Leave the ordinary world behind and explore a place where the hazards on the local golf course are bubbling mud pools. Watch a geyser erupt, pick your way around steaming hot pools, or visit a geothermal spa complex for a relaxing soak or Māori massage. Then take in a cultural experience, from a soul-satisfying forest walk with a Māori guide to a stirring powhiri followed by a traditional hangi dinner.

Highlights

Geothermal activity Rotorua lies atop a geothermal field that makes its presence known with incredible geysers, bubbling mud pools, hot mineral pools and silica terraces. Mount Tarawera A popular destination for hiking and flight-seeing, with its multi-coloured crater and steep slopes offering fantastic views. Hot mineral bathing For centuries the geothermal waters of Rotorua have drawn bathers seeking indulgent relaxation and rejuvenation. Māori culture Rotorua offers a range of Māori cultural experiences unparalleled anywhere – taste a hangi, watch a cultural performance and historical re-enactment or try your hand at Māori crafts. Wildlife encounters Rotorua is home to several wildlife attractions, including a breeding facility for kiwi. Rotorua lakes The rolling hills around Rotorua shelter numerous picturesque lakes: Green Lake is closed to visitors, but Blue Lake, Lake Tarawera and Lake Rotorua are all enticing.

Destinations

Rotorua Busy lakeside town with a deep cultural heart in a geothermal setting. Lake Rotoma Peaceful lake popular with New Zealand campers. Ngongotaha Tranquil trout fishing complements adrenaline-pumping activities of every kind.

Getting There and Around

Air Rotorua International Airport operates international flights to Sydney, Australia, and domestic flights to several New Zealand towns. The airport is 10 minutes’ drive from town. Road Rotorua is situated on the Thermal Explorer Highway. Centrally located, Rotorua is easily accessible from Auckland, the Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Taupo. It is 3 hours, 20 minutes from Auckland, 1 hour, 35 minutes from Hamilton and 1 hour, 15 minutes from Tauranga. Coaches provide regular regional services. Auckland to Rotorua [234 km; 3 hr, 20 min] Rotorua to Taupo [80 km; 1 hr, 10 min] Rotorua to Whakatane [85 km; 1 hr, 15 min] Rotorua to Tauranga [86 km; 1 hr, 15 min] Rotorua to Hamilton [108 km; 1 hr, 35 min] Rotorua to New Plymouth [299 km; 4 hr, 15 min] Within Rotorua there are taxis, shuttle buses and a metropolitan bus service.

Directory

Whakarewarewa, The Living Maori Village

Nestled amongst a geothermal wonderland sits the Living Maori Village of Te Whakarewarewa. View geothermal pools, erupting geysers and bubbling mud pools as you join a guided tour to learn about Maori culture,…

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Te Puia

A brilliant blend of Maori cultural and geothermal wonders. See Maori cultural performances, watch ancient Maori crafts being taught, discover a geothermal and natural wonderland, and get up close with…

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Rotorua Museum

Rotorua’s rich culture, volatile landscape and legendary figures are all brought to life in this must-see museum, housed in the iconic Bath House building. Innovative displays, art exhibitions, cinema experiences…

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Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua

The Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua is Rotorua’s largest hotel. Nestled on the shores of Lake Rotorua, adjacent to the famous Polynesian Spa complex and Government Gardens, the hotel is only…

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Regal Palms

Synonymous with luxury and style, Regal Palms was designed for your comfort and relaxation. Enjoy the first-class service and facilities that make Regal Palms the perfect place for corporate stays,…

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Tamaki Maori Village

Share in the Powhiri, our ancient ceremony of welcome, before entering our pre-European Maori Village nestled in a native Tawa Forest. The village is alive with sights, sounds and activities…

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Rainbow Springs

At Rainbow Springs, see endangered native species like Kiwi and Tuatara, and experience the Big Splash water ride – you’ll see life-size dinosaurs, moa and other extinct species as you…

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Polynesian Spa

Overlooking Lake Rotorua, Polynesian Spa is where you can experience Rotorua’s famous geothermal waters and indulge in sumptuous spa therapies. There are four bathing areas to choose from. Spa therapies…

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Hells Gate Mud Trail & Mud Spa

The unique New Zealand mud spa experience – bathe in a geothermal mud bath and relax in a sulphur spa. Wander through our unique geothermal park. Massage and mud therapy…

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Agrodome

For more than 40 years, the world-famous Farm Show at Agrodome has been a must-do New Zealand experience. Featuring talented animals in an entertaining show, it’s a unique way to…

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Wai Ora Lakeside Resort and Spa

Located on the shores of Lake Rotorua, Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort offers luxury accommodation in superior rooms and deluxe suites. This boutique resort is complemented by superb spa facilities…

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Koura Lodge

Rotorua’s most exclusive luxury lake-edge bed and breakfast accommodation is just five minutes’ drive from the town centre. The private lawn and native gardens are the perfect place for enjoying…

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Emerald Spa Motor Inn

When comfort and quality are paramount. Emerald Spa Motor Inn has 15 luxury studios (two with disabled facilities), eight one-bedroom and five two-bedroom suites. Luxury décor throughout. King beds with…

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East West Apartments

Uniquely Kiwi-themed three-bedroom self-contained holiday homes, two-bedroom townhouse apartments and studio accommodation located in the heart of Rotorua. 100% New Zealand owned and operated. Quiet and independent. Heated swimming pool,…

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