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Rotorua - Geothermal and cultural hotspot!

The compact CBD has everything you might need in the way of shops, eateries, and markets, all close to the scenic lakefront and fascinating geothermal displays.

Rotorua is well known for it's geothermal wonders and adrenaline-pumping activities, but did you know it's also a haven for mountain biking?

We highly recommend exploring outside of the main township to take full advantage of the lakes, mountain biking and walking trails, and natural hot water springs.

at a glance

Best known for

lively geothermal activity

Did you know:

The Rotorua region has 17 lakes!

Don't leave without

visiting the Redwoods

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events

2019 October Okere Falls Beerfest
2019 October Okere Falls Beerfest

When: Oct 23 to Oct 26, 06:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 759 SH 33, Okere Falls, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Okere Falls Store, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

2019 Rotorua Breast Cancer Trust Pink Walk
2019 Rotorua Breast Cancer Trust Pink Walk

When: Oct 23, 05:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Where: Memorial Drive, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Lakefront Village Green, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Grease – The Musical
Grease – The Musical

When: Nov 1 to Nov 9, 07:30 PM to 09:30 PM
Where: Queens Dr, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Energy Events Centre, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Soundshell Market
Soundshell Market

When: Nov 4 to Dec 29, 09:00 AM to 02:00 PM
Where: Memorial Drive, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Lakefront Village Green, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa: Kura Reo 2019
Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa: Kura Reo 2019

When: Nov 20 to Nov 22, 03:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: Mokoia Dr, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Velocity Valley 21st Birthday bash with $21.00 Rides
Velocity Valley 21st Birthday bash with $21.00 Rides

When: Oct 26 to Oct 28, 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where: 1335 Paradise Valley Rd, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Velocity Valley, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

2019 Rotorua Museum Art Awards Exhibition of Finalists
2019 Rotorua Museum Art Awards Exhibition of Finalists

When: Oct 23 to Nov 10, 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: Queens Dr, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Energy Events Centre, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Emersons Whaka100
Emersons Whaka100

When: Oct 26 to Oct 27, 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where: Waipa Mill Road, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Waipa Mountain Bike Park, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Aaradhna Rotorua
Aaradhna Rotorua

When: Dec 13 to Dec 14, 08:30 PM to 12:30 AM
Where: 1232 Arawa St, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Barcode, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Halloween Party
Halloween Party

When: Nov 2 to Nov 3, 07:00 PM to 01:00 AM
Where: 1141 Eruera St, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Level 13 Theme Rooms and Costume Hire, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

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YHA Rotorua

Located near a natural geothermal site, shops, restaurants and Lake Rotorua, this purpose-built backpacker hostel offers rooms for all types of travellers and spacious communal facilities.

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YHA Auckland City

This modern, recently refurbished backpacker hostel combines the excitement of the city with a safe and secure environment.

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