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Rotorua
Travel Guide

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 ¥8,508 per night from Jun 30 to Jun 30
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! (975 reviews)
"Lovely tidy old style hotel"

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

Prince's Gate Hotel
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
4.5 out of 5
1270 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua
The price is ¥11,403 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
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 Jun 7, 2021

Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Pullman Rotorua
Pullman Rotorua
5 out of 5
1135 Arawa St, Rotorua
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥16,026 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
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 May 31, 2021

Pullman 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.
Well Appointed Bach at Hinehopu
Well Appointed Bach at Hinehopu
Lake Rotoiti, Bay of Plenty Region
The price is ¥12,338 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
Situated on a lake, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Rotoiti and within 9 mi (15 km) of Lake Rotoehu and Hell's Gate and Wai Ora Spa. Lake Rotoiti ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (36 reviews)
Awesome View. Friendly helpful hostess.
"Loved our stay and would stay again. Thankyou for putting the heaters on for us. Thankyou."

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

Well Appointed Bach at Hinehopu
Stunning Lake Views Famous for Trout Fishing
Stunning Lake Views Famous for Trout Fishing
Rototai, Bay of Plenty Region
This family-friendly Rototai vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotoehu. Lake Rotoma and Hell's Gate and Wai Ora Spa are also within ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (45 reviews)
Great little charm at the right front from the Lake Rotoiti.
"Word cannot describe this beautiful caravan. Small but with full necessity. This was my second visit but I will be having more chance to come to stay and fish."

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2021

Stunning Lake Views Famous for Trout Fishing
Lakefront Sublime - Lake Rotoiti Holiday Home
Lakefront Sublime - Lake Rotoiti Holiday Home
Rototai, Bay of Plenty Region
Situated in Rototai, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Rotoiti and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Lake Rotoehu. Lake Rotoma and Hell's Gate and Wai Ora Spa ...
4/5Very Good! (1 review)
Awesome stay
"We enjoyed our stay. The view is awesome. The house feels safe and most of the stuff you will need is provided. Thank you!"

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2020

Lakefront Sublime - Lake Rotoiti Holiday Home
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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