Rotorua

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Rotorua is the geothermal wonderland of New Zealand, with its hot springs and geysers attracting tourists for over a hundred years.

Rotorua is built over a geothermal hot spot. There are numerous natural vents, hot pools and other geothermal features in and around the city. Many of these are in parks and reserves. Natural eruptions of steam, hot water and mud occasionally occur in new locations.

Rotorua sits on the shores of Lake Rotorua of New Zealand, with several other lakes nearby.

Along with the geothermal wonders, there are also the more usual water activities such as fishing, boating and rafting.

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
Featuring mainly outdoors-oriented natural attractions.
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Accolade Lodge Motel

Centrally situated in a quiet street, Accolade Lodge Motel is just a 2-minute walk from the restaurants and supermarkets of Rotorua city centre. Free Wi-Fi and free car parking are available. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$73 - $135

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Santa Maria Motel

Set on 1 acre of gardens just 5 minutes’ drive from Rotorua, Santa Maria Motel offers free Wi-Fi, a swimming pool and a hot tub. Each room features satellite TV with over 50 channels and a DVD player. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$69 - $156

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Birchwood Spa Motel

Birchwood Spa Motel is a 5-minute drive from Rotorua’s city centre, and a 10-minute drive from the Rotorua Regional Airport. It offers free parking on site, free Wi-Fi access, and rooms with kitchen facilities. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$81 - $180

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ASURE Palm Court Motor Inn

Just 5 minutes’ drive from the heart of Rotorua, ASURE Palm Court Motor Inn offers self-contained accommodation with a spa pool. Guests enjoy BBQ facilities and 1GB free WiFi daily. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$111 - $177

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The Grand Hotel

Just 10 minutes’ walk from Lake Rotorua, The Grand Hotel offers a great base from which to explore Rotorua’s attractions. Free parking is available on site. Guests enjoy free continental breakfast. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$75

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Ascot On Fenton

Ascot On Fenton

Offering spacious and comfortable self-contained apartments with free unlimited WiFi, Ascot on Fenton is a 5-minute walk from Rotorua city centre. Free parking is available. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$103 - $179

$103-
Rydges Rotorua

Rydges Rotorua

Located on the garden edge of Rotorua's Arawa Racecourse, Rydges features panoramic views across the city, to Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island. There is a heated and covered roof-top pool and fitness centre. Guests enjoy access to free Wi-Fi. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$103 - $692

$103-
B&B Abundance

B&B Abundance

Featuring free WiFi, B&B Abundance offers accommodation in Rotorua, 700 metres from Polynesian Spa. Free private parking is available on site. Certain units feature a seating area where you can relax. Rooms are fitted with en suite bathrooms. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$104

$104-
Pohutu Vista B&B

Pohutu Vista B&B

Pohutu Vista B&B is set in Rotorua, 2.1 km from Rotorua International Stadium. Free private parking is available on site. Some units feature views of the mountain or lake. Rooms include a private bathroom. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$104

$104-
Executive On Fenton

Executive On Fenton

Executive On Fenton features spacious, modern accommodation with free WiFi. Accommodation boasts either a 2-person spa bath or a private courtyard with a 4-person spa pool. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$106

$106-
East West Studio Apartments

East West Studio Apartments

Featuring a geothermally heated swimming pool, East West Studio Apartments offers self-contained apartments or B&B options just 1 km from Lake Rotorua. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$107 - $211

$107-
Arista of Rotorua

Arista of Rotorua

Each featuring a private hot tub and a private patio, Arista of Rotorua studios are 20 minutes’ walk from the famous Polynesian Spa. The property features a BBQ area and a pirate ship children’s playground set in lovely gardens. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$107 - $166

$107-
Aura Accommodation

Aura Accommodation

Aura Accommodation (Formally Havana Motor Lodge), is centrally located, 3 minutes' walk from the lake front, 4 minutes' walk from the famous Eat Streat and 9 minutes' walk from both Government Gardens and Rotorua Museum. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$108 - $93

