The Tarawera Trail
The 15km Tarawera Trail is a beautiful native bush walk that follows the edge of Lake Tarawera to Te Rātā Bay and Hot Water Beach.
Written by Rotorua Local Experts! Read about what's going on in Rotorua and the best things to do and visit in Rotorua during your stay.
Rotorua is the premier biking destination in the North Island of New Zealand. For riders of all abilities there are a huge range of trails to enjoy including the epic two day 'Thermal By Bike Trail', Skyline Mountain Bike Park, New Zealand's first gondola assisted mountain bike park and over 90km of trails through Whakarewarewa Forest.
The Te Ara Ahi aka ‘thermal by bike’ bike trail is a unique biking experience in Rotorua. The 51km trail typically takes two days to complete and navigates through some of the region’s most famous geothermal attractions.
A great way to see many of the best scenic spots of Rotorua is with a short walk around the city. We embarked on a 90 minute loop walk that takes in Sulphur Bay, Lake Rotorua, Government Gardens, Ohinemutu Village, Kuirau Park and the Polynesian Spa.
On the outskirts of Rotorua, is a must-visit natural attraction that all ages can enjoy. The Redwoods Forest features a number of walking trails, mountain biking trails, the Treewalk Attraction and incredible Californian Coastal Redwoods.
One of the best ways to see the lakes at their most wonderful is by way of a kayak and the region makes this possible for its visitors through a range of tours or with hired equipment for those who want a DIY exploration.
Situated at the lake-front end of Tutanekai Street, 'Eat Street' is Rotorua's main dining hub. The street is packed full of restaurants and bars with all offering al fresco dining.
The new Rotorua lakefront redevelopment project is up and running with the first stage now completed. The public were able to see the new boardwalk and grass terracing when it was opened in mid-July 2021
The drive from Rotorua to Taupo is a pleasant and easy drive which should take less than 60 minutes. The short drive from Rotorua to Taupo is a straight-forward drive that is for the most part along State Highway 5 aka ‘Thermal Explorer’ until you reach Taupo. The road is a quiet drive past forest and rolling green countryside with typically not many other cars.
Wine tasting isn’t an obvious activity you consider when thinking of what to do in Rotorua. As the self-styled adventure capital of New Zealand’s North Island, zip lining, rafting, biking are all a more obvious choice. And let’s not forget why most people visit – to explore the incredible geothermal attractions and Maori culture that made the region famous.
The New Zealand Government has recently announced major travel restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19 in New Zealand. We've outlined the current travel restictions below (March 20). For the latest information visit the NZ Ministry of Health website.
Our guide to the top activities for those looking for something a little out of the ordinary to try in Rotorua. The point of this article is to save you time doing the research! So, we’ve created our top 7 unusual activities to experience in Rotorua.
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One thing you'll notice when walking around Rotorua, is the number of unique public art that acknowledges and celebrates heritage, stories and aspirations. The biggest concentration of artwork is located around Sulphur Lake, located opposite the Polynesian Spa and just behind Government Gardens
Rotorua is well known for its geothermal and Maori Cultural Attractions, but for couples visiting Rotorua, the region does offer a few activities that can add a little romance to a night or day out. While we can't claim they'll dazzle with a magical moment of romance, our list of '10 romantic things to in Rotorua', can at very least offer a fun day or, night out.
For a great family day out, a trip to Paradise Valley Springs gets our vote. We recently visited the attraction and can vouch of this beautifully presented wildlife attraction in Rotorua, New Zealand.
Our 'Rotorua Day Trip Guide' features our top 5 places to vist that can be done easily in a day. All the places on our list are no more than an hour's drive away...
At just under two hours’ drive, Waitomo Caves is a good day trip destination from Rotorua. After driving though the rolling hills of Waikato, you’ll arrive in the small town of Waitomo and home to one of New Zealand most famous attractions.
Our guide to visiting the famous Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films' movie set in Hobbiton, New Zealand. What to expect, how to get there and guided tour information.
Our guide to discovering the best places to see the famous boiling mud pools in Rotorua.
On a misty morning in May, we went for a walk on the Lake Okareka Walkway. Here’s what you can expect if you do the same….
Rotorua is a fun packed destination that is oneof the most visited regions in New Zealand. To help you find your ideal family activity we're picked our favourite attractions to check out.
Mokoia Island is situated in Lake Rotorua with an area of 1.35 square kilometres, rising 180 metres above the surface of the lake.
