ROTORUA is New Zealand’s original tourist destination with rich Maori culture and heritage, geothermal landscapes and attractions including mud pools, geysers and hot springs.
It is surrounded by stunning lakes making it a desirable fishing, watersports, recreation and mountain biking destination. Stroll the magnificent Redwood forests, bathe in therapeutic mineral water pools and visit one of the many Maori cultural attractions.
Recommended visitor attractions and activities in Rotorua
Attend a Maori concert and Hangi
Visit a Marae
Visit a geothermal attraction
Soak in the hot pools
Picnic at the surrounding lakes
What's your preferred level of activity?
Zorbing, ride the luge, four wheel drive adventures, mountain biking
Walk the many tracks around the beautiful lakes, stroll through the redwood forest,
Take a ride on the gondola, visit a farm show, take a boat cruise on Lake Rotorua, tour the Maori arts and crafts centre, attend a Maori cultural performance and ‘hangi’ dinner, relax in the thermal pools and spas
Children and young families
Gondola, luge, farm show, fresh water springs and trout viewing
Getting to Rotorua
Self Drive by road Roads between these central North Island cities are excellent.
Rotorua to Auckland is 234 km and takes approx 3 hours.
Rotorua to Taupo is 80 km and takes approx 1 hour.
Rotorua to Wellington is 460 km and takes approx. 6 hours and 30 minutes
Air Rotorua domestic airport is 10 -15 minutes drive from the city centre.
There are taxis and shuttles available for transfers.