Rotorua

Rotorua, photo by JSilver
 

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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   1000 Places to See Before You Die

 

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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 13 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 10 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 12 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 3 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 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$75

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Rotorua Hideaway Lodge

Rotorua Hideaway Lodge

Set on 4 acres of peaceful, landscaped gardens, Rotorua Hideaway Lodge offers affordable accommodation with free Wi-Fi and free on-site parking. It is located within 7 minutes' drive of Rotorua's town centre. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$78 - $118

$78-
Midway Motel Rotorua

Midway Motel Rotorua

Situated in the centre of Rotorua, Midway Motel is within walking distance of restaurants and shops. The accommodation here offers free unlimited WiFi, free parking and satellite TV. In-room breakfast can be provided daily. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$80 - $125

$80-
Golden Glow Motel

Golden Glow Motel

Offering spacious, heated studios and family apartments with a private spa pool, Golden Glow Motel is a 5-minute walk from Rotorua Town where various shops and restaurants can be found. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$80 - $104

$80-
Birchwood Spa Motel

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 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$81 - $180

$81-
Kuirau Park Motor Lodge

Kuirau Park Motor Lodge

Offering an outdoor pool and 2 indoor mineral pools, Kuirau Park Motor Lodge is located in the heart of Rotorua. All accommodation includes free WiFi and a TV with SKY 50+ channels. Free parking is provided. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$82

$82-
Rotorua Coachman Spa Motel

Rotorua Coachman Spa Motel

Just 5 minutes’ drive from central Rotorua, Rotorua Coachman Spa Motel offers self-contained accommodation with a private balcony and free WiFi. The propery boasts a large garden with BBQ facilities. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$82 - $194

$82-
Kowhai & Colonial Motel

Kowhai & Colonial Motel

Guests at Kowhai and Colonial Motel can relax in one of 2 natural hot mineral pools or in the 10-metre heated swimming pool. Each studio and apartment includes digital satellite TV and free WiFi access. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$83 - $166

$83-
Fernleaf Motel

Fernleaf Motel

Boasting free WiFi, free onsite parking and a BBQ area, Fernleaf Motel is just 1.5km from the centre of Rotorua. It offers self-contained accommodation with a flat-screen TV. Guests enjoy an indoor mineral pool and a heated outdoor swimming pool. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$83

$83-
Six On Union Motel

Six On Union Motel

Situated in a quiet tree-lined street in Rotorua, Six On Union Motel is a 5-minute walk from shops, restaurants and the town centre. Guests enjoy a swimming pool and spa pool and receive 25 MB of free Wi-Fi per day. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$83 - $138

$83-
Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua

Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua

Just 160 metres from the famous Polynesian Spa, Sudima Hotel offers rooms with digital TV. It features a naturally heated swimming pool, massage services and nightly Maori cultural shows. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$84 - $242

$84-
Bella Vista Motel Rotorua

Bella Vista Motel Rotorua

Bella Vista Motel Rotorua offers motel-style accommodation right next to Kuirau Thermal Park. All rooms have en suite bathrooms, some with spa baths. Unlimited free WiFi is included for all rooms. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$84 - $152

$84-
Fairy Springs Motel

Fairy Springs Motel

Offering free Wi-Fi and a heated hot tub, Fairy Springs Motel is located in a peaceful area only a 5-minute drive from Rotorua city centre. All apartments and studios at Motel Fairy Springs have a 32-inch LED TV with more than 50 channels. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$87 - $97

$87-
MALFROY Motor Lodge Rotorua - Accommodation and Mineral Pool

MALFROY Motor Lodge Rotorua - Accommodation and Mineral Pool

Offering free unlimited in-room WiFi, heated pools and fully secure apartments with central heating, MALFROY is located 10 minutes' walk from the CBD, Kuirau Park, restaurants and bars. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$87 - $138

$87-
Ledwich Lodge Motel

Ledwich Lodge Motel

Just 200 metres from Lake Rotorua, Ledwich Lodge offers self-contained accommodation offering lovely lake views. It boasts free Wi-Fi, an outdoor swimming pool and a tour desk. Some accommodation offers a spa bath. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$87 - $114

$87-
Holiday Inn Rotorua

Holiday Inn Rotorua

Holiday Inn Rotorua is a modern hotel overlooking the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and Historical Village. It features free parking and free use of the heated swimming pool and fitness centre. Up to 2 children under 12 eat and stay free. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$87 - $274

$87-
Lakeside City Apartments - Penthouse and Studio

Lakeside City Apartments - Penthouse and Studio

Boasting beautiful views of Lake Rotorua, Lakeside City Apartments - Penthouse and Studio offers spacious modern accommodation with free continental breakfast and a large private terrace. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$88

$88-
Princes Gate Hotel

Princes Gate Hotel

The Princes Gate is a historical, boutique-style hotel in the centre of Rotorua. This classical 4.5-star hotel is opposite the Polynesian Spa and the famous Government Gardens. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$89 - $201

$89-

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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