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RotoruaNew Zealand

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.

Where to stay in Rotorua

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Fenton Street

4.5/5Wonderful!(89 area reviews)

One reason travelers love spending time in Fenton Street is the luxurious spas, and Whakarewarewa Hot Springs is a top place to visit.

Fenton Street

Top Hotels in Rotorua

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Rydges Rotorua
Rydges Rotorua
4 out of 5
272 Fenton St, Rotorua
¥5,874
per night
Apr 11 - Apr 12

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

4/5Very Good! (1,726 reviews)

"We stayed in the King spa room. Great bed super comfy and the room itself was huge. Easy check in and dinner was great"…"

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2020

Rydges Rotorua
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
4.5 out of 5
1270 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua
¥9,448
per night
May 11 - May 12

This family-friendly Rotorua hotel is located near the boardwalk, just steps from Rotorua Arts Village and Tamaki Maori Village. Polynesian Spa is 0.2 mi (0.3 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,227 reviews)

"Fernando checking us in for the room. He is very tentative and caring our needs. Great smile."…"

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2020

Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Holiday Inn Rotorua
Holiday Inn Rotorua
4.5 out of 5
10 Tryon Street, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua
¥7,633
per night
May 5 - May 6

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

4.4/5Excellent! (1,909 reviews)

"All good Very nice breakfast buffet Would definitely go back"…"

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2020

Holiday Inn Rotorua

Popular things to do in Rotorua

Lake Rotorua
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Lake Rotorua

4.5/5(149 reviews)

One of the largest lakes on the North Island, this location offers an abundance of exciting activities as well as a fascinating geological and cultural history.

Lake Rotoiti
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Lake Rotoiti

4.5/5(20 reviews)

Marvel at the pristine Nelson Lakes National Park as you kayak across this magnificent lake to thermal pools and glow worm caves. 

Skyline Rotorua
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Skyline Rotorua

4.5/5(58 reviews)

Take in the splendid scenery during a gondola ride and jump in a luge cart to navigate your way down the exciting mountain track.

Polynesian Spa
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Polynesian Spa

4.5/5(40 reviews)

Set among the serene Government Gardens on the shores of Lake Rotorua, these hot pools are an idyllic place to relax and unwind.

Tamaki Maori Village
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Tamaki Maori Village

4.5/5(45 reviews)

Explore the exhibits at Tamaki Maori Village, a popular museum in Rotorua. Stroll along the lakeside or visit the spas in this relaxing area.

Lake Tikitapu
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Lake Tikitapu

4.5/5(25 reviews)

Explore one of the region’s most beautiful lakes and relax on the beach beside the sparkling water.

Top activities in Rotorua

Tauranga Cruise Excursion - Rotorua & Te Puia Tour
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Tauranga Cruise Excursion - Rotorua & Te Puia Tour

98% of travellers recommend
¥10,747
Per adult
Cultural Experience at Mitai Maori Village
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Cultural Experience at Mitai Maori Village

94% of travellers recommend
¥7,822
Per adult
Rotorua Geothermal Geysers & Lunch Tauranga Shore Excursion
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Rotorua Geothermal Geysers & Lunch Tauranga Shore Excursion

98% of travellers recommend
¥10,175
Per adult
Kaituna River Rafting Adventure
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Kaituna River Rafting Adventure

92% of travellers recommend
¥6,932
Per adult
Rotorua City & Lakes Tour
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Rotorua City & Lakes Tour

80% of travellers recommend
¥4,769
Per adult
Evening Kayak Tour to Manupirua Hot Pools & Glowworm Caves
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Evening Kayak Tour to Manupirua Hot Pools & Glowworm Caves

¥11,955
Per adult

Reviews of Rotorua

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
111
5 - Excellent 54.146341463414636%
4 - Good
82
4 - Good 40%
3 - Okay
11
3 - Okay 5.365853658536586%
2 - Disappointing
0
2 - Disappointing 0%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.4878048780487805%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 5, 2020

Such a neat town, so much to do and see. Tons of food options and activities Highly recommend

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 30, 2020

Saw lots of vacant buildings, seems a bit depressed. Really enjoyed activities in the area, especially the luge.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 27, 2020

Great spot to visit the geothermal pools, redwoods, lakes and enjoy the local scenery. Good options for eateries (Thursday night was local food street festival!!) and related items.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 10, 2019

Very quiet place, but plenty of attractions to choose from.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 1, 2019

Not many dining options and most close early in off season

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 26, 2019

Rotorua was amazing! Must go!

Cities in Rotorua

Lake Tarawera featuring a beach as well as a small group of people

Lake Tarawera

Mitai Maori Village

Kawaha Point

Lake Okareka showing a lake or waterhole

Lake Okareka

Hamurana which includes a river or creek and forest scenes

Hamurana

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