Rotorua

Travel Guide
Rotorua showing a hot spring
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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Jet Park Hotel Rotorua
Jet Park Hotel Rotorua
4 out of 5
237 Fenton Street, Corner Victoria Street, Rotorua, 3010
The price is AU$146 per night from 18 Aug. to 19 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Rotorua. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
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Jet Park Hotel Rotorua
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
4.5 out of 5
9-11 Tutanekai St, P O Box 348, Rotorua, 3201
The price is AU$162 per night from 31 Aug. to 1 Sep.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Rotorua. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 6 hot tubs. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (995 reviews)
"Had an enjoyable stay. Pool was not as warm as expected. Great food and free laundry facilities. Will definately stay there again"

Reviewed on 4 Aug. 2022

Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
4.5 out of 5
1270 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua, 3010
The price is AU$162 per night from 18 Aug. to 19 Aug.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Rotorua. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
3.9/5 Good! (1,000 reviews)
"Great staff and service. Nice pool and spa. Room was dated and shower head was rusty But overall the experience was great."

Reviewed on 13 Aug. 2022

Millennium Hotel Rotorua
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Quest Rotorua Central
Quest Rotorua Central
4 out of 5
1192 Hinemoa Street, Rotorua, 3010
The price is AU$180 per night from 31 Aug. to 1 Sep.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Rotorua. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (780 reviews)
"With Commonwealth games in full swing Sky TV access would have been a bonus."

Reviewed on 8 Aug. 2022

Quest Rotorua Central
Kings On Peace
Kings On Peace
4 out of 5
4A Peace Street, Fenton Park, Rotorua, 3010
The price is AU$192 per night from 31 Aug. to 1 Sep.
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Rotorua. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and babysitting services. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in their ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (125 reviews)
"These apartments were a delightful and wonderful experience. They were everything an more from the reviews and description about the apartments online. Highly recommend a stay here"

Reviewed on 9 Aug. 2022

Kings On Peace
Lakeside apartment close to city
Lakeside apartment close to city
Ohinemutu, Bay Of Plenty
Stay at this apartment in Rotorua. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a patio. Popular attractions St. Faith's Anglican Church and Tama-te-Kapua Meeting House ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (5 reviews)
Very convenient
"Everything was easy and no hassle. Enjoyed the location and view.."

Reviewed on 1 Feb. 2022

Lakeside apartment close to city
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