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Rotorua - Geothermal and cultural hotspot!

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?

The outdoors is right on the doorstep of Rotorua. We highly recommend exploring the surrounds of Rotorua township to take full advantage of the lakes, mountain biking and walking trails, and natural hot water springs.

WHen you return to the compact CBD you'll find restaurants and cafes, and markets, and shops all close to the scenic lakefront and fascinating geothermal displays.

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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stories

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events

Proparts Fireworks Bonanza
Proparts Fireworks Bonanza

When: Nov 6, 07:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 105 Paradise Valley Rd, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: TWS Paradise Valley Speedway, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Beer Fest
Beer Fest

When: Oct 31 to Nov 1, 05:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Where: 279 Te Ngae Rd, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Good Eastern Taphouse, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

TWS New Zealand Superstock Championship
TWS New Zealand Superstock Championship

When: Jan 2 to Jan 3, 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

Rotorua Night Market
Rotorua Night Market

When: Feb 13 to Mar 11, 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

White Chapel Jak - Return of the Jak Tour
White Chapel Jak - Return of the Jak Tour

When: Oct 31, 08:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: Queens Drive, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: The Blue Baths, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Rotorua Farmers Market
Rotorua Farmers Market

When: Feb 16 to Feb 14, 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: Corner of Tutanekai and Hinemoa Street, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Te Manawa, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Kuirau Park Saturday Market
Kuirau Park Saturday Market

When: Sep 26 to Feb 27, 07:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: Corner of Ranolf St & Lake Rd, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Kuirau Park, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

TWS World Invitation Superstock Championship (World 240s)
TWS World Invitation Superstock Championship (World 240s)

When: Jan 22 to Jan 23, 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

MTB Adventure Quest
MTB Adventure Quest

When: Nov 8, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: Long Mile Rd, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Whakarewarewa Forest, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Halloween Murder Mystery Party
Halloween Murder Mystery Party

When: Oct 31, 07:00 PM to 11:55 PM
Where: 1141 Eruera St, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Level 13 Theme Rooms and Costume Hire, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Nearby Hostels

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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 Taupo

Modernised, stylised and positive vibes; this backpacker hostel has what you need for a great stay in Taupo, providing views from the balcony of New Zealand's largest lake.

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YHA Auckland International

A central, secure backpacker hostel in the heart of Auckland City with room options to suit all travel styles.

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