One of New Zealand’s first and most fascinating tourist destinations Rotorua never fails to enthral and excite. This geothermal wonderland treats guests to bubbling mud-pools, gushing geysers and captivating culture with a healthy serving of thrilling adventure activities and indulgent beauty therapy treatments on the side!

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 Treetops Lodge Rotorua has been ranked the top New Zealand hotel by  Conde Naste Traveler  readers.  © Navigate Oceania



Centrally located hotels, motels and backpackers abound in Rotorua. Further afield you'll find secluded luxury lodges, and luxury B&Bs.

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 Polynesian Spa complex in Rotorua, with lake in background. Rotorua, New Zealand.  Polynesian Spa Rotorua



For an authentic Rotorua experience, visit a Maori cultural show and explore the region's distinctive geothermal areas, but beware of the smell!

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About Rotorua

Long established on the tourist route, Rotorua has been attracting international visitors to its sulphur scenes since the mid nineteenth century. The famous Pink and White Terraces were touted as the eighth wonder of the world, until their tragic destruction in the 1886 Tarawera Eruption. Today you can visit the Buried Village, one of the settlements totally destroyed by the volcano.

Rotorua’s turbulent past is evident in the many geysers, mud-pools and thermal reserves sprinkled around the town.  The most widely visited thermal area is Te Whakarewarewa.  Here you can view the awesome Pohutu Geyser, spouting up to 20 times a day often to a height of 30 metres.

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How do you get to Rotorua?

  • Travel by Plane
    • Rotorua International Airport is serviced daily by link flights from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown and Sydney. The airport is a 15 minute drive from central Rotorua.
  • Travel by Train
    • There are no train services to Rotorua.
  • Travel by Bus
    • Regular scheduled bus services operate between Rotorua other North Island destinations. Many bus and tour companies offer day tours to Rotorua from other NI destinations. Rotorua's public transport system comprises a straight forward bus network.
  • Rent a Vehicle
    • Rental vehicles can be picked up from Whakatane. Several well-known car rental companies and a number of motorhome hire companies have depots in Whakatane.