Bars in Rotorua Central
Being such a friendly city, the Rotorua Bars scene is laid back. Pubs and bars are all around the CBD, while some lovely cocktails await in the lobby bars of all the big hotels. Relax by day, or get more active down Tutanekai Street at night.
Bars in Rotorua vary from the spit'n'sawdust jocularity of the British and Irish bars along Tutanekai Street, to some very classy joints and 'fun bars', all around the CBD. There are some nice, relaxing wine bars and bistros along Eruera and Arawa Streets. The latter also houses some great saloons for beer lovers, so if you're a real ale aficionado, head this way. There's a great gastro bar on Whakaue Street, plus plenty of places around Pukuatua and Hinemoa Streets, that are lovely cafes by day and buzzing bars by night. Despite its city size, Rotorua does tend to wind down after 10pm, so it's not really a party place. Rotoruans are inclined to eat early and be in bed well before midnight, so don't expect any all night raves. Instead, you'll find a pleasant, friendly bar scene that's conducive to just sinking a few beers, or palatable bottle of wine, slow and easy. In Tauranga, The Strand is the main hotspot with a good selection of bars and restaurants overlooking the harbour.