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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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stories

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The Top 9 Geothermal Hotspots to Explore In Rotorua

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Top 8 Mountain Biking Towns in New Zealand

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Top 7 Must-Do Activities in Rotorua

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events

Rotorua Farmers Market: POSTPONED
Rotorua Farmers Market: POSTPONED

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

Rotorua Loaded Tough Guy and Gal Challenge
Rotorua Loaded Tough Guy and Gal Challenge

When: Aug 22, 08:00 AM to 01:30 PM
Where: 79 Lake Rotokawau Road, Tikitere, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Lakes Ranch, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Costumiers Fantasy Masquerade Ball
Costumiers Fantasy Masquerade Ball

When: Jul 16 to Jul 18, 08:00 PM to 12:30 AM
Where: Corner Eruera & Hinemaru Streets, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Live Music
Live Music

When: May 30, 07:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 1279 Amohia St, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Ruck n Maul Sports Bar, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Quiz night at Level 13
Quiz night at Level 13

When: May 28 to Jul 9, 06:00 PM to 09:30 PM
Where: 1141 Eruera St, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Level 13 Theme Rooms and Costume Hire, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

We Run The Forest
We Run The Forest

When: Aug 1, 06:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: Waipa Mill Road, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Waipa Mountain Bike Park, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Carving Workshop Tours.
Carving Workshop Tours.

When: May 29 to Jun 30, 11:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: 1288 Fenton St, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Mountain Jade, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Pub Quiz Night - Believe It Or Not Quiz Nights
Pub Quiz Night - Believe It Or Not Quiz Nights

When: Nov 19 to Jun 23, 06:30 PM to 08:45 PM
Where: 10-12 Goldie Street, Pukehangi. Rotorua, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Mitchell Downs Tavern, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Poker Night – Texas Hold'em Tournament
Poker Night – Texas Hold'em Tournament

When: Nov 20 to Jun 24, 07:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 10-12 Goldie Street, Pukehangi. Rotorua, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Mitchell Downs Tavern, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Paint and Wine Night - The Great Wave- Paintvine
Paint and Wine Night - The Great Wave- Paintvine

When: Jul 14, 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: 279 Te Ngae Rd, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Venue: Good Eastern Taphouse, 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 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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