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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
Attraction type: Forests
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OGO Rotorua
OGO Rotorua
Owner description: The experience of rolling down a hill inside a giant inflatable ball has been an iconic adventure experience since Andrew and David Akers developed the first operation in the... more Owner description: The experience of rolling down a hill inside a giant inflatable ball has been an iconic adventure experience since Andrew and David Akers developed the first operation in the world in Rotorua back in 1997. Rotorua remains the ONLY location in New Zealand where you can experience this amazingly fun and bizarre activity.With a new site just 5 minutes from the town centre with a hill that is almost twice as long, you can ride with 1, 2 or 3 people inside the same H2OGO (with warm water in winter or cool water in summer),race against your friends, or try the Harness OGO where you are securely strapped in and sent rolling head over heels through the trees down our custom designed harness track.OR … try our BRAND NEW ride; THE FISHPIPE!A new and unique type of water ride where you slide for over 600 metres! Further than the longest water-slide in the world!Up to 3 riders, 75 litres (20 gallons) of water and a barrel that spins at up to 45 revolutions per minute (although we can slow it right down for the kids and those of you with nervous dispositions.)If you’re riding solo, you can slide, try to run inside, or even try surfing on your feet. With 2 or 3 riders inside you slip and slide together in a tangled mess ... backwards, sideways, frontwards, upside-downwards and whose-foot-is-that-in-my-mouthwards.Open 364 days from 9:00 to 5:00pm in all weather conditions, do not miss out on this unique New Zealand invention. No bookings necessary. less
Attraction type: Sports Complexes
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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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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Owner description: "One of the 20 Most Surreal Places in the World" Trip Advisor THOUSANDS OF YEARS IN THE MAKING, explore spectacular nature at New Zealand's most colourful natural volcanic area... more Owner description: "One of the 20 Most Surreal Places in the World" Trip Advisor 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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Ciabatta Bakery Limited
Ciabatta Bakery Limited
Ranked #1 of 158 Restaurants in Rotorua
Price: $2 - $9
Cuisines: French, German, Italian, Swiss
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Leonardo's Pure Italian
Leonardo's Pure Italian
Ranked #2 of 158 Restaurants in Rotorua
Price: $7 - $29
Cuisines: Italian, Healthy
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Stratosfare Rotorua
Stratosfare Rotorua
Ranked #3 of 158 Restaurants in Rotorua
Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Sabroso
Sabroso
Ranked #4 of 158 Restaurants in Rotorua
Price: $11 - $22
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
Ali Baba's Tunisian Takeaways
Ali Baba's Tunisian Takeaways
Ranked #5 of 158 Restaurants in Rotorua
Cuisines: Tunisian
Dining options: Delivery

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Rock Solid Backpackers
2.0 of 5
Rock Solid Backpackers
$26 - $45
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Crash Palace
Crash Palace
$22 - $50 (NZD 30 - 69)
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Blarneys Rock Backpackers & Internet Cafe
Blarneys Rock Backpackers & Internet Cafe
$17 - $45
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Sport of Kings Motel
4.5 of 5
Sport of Kings Motel
$102 - $132 (NZD 140 - 181)
Ranked #2 of 96 Hotels in Rotorua
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Arista of Rotorua
4.5 of 5
Arista of Rotorua
$107 - $183
Ranked #5 of 96 Hotels in Rotorua
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Cedarwood Lakeside
Cedarwood Lakeside
$107 - $143 (NZD 147 - 196)
Ranked #8 of 96 Hotels in Rotorua
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Quest Rotorua Central
4.5 of 5
Quest Rotorua Central
$121 - $179
Ranked #1 of 96 Hotels in Rotorua
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Regent of Rotorua
5.0 of 5
Regent of Rotorua
$154 - $327 (NZD 211 - 448)
Ranked #3 of 96 Hotels in Rotorua
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Solitaire Lodge
5.0 of 5
Solitaire Lodge
$1,111 - $1,617 (NZD 1,523 - 2,216)
Ranked #4 of 96 Hotels in Rotorua
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