With over 16 lakes surrounding Rotorua and a deserved status as the premier adventure destination on New Zealand’s North Island, there are plenty of water activities to experience in Rotorua.
Rotorua is an activity packed destination, famous for its wonderous geothermal activity, Maori culture and attractions. With a busy event calendar, we’ve picked out a few of the best annual festivals to mark in your diary.
Opened in 1986, visitors can select three separate tracks which span a combined distance of more than 4,000 metres. The tracks range from the fast paced advanced track that drives travellers past hairpin bends and low-lying tunnels, to the relaxing scenic track that allows luge riders to stop for photos along the way.
We've put pen to paper to create our 'Quick Guide To Rotorua Sightseeing' - not an exhaustive list of everything to see but an overview of the sights not to be missed.
On a cold winter’s day, we embarked on one of the best short walks in Rotorua. The 3.5 kilometre Rainbow Mountain Summit Walk takes between 1 and 1.5 hours, from the car park to the top.
As we live in Rotorua, we’re often asked for our recommendations of the best places to eat out. So, we’re going to share some of our favourites with you. After all, a decent meal is a great way to start or, end the day.
While daytime in Rotorua means lazy lake cruises on classic steamboats or excursions out to the geothermal attractions that's made the region famous, the night has an alt...
Coffee is taken very seriously in New Zealand and in Rotorua there are some of the country's finest practioners. As a regular visitor to the city and holder of multiple coffee loyalty schemes, I'd like to share my top 5 favorites for a decent 'Flat White'.
With plenty of attractions within easy distance of the centre, Rotorua is a great choice for a family holiday, even if you only have a few days to spend.
Our guide to the top 10 best views in Rotorua not be missed when visiting New Zealand's geothermal wonderland.
Our local expert guide to the best Rotorua Geysers to check out when visiting New Zealand's geothermal region.
Our guide the ultimate 48 hour trip to Rotorua. From cultural encounters with fierce Haka-dancing warriors to adrenaline-pumping trips across the waters of Lake Rotorua,
Or local expert and resident picks out their top 7 views that you need to see when visiting the Bay of Plenty.
Rotorua is blessed with plenty of natural attractions, the biggest tourist drawcard probably being its geothermal activity but The Redwoods (aka Whakarewarewa forest) is
Read our writer's experience zipling in Rotorua, New Zealand. When you’re about to go hurtling through the bush on a wire you really want to feel you’re in safe hands...
For those who still want to use the Rotorua Blue Baths for its original purpose, there’s still somewhere to swim. Heated, with two soaking pools to the side, the Juveni
Our photo guide to the incredible landscapes not to be missed
Our guide to the thrills and spills of Rafting in Rototua, New Zealand's North Island capital of adventure. We look at the rivers, rafting operators and useful tips to rafting when visiting.
Our pick of the best 'geothermal attractions' to check out in New Zealand's premier volcanic region.
A guide to the must-see attraction for LOTR and Hobbit fans coming to New Zealand. Amidst the rolling farm fields of the Waikato region on New Zealand’s North Island,
Our local expert guide to the Rotorua Gondola at the top of Mount Ngongotaha. Rising high above the city and lakeshore homes, the Skyline Gondola is an undisputed mu
A guide to the art of zorbing in Rotorua, the zany activity from where it all started in New Zealand.
A Look At The Best Live Maori Shows in Rotorua. A live show allows the visitor a unique hands-on experience that takes them to the very heart of Maori culture.
A guide for the budget conscious traveller visiting Rotorua.
Hit the open road to discover the incredible scenery in Rotorua. There are some stunning scenic drives through mountains, orchards, farmland and forest, taking in la
Getting the best from Rotorua in just one day. It’s difficult to fit everything in for just a day visit, but here is what we think is the best way to spend 24 hour
Our guide to skiing on Mount Ruapehu in Tongariro National Park. Skiing became popular on the mountain during the sixties and has since become the largest ski field on the North Island. However, this mountain is unlike many others found around the world...
Our guide to the top 5 hot pools and spas to relax in Rotorua. Rotorua offers some of the best Spa treatments and geothermal bathing in New Zealand's hot pool city.
The top attractions for thrill-seekers coming to Rotorua, New Zealand.
A Guide To The Best Maori Cultural Attractions in Rotorua, New Zealand.
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A local's guide to a wildlife sanctuary on the island of Tuhua, 35 kilometers north of Mount Maunganui in the Bay of Plenty region.
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