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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.

Still got a bit of space on your itinerary? Here are our suggestions:

Need insider tips on must-see attractions in Rotorua? Check out our Rotorua travel guide!


Guide to Exploring Rotorua

Family Hotels in Rotorua

Holiday Inn Rotorua

Holiday Inn Rotorua

10 Tryon Street, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua
    4.5 out of 5.0
     
     
    4.5 out of 5 (799 reviews)

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

    from AU$118

    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.

      from AU$120

      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 AU$89

        Regal Palms Resort

        Regal Palms Resort

        350 Fenton Street, Rotorua
          5.0 out of 5.0
           
           
          4.8 out of 5 (312 reviews)

          Located in Fenton Street, this family-friendly Rotorua motel is within a 10-minute walk of Whakarewarewa Hot Springs and Rotorua Golf Club. Tamaki Maori Village ...

          from AU$195

          Romantic Hotels in Rotorua

          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 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Rotoiti and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Okere Falls Scenic Reserve. Hell's Gate and Wai Ora ...

            from AU$93

            Silver Fern Accommodation & Spa

            Silver Fern Accommodation & Spa

            326 Fenton Street, Rotorua
              4.0 out of 5.0
               
               
              4.8 out of 5 (247 reviews)

              Located in Fenton Street, this spa motel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Tamaki Maori Village, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Rotorua Night Market and Rotorua Hospital. Redwoods ...

              from AU$145

              Hamurana Lodge

              Hamurana Lodge

              415 Hamurana Road RD7, Rotorua
                4.0 out of 5.0
                 
                 
                4.8 out of 5 (67 reviews)

                Situated in the suburbs, this luxury bed & breakfast is within 6 mi (10 km) of Agrodome, Ogo and Mitai Maori Village. Skyline Rotorua and Lake Rotorua are also ...

                from AU$142

                Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort

                Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort

                77 Robinson Avenue, Holden's Bay, Rotorua
                   
                   
                  4.5 out of 5 (117 reviews)

                  Situated in Rotorua, this luxury hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Te Amorangi Museum and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Lake Rotoiti. Rotorua Golf Club and Government Gardens ...

                  from AU$149

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