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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

TWS World Invitation Superstock Championship
TWS World Invitation Superstock Championship

When: Jan 24 to Jan 25, 07:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: 105 Paradise Valley Rd, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: TWS Paradise Valley Speedway, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Blue Lake Multisport Festival
Blue Lake Multisport Festival

When: Jan 25 to Jan 26, 07:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: Tarawera Rd, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Blue Lake (Tikitapu), Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Vodafone Warriors vs Wests Tigers
Vodafone Warriors vs Wests Tigers

When: Mar 1, 02:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where: Devon St West, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Tattoo Hui Aotearoa
Tattoo Hui Aotearoa

When: Feb 7 to Feb 9, 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Where: Queens Dr, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Energy Events Centre, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Rotorua Chinese New Year Festival 2020
Rotorua Chinese New Year Festival 2020

When: Jan 23, 05:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: Corner of Tutanekai and Hinemoa Street, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Te Manawa, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Aotearoa Cuban Festival 2020
Aotearoa Cuban Festival 2020

When: Mar 6 to Mar 8, 04:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 1215 Hinemoa St, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Lakes Performing Arts Company, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Live Music On the Lakeland Queen
Live Music On the Lakeland Queen

When: Jan 3 to Feb 15, 07:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: Memorial Drive, Lakefront, Ohinemutu, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: The Lakeland Queen, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Rotorua Mini-Fest
Rotorua Mini-Fest

When: Feb 8 to Feb 9, 07:00 PM to 09:30 PM
Where: 8 Amohau St, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Rotorua Little Theatre, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Tarawera Ultramarathon
Tarawera Ultramarathon

When: Feb 8, 04:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Where: Queens Drive, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Government Gardens, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Music at the Rotunda 2020 - Sunday Sessions (Free)
Music at the Rotunda 2020 - Sunday Sessions (Free)

When: Feb 2 to Mar 22, 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Where: Queens Drive, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Government Gardens, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

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