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Rotorua Information

About Rotorua

Geysers, hot springs, and adventure await visitors in Rotorua. Located on New Zealand’s North Island, this town of nearly 60,000 residents is steeped in history of Māori culture. Indigenous Polynesian people, the Māori, have occupied the area since the 13th century. The first European settlers arrived 600 years later, when the town was established as a spa destination and the first railway was constructed. Rotorua is at an altitude of nearly 1,000 feet above sea level, causing a mild and temperate climate throughout the year. Visit Rotorua for a naturally beautiful and historically rich New Zealand experience.

Things to do in Rotorua

Take in the natural beauty of the redwoods at Whakarewarewa Forest. An intricate system of trails makes this attraction accessible to visitors of all skill levels. Thrill seekers may enjoy an aerial tree walk in which a boardwalk is suspended between the trees. This area can also be explored on a rented bike for a fun and relaxing afternoon in Rotorua’s natural beauty.

Geothermal sites and natural hot springs pepper the landscape in Rotorua. For a relaxing afternoon, visit one of the many spas nearby. Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, just outside of Rotorua, treat visitors to the “Living Waters” of the Te Manaroa Spring. After soaking in the hot springs, visitors can explore the Eco-Trail which provides information about the geology and botany of the area.

The Living Māori Village gives visitors an interactive look into Māori food, culture, and geothermal attractions. People live here, creating an authentic experience for travelers. See traditional dances such as the famous Haka, eat a Geothermal Hangi meal, and learn about the indigenous people group that formed Rotorua.

Day Trips from Rotorua

Auckland, the largest and most populous city in New Zealand, is just under three hours away by car. The Auckland Museum houses Pacific Island and Māori artifacts as well as information about Auckland’s volcanic field. Browse the Otara Flea Market, full of Polynesian treasures, or take the family to Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, just steps from Mission Bay Beach.

The town of Taupo, perched at the edge of Australasia’s largest lake, features scenic waterfalls and many opportunities for water recreation. Golf at some of the world’s pristine courses, such as the Kinloch Club and Wairakei Golf Course. It is only an hour’s drive from Rotorua, making it an easy visit during your New Zealand vacation.

Tauranga, a sunny resort town with sandy beaches and sparkling water, is both a scenic and relaxing addition to your Rotorua vacation. Less than an hour away, Tauranga treats visitors to dolphin watching, historically significant sites, and guided walks through Mt. Drury and Moturiki. If you’re looking for adventure, try sea kayaking or climbing to the summit of Mauao.

Accommodation in Rotorua

There are nearly 700 vacation rentals in Rotorua on Whether you’re looking for a sleek and modern apartment or a romantic cabin on the lake, Tripping has the perfect accommodation for your vacation. Browse hundreds of photos to find the vacation rental that meets your needs.

Transportation in Rotorua

Rotorua International Airport, only 6 miles from the city center, is the best way for air travelers to reach the city. Once you arrive, lime green CityRide buses provide adequate transportation throughout the city. There are also taxis available for longer trips.

Vacation Rentals in Rotorua

Find the best Rotorua vacation rentals on With over 1173 home rentals, take your pick from a wide variety of choices including studio apartments, luxury condos, and cozy cabin rentals. Prices in Rotorua range from $25 a night. Many rentals can also be booked directly online.

Vacation home rentals found on offer more amenities than the average hotel room along with many of the comforts of home. Going on a business trip or need to stay connected? 1068 homes in Rotorua offer high-speed WiFi Internet so you won’t miss a beat. Travelling with kids? Let them splash around in any of the 357 rentals with pool or jacuzzi, or relax with the family in one of the 907 homes with cable TV.

For all those pet owners with dogs or cats, Rotorua offers 121 pet-friendly vacation rentals for your extended family. Find the perfect vacation rental that matches your budget and style on

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