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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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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 AU$75 per night from 22 Jun. to 22 Jun.
This family-friendly Rotorua hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Rotorua i-SITE Visitor Centre and Polynesian Spa. Skyline Rotorua ...
4.2/5Excellent! (981 reviews)
"Nice place to spend a holiday in Rotorua, very central, enjoyed our room as well as the hot pools there. Great customer service. will be back for sure."

Reviewed on 11 Jun. 2021

Prince's Gate Hotel
Pullman Rotorua
Pullman Rotorua
5 out of 5
1135 Arawa St, Rotorua
The price is AU$221 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Situated in Rotorua, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Government Gardens and Polynesian Spa. Rotorua Central Mall and Rotorua Hospital are ...
4/5Very Good! (90 reviews)
"Very clean and modern hotel."

Reviewed on 31 May 2021

Pullman Rotorua
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
4.5 out of 5
1270 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua
The price is AU$158 per night from 1 Jul. to 1 Jul.
This family-friendly Rotorua hotel is located near the boardwalk, within a 5-minute walk of Rotorua Arts Village and Polynesian Spa. Rotorua Central Mall and ...
3.8/5Good! (989 reviews)
"Warm welcome and accomdating to our needs at check in, rooms warm and clean, service staff also very nice, thank you."

Reviewed on 7 Jun. 2021

Millennium Hotel Rotorua
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 AU$79 per night from 17 Jun. to 17 Jun.
Situated in the suburbs, this campsite is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Whakarewarewa Hot Springs and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Polynesian Spa. Te Puia New Zealand Maori Arts ...
4/5Very Good! (173 reviews)
"ロトルアで遊ぶのに利用しました。私が泊まったのはトイレ風呂キッチン無しのタイプでしたが、必要最低限のお皿やトースター、カトラリー、ケトルなどは付いていて短期間の利用なら全然問題無しだと思います。共同の温泉は3つ温度の違う湯船があって一番高いものは日本人にはとても気持ち良かったです。ドア付きの脱衣所がありましたが、清潔な感じではありません。かなり硫黄の匂いがキツいので、お風呂場にシャワーが付いていたら良かったなと思いました。"

Reviewed on 30 Apr. 2021

Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park
Kings On Peace
Kings On Peace
4 out of 5
4A Peace Street, Fenton Park, Rotorua
The price is AU$190 per night from 29 Jun. to 29 Jun.
Situated in Rotorua, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Racing Rotorua and Polynesian Spa. Whakarewarewa Hot Springs and Rotorua Golf Club are also within ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (103 reviews)
"Comfortable, modern furnished apartment"

Reviewed on 18 Apr. 2021

Kings On Peace
Cosy Cottage Thermal Holiday Park
Cosy Cottage Thermal Holiday Park
2.5 out of 5
67-69 Whittaker Road, Rotorua
The price is AU$82 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
With direct access to the beach, this Rotorua cabin is within 3 mi (5 km) of Rotorua Hospital, Polynesian Spa and Lake Rotorua. Skyline Rotorua is 2 mi (3.3 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (159 reviews)
"Hot pools, swimming pool, shared use hangi oven, kitchen etc was good. Would be great if all rooms had attached bathroom."

Reviewed on 18 Apr. 2021

Cosy Cottage Thermal Holiday Park
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.

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