$108-
Fishermans_hut

Fishermans_hut

Located 4.1 km from Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park, Fishermans_hut offers accommodation in Rotorua. Offering free private parking, the apartment is 5 km from Lake Rotorua. Free WiFi is featured . Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$111

$111-
Geneva Motor Lodge

Geneva Motor Lodge

Geneva Motor Lodge offers spacious self-contained units with either indoor or outdoor spa tub. It is located in central Rotorua, opposite the Rotorua Racecourse. Free parking on site and free Wi-Fi access are provided. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$111 - $166

$111-
ASURE Palm Court Motor Inn

ASURE Palm Court Motor Inn

Just 5 minutes’ drive from the heart of Rotorua, ASURE Palm Court Motor Inn offers self-contained accommodation with a spa pool. Guests enjoy BBQ facilities and 1GB free WiFi daily. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$111 - $177

$111-
Silver Fern Rotorua - Accommodation & Spa

Silver Fern Rotorua - Accommodation & Spa

Featuring rooms with a spa bath and free Wi-Fi, Silver Fern Rotorua is just 1 kilometre from Rotorua Golf Club. It features a hot tub and a day spa. Free parking is available on site. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$114 - $218

$114-
Jet Park Hotel Rotorua

Jet Park Hotel Rotorua

Jet Park Hotel Rotorua is ideally situated just a short 5-minute walk from Rotorua town centre. This New Zealand owned and operated hotel offers a wide range of refurbished rooms. The property offers an outdoor pool and a spa. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$114 - $117

$114-
Atsala Apartment Stay

Atsala Apartment Stay

Only a 5-minute walk from the Whakarewarewa Thermal Village, these self-catering apartments feature free Wi-Fi access and satellite TV. All apartments include free continental breakfast supplies. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$121 - $163

$121-
Emerald Spa Motor Inn

Emerald Spa Motor Inn

Featuring stylish rooms with free WiFi, a spa bath and a flat-screen TV with 50 cable channels, Emerald Spa Motor Inn is just 2 kilometres from Lake Rotorua. It offers a heated outdoor pool, massage services and a fitness centre. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$121 - $173

$121-
Tuscany Villas Rotorua - Heritage Collection

Tuscany Villas Rotorua - Heritage Collection

Set in landscaped grounds, Tuscany Villas Rotorua offers elegant rooms with spa baths and free Wi-Fi. A 15-minute walk from Rotorua’s city centre, this hotel has a hot tub and free parking. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$122 - $222

$122-
Key Lago - Rotorua Holiday Apartment

Key Lago - Rotorua Holiday Apartment

Set in Rotorua, Key Lago - Rotorua Holiday Apartment offers self-catering accommodation with free WiFi. Featuring free private parking, the apartment is 400 metres from Tamaki Maori Village. An oven and a toaster can be found in the kitchen. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$125

$125-

Highlighted Interests:

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Natural
Unusual Local Feature

Extensive Geothermal Activity

Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Born from the massive 1886 eruption of Mt Tarawera, this is the world’s newest geothermal eco-system. Visitors will find extensive geothermal activity, including bubbling mud pools and geysers.

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. This is another area that provides a variety of geothermal landscapes and active volcano activities. This includes the Lady Knox Geyser, which erupts daily to heights of 10 to 20m (33-66 ft).
Scenic Waterways
Rotorua is home to 14 lakes. Lake Rotorua is the central lake, with diverse lake activities. Boat trips can be arranged to Mokoia Island in the middle of the lake. All the lakes are stocked with trout and fishing is very popular.
Forests

Whakarewarewa Forest

Also known as The Redwoods, this forest was started around 1900, when New Zealand began a program of planting imported trees here to see which species grows best in the NZ. A 6 hectare grove of majestic redwoods is surrounded by forest with other types of trees.

The forest has great walks, mountain bike tracks (over 60km/37 mi in total), some of which were used for the 2006 World Championships, and riding trails. Bikes can be hired from bike shops in the city.
Other Interests:
Combination
Hotsprings
Parks, Gardens, Zoos
Natural
Waterfalls
Volcanoes
Hiking and Trekking

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