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Rotorua
Bubbling mineral springs and pools promise maximum relaxation in Rotorua, on New Zealand's North Island. Therapeutic hot mud pools, dramatic geysers and a buried village are within easy reach of the city. What happens in the bubbling mud geysers of "Rotovegas"—the area at the top of Fenton Street—stays in Rotovegas. Once you've made the most of the mud, soar nearly 2,000 feet on the Skyline Gondola for views of Lake Rotorua, then zip back down to explore the lake by paddle steamer, fishing charter or WWII amphibious vehicle.

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Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest
Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest
Owner description: If you love the outdoors this area is for you! Escape into the beautiful Whakarewarewa Forest, one of Rotorua’s most spectacular natural assets. Famous for its magnificent stands... more Owner description: If you love the outdoors this area is for you! Escape into the beautiful Whakarewarewa Forest, one of Rotorua’s most spectacular natural assets. Famous for its magnificent stands of towering Californian Coastal Redwoods it is just five minutes drive from the city centre. Here you can experience some of the finest walking and mountain bike trails in the world. Not to mention taking in superb panoramic views of Rotorua City, Lake and surrounding district. Entry to the forest, tracks and Gift Shop & Visitor Centre is FREE. There is lots of parking and toilet facilities available. Gates open at 5.30am and close at 8.30pm. Maps and information is available at the Redwoods Visitor Centre. Plus there is an i-site staff member available most of the time to help with accomodation and attraction bookings. Coffee cart on site and snacks and ice-creams too. Fantastic range of giftware specialising in native wooden gifts and NZ made products. Profits support track and facility maintenance. less
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Owner description: Visit Waimangu Volcanic Valley and find out how the world began. Incredible Waimangu is the world's youngest geothermal system and a destination for travellers of all ages and... more Owner description: Visit Waimangu Volcanic Valley and find out how the world began. Incredible Waimangu is the world's youngest geothermal system and a destination for travellers of all ages and fitness levels. Created in 1886 as the result of a massive volcanic eruption, Waimangu offers today's travellers a choice of easy self-guided walks through a natural environment of volcanic craters and awesome geothermal activity. Frying Pan Lake is the world's largest hot water spring; stunning Inferno Crater will take your breath away with the beauty of its turquoise blue lake; the environment itself will slow you down and soothe your soul.The more advanced Mt Haszard hike rewards with panoramic views, and our Lake Rotomahana cruise will reveal further geothermal activity that can only be seen from our vessel. Your entrance fee includes interpretive guides in a wide variety of languages for both the walks and the cruise. Our courtesy coach regularly circulates the valley to take you to your Lake Rotomahana Cruise, or back to the Visitor Centre when you've finished your walk, where you can enjoy refreshments in our modern Café or browse for mementos and souvenirs at our gift shop. Depending on how much time you have,your walk or cruise can range from 45 minutes to over 4 hours. less
Attraction type: Hot Springs/ Geysers
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Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland
Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland
Owner description: THOUSANDS OF YEARS IN THE MAKING, explore spectacular nature at New Zealand's most colourful natural volcanic area. Walk at your own pace - view the unique Champagne Pool, Sinter... more Owner description: THOUSANDS OF YEARS IN THE MAKING, explore spectacular nature at New Zealand's most colourful natural volcanic area. Walk at your own pace - view the unique Champagne Pool, Sinter Terrace formations, Steaming Ground, Bubbling Mud, Expansive Vistas, Huge Volcanic Craters. The Lady Knox Geyser erupts daily at 10.15am. Excellent facilities at modern Visitor Centre. less
Attraction type: Hot Springs/ Geysers
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Skyline Rotorua
Skyline Rotorua
Owner description: Skyline Rotorua provides the ideal venue and all weather attraction for a day of fun! Take the Skyline Gondola up the side of Mount Ngongotaha and try the world famous Luge... more Owner description: Skyline Rotorua provides the ideal venue and all weather attraction for a day of fun! Take the Skyline Gondola up the side of Mount Ngongotaha and try the world famous Luge; Skyline's Cableway Restaurant for either Best of New Zealand Buffet lunch or dinner, Skywing or Skyvue 4D simulator. Open 365 days. less
Attraction type: Amusement/ Theme Parks
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Tamaki Maori Village
Tamaki Maori Village
Owner description: Tamaki Maori Village – Evening Cultural Experience. New Zealand’s Most Awarded Cultural Experience! Experience an evening of ceremonial ritual, powerful cultural performance... more Owner description: Tamaki Maori Village – Evening Cultural Experience. New Zealand’s Most Awarded Cultural Experience! Experience an evening of ceremonial ritual, powerful cultural performance, storytelling & hangi feasting. Share in the Powhiri, our ancient ceremony of welcome before entering our pre-European Maori Village nestled within a native Tawa Forest. The village comes alive with sights, sounds & activity of days gone by including haka, poi, tattooing, weaving, carving and arts of warrior training. You will have the opportunity to participate in these activities. Witness the earth being scraped away from the hangi pit to reveal baskets of food cooked beneath the ground on hot stones. Enter the ancestral meeting house and enjoy a powerful cultural performance before dining the traditional hangi buffet feast! less
Attraction type: Historic Sites
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Leonardo's Pure Italian
Leonardo's Pure Italian
Ranked #1 of 146 restaurants in Rotorua
Price: $9 - $35
Cuisines: Italian, Healthy
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Ali Baba's Tunisian Takeaways
Ali Baba's Tunisian Takeaways
Ranked #2 of 146 restaurants in Rotorua
Cuisines: Tunisian
Sabroso
Sabroso
Ranked #3 of 146 restaurants in Rotorua
Price: $13 - $24
Cuisines: Latin, Mexican, South American, Central American
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Special occasions, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Indian Star Tandoori Restaurant
Indian Star Tandoori Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 146 restaurants in Rotorua
Price: $2 - $19
Cuisines: Indian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Picnic Cafe
Picnic Cafe
Ranked #5 of 146 restaurants in Rotorua
Price: $4 - $17
Cuisines: Contemporary, Café, Fusion
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Blarneys Rock Backpackers & Internet Cafe
Blarneys Rock Backpackers & Internet Cafe
$36 - $51
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Rock Solid Backpackers
2.0 of 5
Rock Solid Backpackers
$21 - $50
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Four Canoes Hostel and Bar
4.0 of 5
Four Canoes Hostel and Bar
$23 - $69 (NZD 26 - 79)
Ranked #18 of 94 hotels in Rotorua
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Sport of Kings Motel
4.5 of 5
Sport of Kings Motel
$109 - $130 (NZD 125 - 149)
Ranked #3 of 94 hotels in Rotorua
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Arista of Rotorua
4.5 of 5
Arista of Rotorua
$110 - $187
Ranked #4 of 94 hotels in Rotorua
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RotoVegas Motel of Rotorua
4.0 of 5
RotoVegas Motel of Rotorua
$89 - $114
Ranked #5 of 94 hotels in Rotorua
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Regent of Rotorua
5.0 of 5
Regent of Rotorua
$147 - $251 (NZD 168 - 287)
Ranked #1 of 94 hotels in Rotorua
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Hamurana Lodge
5.0 of 5
Hamurana Lodge
$191 - $562 (NZD 219 - 643)
Ranked #2 of 94 hotels in Rotorua
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Silver Fern Rotorua - Accommodation and Spa
5.0 of 5
Silver Fern Rotorua - Accommodation and Spa
$123 - $161 (NZD 141 - 184)
Ranked #6 of 94 hotels in Rotorua
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