Rotorua

9 Apr 2020 - 10 Apr 2020

2 adults - 1 room

The city of Rotorua is situated on the southern shore of Lake Rotorua, which is the second largest lake in the North Island of New Zealand. Rotorua is in the heart of the North Island where, at the south is Tauranga, at north is Taupo, Hamilton is at the east and at the southeast is Auckland, the nation’s most populous city. Rotorua is New Zealand’s 10th largest urban area with approximately 56,800 residents.

Rotorua is home to botanical gardens and historical architectures; it is also a town of therapeutic spas, hot mud pools and geysers. It is a heaven for nature lovers characterised by its sparkling lakes, stunning scenery and geothermal attractions. For adventure lovers, Rotorua has the most thrilling mountain biking trails on the planet. Rotorua is becoming the world’s premier mountain biking destination and is visited by thousands of passionate bikers from around the world.

Planning a trip to Rotorua can be adventurous as it is a bustling hub for activities, with whitewater kayaking and rafting, etc. This glorious lakeside town is a complete package filled with outstanding attractions and outdoor adventure. Some of the must-visit places in Rotorua are listed below:

Owhata

Owhata is located at six kilometres from central Rotorua. It is a residential suburb housing many homes with beautiful views. It is a great area for outdoor activity with family, given that it has a wide range of parks. The suburb has a supermarket, pharmacy and small range of dining locations. There are luxury accommodations available that are perfect for single tourists and families.

Glenholme

It is located around 3km southward of the city centre. It in in close proximity to every Rotorua attraction and has a wide range of shopping and dining options. The suburb houses a library and community centre, parks and recreational areas. Outdoor opportunities for family are available including Glenhole Reserve, Boyes Park and golf courses. One can find relaxing motels in this area which are located near to the City Centre.

Springfield

It is a residential family area located southwest of the city centre. It is popular for its various dining and other entertainment options. It has many golf courses, which are open to guests and members. In addition, there are many beautiful parks near the area where one can spend quality time with family. Accommodation in this area is really easy to find because of its location near central Rotorua. This area is best for family, couples and solo travellers.

Hannahs Bay

This suburb lies between Rotorua airport and Lake Rotorua. The area is perfect for recreational visits for families as it has open space for playing. For beach lovers, it offers windsurfing and water sports like jet skiing and waterskiing. The area has plenty of BBQ pits, picnic tables and playgrounds where one can spend good family time. Self catering holiday homes, beach houses and holiday homes are available for rent in Hannah’s Bay.

Whakarewarewa Village

It is a thermal village where locals reside. This village is also known as the living Maori Village in the heart of Rotorua. Meet up with the locals and find out more about how they live, and the significance of the steamy pools, and natural geysers to the culture of the region. Here you can learn more about Maori Traditions such as tattooing, flax weaving and carving.

The information is correct as of January 2016.

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What are travellers saying about Rotorua?

9.8
Outdoor Enthusiasts
8.9
Adventure Travellers
7.8
Family Travellers
7.1
Backpackers
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Member reviews (50)
Yvonne Brett
Yvonne BrettSan Diego
14/05/2019

They call this place "Rotovegas" as a tongue-in-cheek riff on Vegas, but in a sense it is true for all of the outdoor and thrill=seeking sports that they offer in this town. From Bungy to Zorb, or taking a luge down a hill, there are activities to keep you busy for days. Besides these activities, there are also many natural wonders to enjoy when you traverse the Geothermal Valley, or take a trip a few miles away to go and see the lovely movie set at Hobbiton. All in all, Rotorua is surely a place you do not want to miss when you are traveling around on the North Island.

XOXO, Van
XOXO, VanSingapore
02/11/2017

Very outdoorsy kind of place. Everywhere smells of sulfur but one will get used to it after a while. Maby tours and sports available.

Leigh Virkus
Leigh VirkusPittsford
11/12/2016

Geysers, bubbling mud pools, kiwi fruit orchards, sheep, lots of greenery, a cableway overlooking Lake Rotorua, wildlife parks and Maori cultural opportunities are some of the features of this area.

Scott Kennedy
Scott Kennedy
06/01/2017

Rotorua is the centre for Maori culture in New Zealand. If you're looking to immerse yourself into the depths of this fascinating culture a stop in Rotorua is the best place to start. While you're there don't forget to check out the thermal wonders and go for a mountain bike ride - both are top notch.

FAQs

The least expensive month is June, with an average of $142 per night. The most expensive month to stay in Rotorua is October, with an average price of $211 per night.
The average price of a hotel in April last year was $161 per night. This is 3% less than the average nightly price of $167 seen over the previous 12 months.
In Rotorua, the expected average temperature in April is 15.8°C/60.4°F. The warmest month is typically February, which averages 23.6°C/74.5°F. The coolest month is July, with temperatures averaging 7.2°C/45.0°F.
The nearest airport to Rotorua is Rotorua (ROT) (6.52km). Other nearby airports include: Tokoroa (37.47km) Tauranga (52.05km) Matamata (55.32km) Whakatane (62.88km) Taupo (68.85km)

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