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Holidays To Rotorua

Thanks to its location in the Taupo Volcanic Zone, Rotorua is a city full of adventure and unique scenery. 
Take a kayak or paddle steamer around one of the region’s 18 incredibly blue lakes, including massive Lake Rotorua. In this region, steam escapes from crevices in the ground, gardens bloom alongside bubbling craters and geysers shoot for the sky. And when you need to chill out, you can sit back in a healing thermal mud bath. From traditional Maori culture to art galleries and museums, Rotorua is a fascinating part of New Zealand. Book your Rotorua accommodation with us for a region where even the mud is a tourist attraction.

History

A Maori explorer named Ihenga founded Rotorua in the 14th century. Shortly after his discovery, other Maori began arriving by canoe, and the area was named after the Maori word for “second lake”. Despite suffering a series of earthquakes in 1886, Rotorua has been popular with visitors for more than 200 years, and a “special town district” was created in 1883 to promote Rotorua’s spas.

Things to do

Lake Rotorua is the biggest of Rotorua’s 18 lakes. And at 79kms, it’s the second biggest lake on the North Island. This lake is yours to enjoy when you go parasailing, take a kayaking lesson or enjoy a cruise (and a meal) on a paddle steamer. If adventure activities rev you up, Rotorua has plenty. Agroventures Adventure Park has a bungy jump, a wind tunnel and the world’s only Schweeb monorail, which YOU keep in motion by pedalling. 

If dangling above the forest floor is more your style, try a zipline. Rotorua’s forests also have some of the best mountain biking trails you’re likely to roll down. Cyclists of all skill levels can bike “The Redwoods”, also known as Whakarewarewa Forest. The tall Californian Redwoods here mingle with native ferns and Eucalypts, and you can catch sight of Rotorua’s lakes and mountains as you roll along.

Rotorua’s geothermal activity is one of its biggest attractions. Test out the healing powers of geothermal mud (which Maori have historically used to ease joint and muscle pain) at Hells Gate, a wellness centre far more pleasant than its name suggests. For something a little more…well, explosive, make sure you visit Te Puia. This place is known as NZ’s living Maori cultural centre, and it’s the home of traditional arts and crafts and more than 500 other geothermal goodies, including Pohutu Geyser. This geyser’s eruptions can last anywhere from a few minutes to a number of days. Now THAT’S dedication.

Roughly a 90-minute drive from Rotorua you’ll find Tarawera Falls, a short but very sweet waterfall walk. Crystal clear water gushes down this 35-metre waterfall, surrounded by native bushland.
Shopping and dining

Rotorua has its share of shopping: fashion boutiques, book stores, mountain bike shops and art galleries. The dining scene includes everything from restaurants that serve up traditional Maori cuisine, to Mexican and Italian, to fine dining, cafes and pubs. Beneath a covered walkway, Eat Streat (yes, it’s spelt that way) is an excellent choice if you want variety in a hurry, with high-quality restaurants, cafes and a cool ice-cream parlour.

Getting here

Bundle your Rotorua hotels and flights together with us for an easier, cheaper trip, so that you can focus on seeing as much of Rotorua as possible.

Things to do in Rotorua

Life's too short to jealously scroll through pictures of other people's holidays. It's time to get cracking and see what this big old world has to offer.

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Guide to Exploring Rotorua

Top Rotorua Hotels

Rydges Rotorua

Rydges Rotorua

272 Fenton St, Rotorua
    4.0 out of 5.0
     
     
    4.2 out of 5 (995 reviews)

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

    from NZ$119

    Millennium Hotel Rotorua

    Millennium Hotel Rotorua

    1270 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua
      4.5 out of 5.0
       
       
      4.3 out of 5 (995 reviews)

      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 ...

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      Holiday Inn Rotorua

      Holiday Inn Rotorua

      10 Tryon Street, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua
        4.5 out of 5.0
         
         
        4.5 out of 5 (798 reviews)

        This family-friendly Rotorua hotel is steps away from Whakarewarewa Hot Springs and Whakarewarewa: The Living Maori Village. Tamaki Maori Village and Polynesian ...

        from NZ$134

        Ramada Resort By Wyndham Rotorua Marama

        Ramada Resort By Wyndham Rotorua Marama

        1420 Hamurana Road, RD4, Rotorua, Mourea
          4.0 out of 5.0
           
           
          4.4 out of 5 (91 reviews)

          Situated in a rural location, this apartment building is Lake Rotoiti and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Okere Falls Scenic Reserve. Hell's Gate and Wai Ora Spa and Te ...

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          ibis Rotorua

          ibis Rotorua

          Lake End Rangiuru Street, Po Box 348, Rotorua
            3.5 out of 5.0
             
             
            4.4 out of 5 (353 reviews)

            Located in the heart of Rotorua, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Eat Street and Tamaki Maori Village. Polynesian Spa and Skyline Rotorua are also within ...

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            Novotel Rotorua Lakeside

            Novotel Rotorua Lakeside

            9-11 Tutanekai St, P O Box 348, Rotorua
              4.5 out of 5.0
               
               
              4.4 out of 5 (533 reviews)

              This family-friendly Rotorua hotel is located in the shopping district, within a 15-minute walk of Matariki Hangi & Maori Cultural Performance, Tamaki Maori ...

              from NZ$169

              Lake Rotorua Hotel

              Lake Rotorua Hotel

              131 Lake Road, Koutu, Rotorua
                4.0 out of 5.0
                 
                 
                3.6 out of 5 (212 reviews)

                Situated in the suburbs, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Rotorua Hospital, Tamaki Maori Village and Rotorua Central Mall. Skyline Rotorua and Polynesian ...

                from NZ$109

                Four Canoes Hotel

                Four Canoes Hotel

                273 Fenton Street, Rotorua
                  3.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   
                  2.8 out of 5 (120 reviews)

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

                  from NZ$98

                  VR Rotorua Lake Resort

                  VR Rotorua Lake Resort

                  366 State Highway 33, Mourea
                    4.5 out of 5.0
                     
                     
                    4.4 out of 5 (583 reviews)

                    Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is Lake Rotoiti and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Okere Falls Scenic Reserve. Hell's Gate and Wai Ora Spa and Te Amorangi ...

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                    Jet Park Hotel Rotorua

                    Jet Park Hotel Rotorua

                    237 Fenton Street, Corner Victoria Street, Rotorua
                      4.0 out of 5.0
                       
                       
                      4.3 out of 5 (275 reviews)

                      Located in Fenton Street, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rotorua Central Mall and Tamaki Maori Village. Polynesian Spa is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away.

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