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Often referred to as the Adventure Capital of the North Island, Rotorua is a magical landscape filled with thrilling activities, serene vistas, and unique Māori culture. A hub of geothermal hotspots, Rotorua offers steamy lakes, hot springs, and even bubbling geysers. The natural wonders don't stop there; majestic waterfalls, native forests, and stunning beaches, this New Zealand town dazzles visitors all year round. Whether you're travelling for business or pleasure, don't forget our Best Price Guarantee means that you can be sure of booking at the best rate.
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Why visit Rotorua

Rotorua is truly a unique destination. Bordering Lake Rotorua, the lake from which the city gets its name, Rotorua is renowned for its geothermal activity. Think rising steam, hissing geysers and bubbling mud. Alongside natural wonders, Rotorua is home to a living Māori village and the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, offering visitors a chance to learn about traditional Maori culture.

When to visit Rotorua

The best and most popular time to visit Rotorua is over summer (December - February). The summer brings longer days and warmer temperatures but also brings in the crowds. Average daytime temperatures reach the low to mid 20's degrees Celsius in summer with temperatures dropping to the low teens in winter. Rotorua can be visited year round. Visit in spring for less crowds and mild temperatures.

Getting around Rotorua

The main way to get around Rotorua via public transport is by bus. Rotorua offers local public buses running at regular intervals with good coverage of the city. Cycling is a popular choice with many bike hire operators available for those who don't have bikes. Alternatively, visitors are able to hire a car and drive or opt for taxis.

Things to do in Rotorua

For the adrenaline junkies, start your trip ziplining through the trees or rafting down a seven-metre-high waterfall. Bike or hike your way through the Whakarewarewa Forest or fly down the luge tracks at Skyline Rotorua. When you're ready for some relaxation, soak in a natural hot pool or visit the rare birds at Wingspan. Experience the local Māori culture with a village tour or a traditional Haka performance.

Free things to do in Rotorua

Take a hike Rotorua is blessed with an abundance of forests for visitors to traverse and marvel at. Take a hike through a forest or national park and see Rotorua's infamous natural beauty for yourself. Head to Rotorua Redwoods for a choice between six different walking tracks catering to varying ability levels and perfect for both families and experienced hikers. Or head to Okre Falls and enjoy a stroll along the banks of the Kaituna River. This walk will see you marveling at waterfalls and wandering through a cave. Take a dip in a hot spring Known for its geothermal activity, no trip to Rotorua is complete without a dip in the natural wonder it is so famed for - hot springs. There are a number of free hot pool spots in Rotorua so visitors are spoiled for choice. One of the most famous free hot pools is Kerosene Creek. This pool is popular so expect some crowds.

Fun things to do in Rotorua

Take to the skies See Rotorua from above with a scenic flight. Fly over volcanoes, thermal valleys and waterfalls. This is a memorable experience and offers exclusive access to parts of Rotorua that are mostly inaccessible. White water rafting This is a favourite Rotorua activity among many. Float along the Kaituna River and raft down a seven metre high waterfall. No previous experience necessary and a choice between difficult grades for those who like extreme or easier grades those who prefer a calmer approach.

Where to eat and drink in Rotorua

After exploring all day, a delicious dinner awaits you along Eat Streat. You'll find an abundance of vibrant and culturally diverse cuisine, along with lively pubs and nightlife. Grab a locally brewed beer and soak in the local flavour. Head to Atticus Finch for a local favourite, serving contemporary New Zealand fare with options for a variety of dietary requirements. For dinner with a view, head to Stratosfare, perched on Mount Ngongotaha with panoramic views over Lake Rotorua. Reach Statosfare via the iconic Skyline Gondola.

Where to stay in Rotorua

Plan to stay at one of Accor's Rotorua hotels, situated along the pristine shores of Lake Rotorua and within minutes of dazzling natural attractions. With a seemingly endless supply of natural attractions, and Auckland only three short hours away, Rotorua is an ideal location for your New Zealand holiday. Make a booking at one of our Rotorua hotels today and start planning the trip of a lifetime.

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