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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.

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


Guide to Exploring Rotorua

Best Rotorua Flight + Hotel Holiday Deals

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Holiday Inn Rotorua

Holiday Inn Rotorua

10 Tryon Street, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua
    4.5 out of 5.0
     
     
    4.5 out of 5 (689 reviews)

    This family-friendly Rotorua hotel is steps from Whakarewarewa Hot Springs and Whakarewarewa: The Living Maori Village. Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and Rotorua ...

    Holiday Inn RotoruaAU$132

    Holiday Inn RotoruaAU$132
    Jet Park Hotel Rotorua

    Jet Park Hotel Rotorua

    237 Fenton Street, Rotorua
      4.0 out of 5.0
       
       
      4.3 out of 5 (210 reviews)

      Located in Fenton Street, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rotorua Central Mall, Rotorua Arts Village, and Tamaki Maori Village. Sir Howard Morrison ...

      Jet Park Hotel RotoruaAU$164

      Jet Park Hotel RotoruaAU$164
      Novotel Rotorua Lakeside

      Novotel Rotorua Lakeside

      9-11 Tutanekai St, Rotorua
        4.5 out of 5.0
         
         
        4.4 out of 5 (501 reviews)

        This family-friendly Rotorua hotel is located in a shopping district, just steps from Matariki Hangi & Maori Cultural Performance and Eat Street. Rotorua Night ...

        Novotel Rotorua LakesideAU$213

        Novotel Rotorua LakesideAU$213
        Millennium Hotel Rotorua

        Millennium Hotel Rotorua

        1270 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua
          4.5 out of 5.0
           
           
          4.4 out of 5 (1,001 reviews)

          This family-friendly Rotorua hotel is located on a lake, just steps from Rotorua Arts Village and Tamaki Maori Village. Rotorua Central Mall and Rotorua Night ...

          Millennium Hotel RotoruaAU$125

          Millennium Hotel RotoruaAU$125
          Rydges Rotorua

          Rydges Rotorua

          272 Fenton St, Rotorua
            4.0 out of 5.0
             
             
            4.3 out of 5 (1,011 reviews)

            Located in Fenton Street, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Racing Rotorua and Whakarewarewa Hot Springs. Rotorua Central Mall and Rotorua Arts ...

            Rydges RotoruaAU$136

            Rydges RotoruaAU$136
            Copthorne Hotel Rotorua

            Copthorne Hotel Rotorua

            328-348 Fenton Street, Rotorua
              4.0 out of 5.0
               
               
              3.9 out of 5 (476 reviews)

              Situated in the business district, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Whakarewarewa Hot Springs and Racing Rotorua. Rotorua Golf Club and ...

              Copthorne Hotel RotoruaAU$106

              Copthorne Hotel RotoruaAU$106
              ibis Rotorua

              ibis Rotorua

              Lake End Rangiuru Street, Rotorua
                3.5 out of 5.0
                 
                 
                4.4 out of 5 (327 reviews)

                Situated in Rotorua, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Eat Street and Matariki Hangi & Maori Cultural Performance. Rotorua Hospital and Tama-te-Kapua Meeting ...

                ibis RotoruaAU$117

                ibis RotoruaAU$117
                Quest Rotorua Central

                Quest Rotorua Central

                1192 Hinemoa Street, Rotorua
                  4.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   
                  4.9 out of 5 (107 reviews)

                  Located in the heart of Rotorua, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Rotorua Night Market and Rotorua Central Mall. Rotorua Arts Village and ...

                  Quest Rotorua CentralAU$222

                  Quest Rotorua CentralAU$222
                  Sudima Lake Rotorua

                  Sudima Lake Rotorua

                  1000 Eruera Street, Rotorua
                    4.0 out of 5.0
                     
                     
                    4.0 out of 5 (395 reviews)

                    Located in the heart of Rotorua, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Polynesian Spa, Rotorua Arts Village, and Blue Baths. Tamaki Maori Village and Government ...

                    Sudima Lake RotoruaAU$135

                    Sudima Lake RotoruaAU$135
                    Alpin Motel & Conference Centre

                    Alpin Motel & Conference Centre

                    16 Sala Street, Rotorua
                      3.5 out of 5.0
                       
                       
                      4.4 out of 5 (200 reviews)

                      Situated in Rotorua, this golf apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Whakarewarewa Hot Springs and Whakarewarewa: The Living Maori Village. Rotorua ...

                      Alpin Motel & Conference CentreAU$111

                      Alpin Motel & Conference CentreAU$111

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