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.

Where to stay in Rotorua

Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
4.5 out of 5
9-11 Tutanekai St, P O Box 348, Rotorua, 3201
The price is $92 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Rotorua. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 6 spa tubs. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (978 reviews)
"Really enjoyed beds, so soft and comfy"

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2022

Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
Pullman Rotorua
Pullman Rotorua
5 out of 5
1135 Arawa St, Rotorua, 3010
The price is $119 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 6
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Rotorua. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and valet parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (148 reviews)
"We loved our view. I wasn't that keen on the bathroom only being separated by glass doors as it reduced the amount of privacy whilst in the toilet. Our stay would have been perfect if the hotel had a mineral pool."

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2022

Pullman Rotorua
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
4.5 out of 5
1270 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua, 3010
The price is $92 per night from Jul 27 to Jul 28
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Rotorua. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
3.9/5 Good! (987 reviews)
"Was so amazing"

Reviewed on May 28, 2022

Millennium Hotel 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.
Quest Rotorua Central
Quest Rotorua Central
4 out of 5
1192 Hinemoa Street, Rotorua, 3010
The price is $105 per night from Jul 31 to Aug 1
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Rotorua. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (765 reviews)
"Great rooms, plenty of room with everything you need"

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2022

Quest Rotorua Central
Kings On Peace
Kings On Peace
4 out of 5
4A Peace Street, Fenton Park, Rotorua, 3010
The price is $112 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 26
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Rotorua. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and babysitting services. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (122 reviews)
"This was a spacious 1 bedroom apartment with fantastic ameniuies, including avorivate spa bath under the stars. The kitchen was really well equipped, including a dishwasher, and the beds comfortable. Super-friendly service, too."

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

Kings On Peace
Biking & Walking Tracks, Within Meters Of The Redwoods.
Biking & Walking Tracks, Within Meters Of The Redwoods.
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty Region
Stay at this apartment in Rotorua. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest and Racing Rotorua ...
5/5 Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Whakarewarewa stay
"Great place, super clean, lovely hosts and wonderful location"

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2022

Biking & Walking Tracks, Within Meters Of The Redwoods.
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.

Getting around Rotorua

To get the most out of your time in Rotorua you’ll want to be able to explore the countryside at will, which means renting a car is the best option; numerous international rental companies operate in town. For public transportation, the green CityRide bus services can be a convenient way of getting around, while taxis are easy to come by, too. Walking is the best way to experience Rotorua’s beautiful lakes and forests. Visit the Ministry of Transport website.Browse Rotorua rental cars.

Best time to visit

Given that Rotorua is all about exploring the great outdoors, the weather will be an important factor in the timing of your trip. The summer months of January to March have beautiful weather, with temperatures from around 69 to 84 F (21 to 29 C). This is also the busiest time. For smaller crowds, consider visiting in spring. Autumn is the wettest season, while winter is chilly, but not extremely so.

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