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

Jet Park Hotel Rotorua
Jet Park Hotel Rotorua
4 out of 5
237 Fenton Street, Corner Victoria Street, Rotorua, 3010
The price is £79 per night from 12 Jun to 13 Jun
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Rotorua. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (991 reviews)
"Lovely place to stay and the staff were very nice"

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

Jet Park Hotel 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 26 Jun to 27 Jun
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Rotorua. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 6 hot tubs. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (973 reviews)
"Pity there’s no free wifi ."

Reviewed on 10 May 2022

Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
4.5 out of 5
1270 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua, 3010
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £87 per night from 29 May to 30 May
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 their reviews. ...
3.9/5 Good! (993 reviews)
"Good place to stay."

Reviewed on 15 May 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 £92 per night from 29 May to 30 May
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 clean ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (761 reviews)
"Nice and clean, and very quiet as always. We stay in Rotorua a fair bit for work, and we wouldn’t go anywhere else"

Reviewed on 19 May 2022

Quest Rotorua Central
Lakeside apartment with boat ramp & jetties
Lakeside apartment with boat ramp & jetties
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty Region
Stay at this apartment in Rotorua. Enjoy WiFi, on-site parking and a TV. Popular attractions St. Faith's Anglican Church and Tama-te-Kapua Meeting House are ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (15 reviews)
Rotorua stay great
"Lovely place close to everything in rotorua Love the lake position"

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2022

Lakeside apartment with boat ramp & jetties
Thermal Adventure Retreat - 5 Bedrooms with Thermally Heated Plunge Pool
Thermal Adventure Retreat - 5 Bedrooms with Thermally Heated Plunge Pool
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty Region
Stay at this family-friendly holiday home in Rotorua. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a garden. Our guests praise the comfy beds in their reviews. Popular ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (15 reviews)
Great home and value
"Communications were fantastic, the house was ultra-warm thanks to the geo-thermal heating. Incredibly comfortable beds/pillows in each room and fantastic linen. The hot pool was used a lot by our team. One of our team members is a lighter sleeper so the noise from road traffic and the geo-thermal ..."

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2021

Thermal Adventure Retreat - 5 Bedrooms with Thermally Heated Plunge Pool
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.

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