping beauty, fertile lakes and geothermal pools, which have barely changed since Ihenga’s time. 

Rotorua is known for its scenic waterways, including 18 lakes and three rivers. Experience Lake Rotorua with a rented kayak and explore caves illuminated by glow worms. Enjoy the calm as you fish by the lakeside or watch the sunset from a paddle-steamer cruise.

Refresh and revitalise your body at one of Rotorua's many spa attractions. Return to nature with a dip in a forest thermal stream. For a total pampering experience, visit one of the many spa complexes and feel the healing power of geothermal waters, Māori massage and herbal treatments.

Farther afield, try waterskiing on the artificial Lake Ohakuri. Wrestle with white water on a fast-paced tour down the Kaituna River Rapids. For something with a slower pace, take a relaxing daytrip to the isolated Lake Rerewhakaaitu and camp by the water's edge. 

Cycle or hike within Rotorua's lofty forests. The Redwoods is 5,600-hectares (12,800-acres) of forest stretched over rugged terrain. Over 70 trails pass through the Redwoods, offering options for all skill levels. 

Discover Māori culture while watching traditional dance performances at Whakarewarewa Māori Village. Visit the Buried Village of Te Wairoa to learn about the disastrous 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera. See items recovered from the aftermath.

Rotorua is situated on New Zealand's North Island. Travel between attractions using a rental car or book tour buses from local operators. Finish your day exploring the area with a Twilight Spa at the Hells Gate Mud Bath and Sulphur Spa Complex, which opens until 10pm for this special experience. By day you can explore the Hells Gate geothermal park on a guided walk past bubbling mud, hot water lakes and coloured pools. After your walk, relax in the warm mud baths, get a massage and enjoy a meal at the on-site café. Hells Gate is just under 20 minutes’ drive east from the centre of Rotorua.


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AU$118
Holiday Inn Rotorua

Holiday Inn Rotorua

10 Tryon Street, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua
4.1
of 5, from 232 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Rotorua hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Whakarewarewa: The Living Maori Village, Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, and Rotorua Golf Club. Te Puia New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and Racing Rotorua are also within 1 mi (2 km).

AU$142
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside

Novotel Rotorua Lakeside

9-11 Tutanekai St, Rotorua
4.1
of 5, from 294 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Rotorua, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Matariki Hangi & Maori Cultural Performance, Rotorua Night Market, and Rotorua i-SITE Visitor Centre. Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre and Rotorua Hospital are also within 10 minutes.

AU$113
Rydges Rotorua

Rydges Rotorua

272 Fenton St, Rotorua
3.6
of 5, from 185 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Fenton Street, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Racing Rotorua and Rotorua Central Mall. Rotorua Arts Village and Tamaki Maori Village are also within 1 mi (2 km).

AU$134
Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Millennium Hotel Rotorua

1270 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua
3.9
of 5, from 279 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Rotorua hotel is located on a lake, just steps from Rotorua Arts Village and Tamaki Maori Village. Rotorua Central Mall and Rotorua Night Market are also within 10 minutes.

AU$82
Lake Rotorua Hotel

Lake Rotorua Hotel

131 Lake Road, Rotorua
3.8
of 5, from 139 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the suburbs, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Rotorua Hospital, Tama-te-Kapua Meeting House, and St. Faith's Anglican Church. Kuirau Park and Matariki Hangi & Maori Cultural Performance are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Lakeview Heights B&B Farmstay

Lakeview Heights B&B Farmstay

269 Te Waerenga Road, Rotorua
4.2
of 5, from 4 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Hamurana, this luxury bed & breakfast is within 9 mi (15 km) of Okere Falls Scenic Reserve, Agrodome, and Zorb. Mokoia Island and Ogo are also within 9 mi (15 km).

AU$126
Princes Gate Hotel

Princes Gate Hotel

1057 Arawa Street, Rotorua
3.9
of 5, from 171 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Rotorua hotel is located near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of Rotorua i-SITE Visitor Centre, Government Gardens, and Tamaki Maori Village. Rotorua Arts Village and Rotorua Museum are also within 5 minutes.

AU$80
Apollo Hotel Rotorua

Apollo Hotel Rotorua

7 Tryon Street, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua
3.8
of 5, from 50 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Rotorua, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Whakarewarewa: The Living Maori Village, Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, and Rotorua Golf Club. Te Puia New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and Racing Rotorua are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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