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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.

Top Hotels in Rotorua

Holiday Inn Rotorua
Holiday Inn Rotorua
4.5 out of 5
10 Tryon Street, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua
The price is CA $105 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

This family-friendly Rotorua hotel is steps away from Whakarewarewa Hot Springs and Whakarewarewa: The Living Maori Village. Polynesian Spa is 2.5 mi (4 km) ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (978 reviews)

"The Holiday Inn is ideal for families with kids. Our room was clean, comfortable and well-equipped - the coffee machine was a nice bonus. We had a lovely view overlooking nearby thermal action and greenery and the pool/spa area. The kids loved the heated pool, and could have spend all day swimming. ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 7, 2020

Holiday Inn Rotorua
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
4.5 out of 5
1270 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua
The price is CA $127 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28

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 ...

3.9/5Good! (977 reviews)

"The staff were absolutely wonderful, friendly, courteous and welcoming. The facilities were also great and the bed was the most comfortable I've slept in. I would definitely recommend."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 8, 2020

Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Lake Rotorua Hotel
Lake Rotorua Hotel
4 out of 5
131 Lake Road, Koutu, Rotorua
The price is CA $71 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 30

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 ...

3.8/5Good! (836 reviews)

"Nice enough place to stay but it’s a bit tired and and the exterior could do with an upgrade. My room was spacious and comfortable. Not a lot of parking but it didn’t matter because occupancy was low. No idea where cars would park if they were full. Big complaint though about the overflowing skip ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 14, 2020

Lake Rotorua Hotel
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.

Vacation Rentals in Rotorua

Quest Rotorua Central
Quest Rotorua Central
4 out of 5
1192 Hinemoa Street, Rotorua
The price is CA $135 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 30

Located in the heart of Rotorua, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rotorua Night Market and Polynesian Spa. Skyline Rotorua and Lake Rotorua are ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (698 reviews)

"Overall really good service. Convenient in walking distance"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 23, 2020

Quest Rotorua Central
Ramada Resort By Wyndham Rotorua Marama
Ramada Resort By Wyndham Rotorua Marama
4 out of 5
1420 Hamurana Road, RD4, Rotorua, Mourea
The price is CA $135 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 22

Situated in a rural location, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Rotoiti and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Okere Falls Scenic Reserve. Hell's Gate and Wai Ora ...

4.4/5Excellent! (318 reviews)

"Great facilities, quiet secluded location that has everything you need (particularly when traveling with baby), staff was very attentive and our daughter loved the ducks and swans that would come to say hello every morning :) Great place if you don't mind being out of the town center. Perfect for ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 15, 2020

Ramada Resort By Wyndham Rotorua Marama
Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park
Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park
3.5 out of 5
463 Old Taupo Road (South End), Rotorua
The price is CA $68 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

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! (161 reviews)

"Great place to stay .clean, hassle free,nice pools"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 9, 2020

Rotorua 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.

Popular places to visit in Rotorua

Lake Rotorua
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Lake Rotorua

4.5/5(42 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(6 reviews)

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

Polynesian Spa
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Polynesian Spa

4.5/5(10 reviews)

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

Skyline Rotorua
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Skyline Rotorua

5/5(7 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.

Mitai Maori Village
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Mitai Maori Village

4/5(12 reviews)

For a great insight into Māori customs and way of life, sign up for this magical, entertaining and educational cultural experience.

Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest
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Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest

4.5/5(12 reviews)

Walk, cycle or ride a horse through this picturesque forest filled with a magnificent array of trees from around the world.

Top things to do in Rotorua

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

CA $77
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Waitomo Glowworm Caves Boat Tour
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Boat Tour

CA $48
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Tamaki Maori Village Cultural Discovery & Hangi Feast
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Tamaki Maori Village Cultural Discovery & Hangi Feast

CA $113
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Tauranga Cruise Excursion - Rotorua & Te Puia Tour
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Tauranga Cruise Excursion - Rotorua & Te Puia Tour

CA $147
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Rotorua City & Lakes Tour
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Rotorua City & Lakes Tour

CA $65
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
3D Trick Art Gallery
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3D Trick Art Gallery

CA $20
Per adult

Reviews of Rotorua

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Bob

Jan 4, 2020

Te Puia is a must see. I also like to see the Buried Village and the Waterfall within the site

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 15, 2019

A little sticky because of the Sulphur but really a little town. We went to Hells gate which is nearby too and they was cool. The water front was beautiful. You have to visit this place!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Oct 21, 2019

Great place to visit

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Apr 19, 2019

We did not find the sulphur odour to be as offensive as it's sometimes made out to be. We enjoyed our visit to Wai-o-Tapu as well as hiking and mountain biking in the redwood forests.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 31, 2019

Nice little city but the smell

5/5 - Excellent

Linda

Mar 24, 2019

We drove to Wai-O-Tapu, the geothermal area. It is a well designed area with boardwalks around the area. Also enjoyed the Tamaki Maori Village and stayed to enjoy the Hangi feast.

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