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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

Rotorua Summer Seafood Festival 2019
Rotorua Summer Seafood Festival 2019

When: Feb 2, 12:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where: Memorial Drive, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Soundshell and Village Green, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Rotorua GLO Festival
Rotorua GLO Festival

When: Dec 31, 04:30 PM to 09:45 PM
Where: Memorial Drive, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Lakefront Village Green, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Independent Security NZ Streetstock Championship
Independent Security NZ Streetstock Championship

When: Dec 28 to Dec 29, 07:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 105 Paradise Valley Rd, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Paradise Valley Raceway, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Soundshell Market
Soundshell Market

When: Jan 7 to Dec 30, 09:00 AM to 02:00 PM
Where: Memorial Drive, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Lakefront Village Green, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Madagascar - A Musical Adventure Jr
Madagascar - A Musical Adventure Jr

When: Jan 10 to Jan 20, 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM
Where: Queens Dr, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Energy Events Centre, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

TWS World Invitation Superstock Championship "World 240's"
TWS World Invitation Superstock Championship "World 240's"

When: Jan 18 to Jan 19, 07:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 105 Paradise Valley Rd, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Paradise Valley Raceway, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Rotorua Night Market
Rotorua Night Market

When: Jul 12 to Dec 27, 05:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: Tutanekai Street, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Rotorua Night Market, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Greased Lightnin' Blue Baths Prom Party
Greased Lightnin' Blue Baths Prom Party

When: Dec 15 to Dec 16, 07:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Where: Queens Drive, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: The Blue Baths, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Aotearoa Māori Tennis Championships
Aotearoa Māori Tennis Championships

When: Dec 27 to Dec 30, 08:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Where: 29b Manuka Cres, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Rotorua Tennis Club, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Brave Hearts – The New Zealand Cardiac Story
Brave Hearts – The New Zealand Cardiac Story

When: Nov 5 to Dec 31, 12:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where: 1115 Haupapa Street, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Rotorua Community House, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

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YHA Rotorua

Purpose-built backpacker accommodation beside Kuirau Park geothermal attractions and the CBD. Our recently refurbished kitchen, spacious dining area, comfortable lounge and pool table are the highlights of our main building, paired with functional and comfortable room types to suit all travellers.

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YHA Taupo

This hostel is known for its laid-back vibes and creature comforts! Chill out in the garden, relax in our cosy lounge with Netflix, meet our resident pup, and enjoy the lake view from the balcony.

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YHA Auckland City

Recently refurbished with a 3 million dollar makeover, YHA Auckland City is the ideal backpacker hostel to start or finish your New Zealand adventure.

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