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Welcome to My Destination: Rotorua

Situated centrally in New Zealand's North Island, less than three hours drive south of Auckland, Rotorua is defined by its extraordinary steaming geysers, bubbling mud pools and ledges of colourful silica. Sitting beside the eponymous lake, in the shadow of the Rotorua Caldera (volcano), the city enjoys mountain vistas, colourful mineral pools and almost fairytale-like forests, glades and valleys.  

Geothermal Activity

Coming to Rotorua is like visiting a geological wonderland, and is as close to ancient nature as it’s possible to get in New Zealand. Visitors can enjoy a wealth of geothermal attractions to get up close to bubbling mud pools, geysers and crater lakes. Attractions include Wai-O-TapuWaimangu Volcanic Valley and Orakei Korako.

Adventure Activities

But it's not just the amazing landscape that brings visitors flocking here. Adventure activities are big business, on a par with Queenstown. Rotorua conjures up adventure thrills and attractions of every kind. White water rafting,  canyoning and even 'zorbing' (being pushed down a hill in an inflatable ball...!), there's a wealth of things to do here.

Spa Capital

If you prefer your adrenaline levels to stay nice and manageable, though, you'll find that Rotorua is also a great place to relax. Taking advantage of the geothermal activity, naturally, the city is big on spas, so you won't have any trouble fiding one of the many mineral pools and wellness centres dotted about the city. The most popular spa is the Polynesian Spa with 26 hot pools overlooking Lake Rotorua.

Lakes and Forest

Rotorua is surrounded by beautiful lakes which offer plenty of fishing, walking trails and water based activities. The city itself is nestled next to Lake Rotorua where most of the main water based activities are operated from. A few minutes drive from the city sits the giant Californian redwoods of Whakarewarewa Forest. The forest is a popular spot for walkers and mountain bikers who take advantage of some of the best trails in the country.

Maori Culture

Another big draw for visitors, is Rotorua's rich, Maori heritage. Maori culture is integral to the region, with over 35 maraes, cultural attractions, and live Maori shows. The city's museums and historical recreations are some of the most authentic in the country. Take in a lively Maori show, eat a traditional Maori meal, and marvel at the stories you will hear, that have been passed down through generations of Maori families. 

Read more about the city in our Rotorua Downtown Guide.

Activities

Check our 'Things To Do' section to see details of the activites on offer in Rotorua.

Rotorua Travel Guide

The Rotorua Redwoods Treewalk

The Rotorua Redwoods Treewalk

Ziplining in Rotorua

Ziplining in Rotorua

The Allure Of The Rotorua Blue Baths

The Allure Of The Rotorua Blue Baths

10 Incredible Views Of Rotorua

10 Incredible Views Of Rotorua

Top 10 Views Of New Zealand's Central North Island

Top 10 Views Of New Zealand's Central North Island

White Water Rafting In Rotorua

White Water Rafting In Rotorua

Top 5 Geothermal Attractions In Rotorua

Top 5 Geothermal Attractions In Rotorua

Exploring the home of Hobbits

Exploring the home of Hobbits

Riding the Rotorua Gondola

Riding the Rotorua Gondola

Rotorua Zorbing

Rotorua Zorbing

Experiencing New Zealand Maori Culture

Experiencing New Zealand Maori Culture

Silence and Glow-Worms

Silence and Glow-Worms

Rotorua on a Backpacker Budget

Rotorua on a Backpacker Budget

White Island

White Island

The Best Scenic Drives Around Rotorua

The Best Scenic Drives Around Rotorua

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Enjoy a great takeaway at the Rotorua Street Market which is held every Thursday from 5.00pm - 9.00pm. The best food can be found on the street from a number of...


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Rotorua's oldest, biggest and best market, held right on the fabulous lakefront! With a huge variety of stalls there's plenty to suit everyone, whatever their i...


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Enjoy a great takeaway at the Rotorua Street Market which is held every Thursday from 5.00pm - 9.00pm. The best food can be found on the street from a number of...


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Rotorua's oldest, biggest and best market, held right on the fabulous lakefront! With a huge variety of stalls there's plenty to suit everyone, whatever their i...

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