Rotorua

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Rotorua featuring a hot spring

Visitors flock to this geothermal site to enjoy its hot springs, mud pools, watersports and fascinating Maori culture.

Rotorua, which sits squarely on the Volcanic Plateau and the Pacific Rim of Fire, is built over one of the world’s geothermal hotspots. Large numbers of visitors come to Rotorua every year for its numerous geothermal attractions, as well as its Maori cultural heritage and wide choice of adventure sports.

The city sits on the shore of Rotorua Lake in the Bay of Plenty area on New Zealand’s North Island. The area is well known for trout fishing and boating opportunities. Rent fishing equipment or enquire about local tour operators in town.

Many of the famous hot springs, colorful crater lakes and bubbling pools are located in parks and reserves such as Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Soak in a geothermal mud bath, marvel at geysers erupting almost 100 feet (30 meters) into the air, and take a scenic flight to nearby White Island, the country’s only active marine volcano.

Make time for a visit to The Buried Village. It was covered with ash when adjacent Mount Tarawera erupted in 1886. Today, the site has a museum, nature trail and teahouse. Nearby Rainbow Springs Nature Park has beautifully sculptured ponds filed with fish. See Kiwi birds and other creatures native to New Zealand.

Discover the culture of the Te Arawa people, who settled in the area more than 600 years ago. At Tamaki Maori Village, see how villagers used the hot springs to bathe and do laundry. Try a hangi feast, which is cooked by steaming the food in the ground, and watch performances of Maori songs and war dance.

Adventure seekers will find plenty of things to do in Rotorua. Try skydiving, mountain biking, whitewater rafting or zorbing. Activites are organised by various operators around the city. In winter, head for the North Island’s ski slopes, easily accessed via Rotorua’s international airport.

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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 ¥9,764 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 20
This family-friendly Rotorua hotel is located near the airport, just steps from Rotorua i-SITE Visitor Centre and Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre. ...
4.2/5Excellent! (981 reviews)
"Easy access to everything"

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2021

Prince's Gate Hotel
Pullman Rotorua
Pullman Rotorua
5 out of 5
1135 Arawa St, Rotorua
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥14,734 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 20
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 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (119 reviews)
"Lake view was spectacular"

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2021

Pullman Rotorua
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
4.5 out of 5
9-11 Tutanekai St, P O Box 348, Rotorua
The price is ¥11,370 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
This family-friendly Rotorua hotel is located in a shopping district, within a 15-minute walk of Matariki Hangi & Maori Cultural Performance and Polynesian Spa. ...
4.1/5Very Good! (986 reviews)
"Overall Property is safe and tidy. 1 thing we did not like is the staff / reception desk at Atlas Cafe. the way she ask question is a bit rude. we did not come there to eat free breakfast, WE PAID FOR IT!. she should ask a bit politely. staff in Reception are all friendly and accommodating."

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2021

Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
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 ¥6,072 per night from Sep 22 to Sep 22
Located in Springfield, this campground is within a 10-minute walk of Whakarewarewa Hot Springs and Te Puia New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Rotorua ...
4/5Very Good! (183 reviews)
"The cabin was great. Very cosy. Beds were comfortable. The outdoor pool was nice. Indoor pools are in need of updating. Wish there were some plates and things available in the kitchen. Overall we enjoyed our stay."

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2021

Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park
Kings On Peace
Kings On Peace
4 out of 5
4A Peace Street, Fenton Park, Rotorua
The price is ¥14,465 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Located in Fenton Park, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Racing Rotorua and Whakarewarewa Hot Springs. Rotorua Golf Club and Te Puia New Zealand ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (110 reviews)
"Excellent property pretty clean with all amenities and dryer and washer was a bonus"

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2021

Kings On Peace
Quest Rotorua Central
Quest Rotorua Central
4 out of 5
1192 Hinemoa Street, Rotorua
The price is ¥12,716 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 20
Located in the heart of Rotorua, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rotorua Night Market and Rotorua Central Mall. Rotorua Arts Village and Tamaki ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (736 reviews)
"Close to what we needed. Had excellent amenities in room and Duty manager very helpful and informative"

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2021

Quest Rotorua Central
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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