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RotoruaNew Zealand

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.

Top hotels in Rotorua

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
4.5 out of 5
1270 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua
The price is AU$139 per night

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! (2,243 reviews)

"Very quite place and spacious room. Clean and comfortable beds are strongly recommend. Would definitely stay again. Specially thanks to all the staffs"…"

Reviewed on 18 May 2020

Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Regent of Rotorua
Regent of Rotorua
4.5 out of 5
1191 Pukaki St, Rotorua
The price is AU$125 per night

Situated in Rotorua, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Eat Street and Tamaki Maori Village. Polynesian Spa and Skyline Rotorua are also within ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (565 reviews)

"Close to Eat Street very nice good parking great staff"…"

Reviewed on 27 May 2020

Regent of Rotorua
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
4.5 out of 5
9-11 Tutanekai St, P O Box 348, Rotorua
The price is AU$158 per night

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! (1,506 reviews)

"Great stay definitely going back for another visit and will be staying at the Novotel lakeside."…"

Reviewed on 24 May 2020

Novotel Rotorua Lakeside

Popular places to visit in Rotorua

Lake Rotorua
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Lake Rotorua

4.5/5(647 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(364 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(186 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(161 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
AU$83
Per adult
Eco Thermal Park Tour
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Eco Thermal Park Tour

94% of travellers recommend
AU$149
Per adult
Whakarewarewa - Guided Tour & Maori Cultural Performance
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Whakarewarewa - Guided Tour & Maori Cultural Performance

96% of travellers recommend
AU$37
Per adult
Tauranga Cruise Excursion - Rotorua & Te Puia Tour
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Tauranga Cruise Excursion - Rotorua & Te Puia Tour

98% of travellers recommend
AU$158
Per adult
Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Geyser Wonderland Morning Tour
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Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Geyser Wonderland Morning Tour

AU$109
Per adult
Rotorua Tour from Auckland with Optional Extras
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Rotorua Tour from Auckland with Optional Extras

88% of travellers recommend
AU$272
Per adult

Reviews of Rotorua

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good 46.13418530351438%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 6.198083067092652%
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2 - Disappointing 0.38338658146964855%
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4/5 - Good

Sina

27 May 2020

Really enjoyed staying here and look forward to staying in the near future.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 May 2020

The power went off during the last night of our stay

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 May 2020

Love Rotorua always delivers

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 May 2020

So good to return here for some R&R after the COVID lockdown. Enjoyed experiencing the town without hoards of foreign tourists this time.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 May 2020

Love Rotorua. One of my fav spots in the North Island.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

17 May 2020

Enjoyed shopping and hot pools

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