No trip to the North Island of New Zealand is complete without a stop at Rotorua. From the sulphor smell throughout the place, which knocks you over upon arrival, to the PRince of Wales geyser, to the Maori living village and the lake side activities including float plane and helicopter rides over the entire area, this is one stop not to be missed.
Food wise there is an "eat street", and all tastes are accommodated for. Book in advance if there is a public holiday weekend, accommodation can get very tight there.
Very interesting to experiment the culture of natives, to see the development of the city over the years through earthquakes, to get a sense of the subterrenean activity (geysers, boiling muds), to pamper oneself in one of the very diverse spas.
You must go to the Luge. You take a gondola ride up the hill and then zoom down the side of it at high speed on a glorified tray!! Hells Gate is also highly recommended, especially the mudpools and sulphur bath, after a walk around the site.
A must visit place : Mitae Maori Village Where the world of Maori is showcased with great pride and passion, through the knowledge and understanding from ancestors passed down from generation to generation.
Rotorua is a resort place for relaxing. You can also visit various mud spa just around the town. The Maorie buildings are worth to visit if you want to understand the culture of this nation.
Our 4 day visit. Day 1: Travelled from Auckland and visited Hobbiton before driving back across to Rotorua for 2pm check in and walk around Kuirau Park to look at some mud pools (free).
Day 2: Rainbow Springs then Agrodome and back to Rainbow Springs for twilight session. Day 3: Over to Waitomo Caves and then back to Rotorua for Te Puia Cultural Experience and dinner. Day 4: Blue, Green lakes and Redwoods (these places are free and highly recommended). We only just scratched the surface of things to see and do. On our next visit from Aus we'll definitely go back again.
We went there for the hot springs, it was pretty decent! One of the pools had views over the lake, we went there at night and the next morning, just to see what the differences were.
Then decided to have some SPA treatment as well...such a relaxing weekend!
Redwood forest and Lakes walks,, Buried Village experience, Evening Cultural experience and hangi, Polynesian Spa, Urbano Restaurant- all recommended, interesting and memorable.
A lovely town with so many beautiful sights to see and activities nearby. 2-3 days here and 1-2 in Taupo would be perfect to see such a beautiful part of the world.
Wai O Tapu, Waimungu, Lake Rotorua, Jetboating (nz riverjet is great value), Skyline, Hobbiton tours (half day trip to the Shire from LOTR), Te Puia, and much more all in one region with Rotorua in the centre! Look out for some shuttles if you don't have transport, like the Thermal Land Shuttle, they are the best way to get around to the volcanic sights and are very flexible. Enjoy your stay!
I would recommend redwood trees walk. It is 10 minutes driving from the city and easy to handle. soft ground and you can choose walking longer or shorter route.
you can also choose to ride bysicle in the forest. a very nice experience without climbing any steps.
The flight over tarawera in the floatplane for $215 NZ is well worth it a most amazing experience. The luge is another must but not if the queues are long!
classified as big city and the inhibitant was less friendly then smaller cities. even the I-centre employees were less co-operative during closing time.
they should think that those walk-ins usually foreigners and need their guidance. look like Rotorua does not need repeat visitors.
Roturua located in a good place which is in the central of Matamata, Taupo, Beach of plenty. Stay here and you could go around lots of different spot.
Lovely place with LOTS to do! Must take the cable car up the mountain and ride the luge! Golf, bungy, luge, spas, thermal wonderland.
...... everything a bit expensive but great!
Loads to do here I recommend to stay about 4 nights if you can to see everything and not be rushed and allow self to recharge.
drive your self if you can. Loads to see just check out the brochures
There are so many things to see so we asked the staff and they told us and gave us directions even to the best places to eat
Everyone warned us about the smell but it really is not that bad. The shopping is pretty good and the food is excellent.
The thermal mud pools are amazing to watch as they bubble and spurt. The sulphur pools are definitely worth seeing as is the lake and museum.
Rotorua is a beautiful city with lots of natural scene, cultural activities, and farm show. great for family trip!
Great place to visit as there are a number of natural places to visit showing the inner worksings of our planet.
Also have many great activities for the adventure seeker. Pretty counrty side views and well worth the drive rather then a flight.
10 free attraction places e.g museum, maori village, beach... Many other's attraction places that cost money e.
g spa's, thermal pool... Mud bath at Hell Gate shouldn't miss it as this is the only place to have mud bath in the whole New Zealand. Good experience.
Only there for 2 nights & a day. We had good meals, friendly staff at restaurants, "Eat Street" a great idea.
Our only sightseeing was Rail Cruising in Mamaku and I can recommend this as someting different as well as learning a bit of history.
Lot of things to do & see, interesting thermal mud boiling, colour volcanic lakes and an amazing Huka fall.
Must see the Maori cultural attactions
The Mitai Maori cultural evening - just a few minutes up the road - was really excellent, including dinner.
I stayed 3 days and had lots to choose from to see. Being older I kept to a slower pace and enjoyed it all.
Don't miss taking a spa(I went to Hells Gate) going to Te Pui-The basic tour includes: guided walk through the park seeing sulphur rocks, pohutu geyser, hot springs, mud pools, explanation of area, some Marori history then viewed wood carving and weaving with demonstrations. Lots of photo opportunities. You can add on extra's and all recommended. I thought this place was very good value.
loads to see & do here worth staying 4 nights at least to see the area. go to the night show well worth it
Just a beautiful place to visit. People are ever so friendly no need to pay for parking in lots of places.
The Day spa's are fantastic and highly recommended. Spending time in Rotorua felt like home.
Rotorua is a great place to visit in the winter time, it's fun and exciting with all sorts of adventures.
Lovely India is a fantastic place to go for food and the market on Sunday is fab to explore and has some really funhings going on. I really enjoyed being immersed in the local culture and left Rotorua feeling like we didn't just do tourist stuff. The Gondola is great valueand a full day out, the luge is exciting, $25/head buffet lunch is worth it and view is spectacular. Can reccomen Wai-o-tapu geothermal reserve for your dose of scientific rotorua. We loved it!!!!
Gained world-wide fame as a health center under British rule, maintained and developed it over the years.
Many spas / massage centers. Many good restos for the small size of the town for breakfast, lunch and dinner. No one in town after 6pm, everyone goes home! Some restos open at night but city center deserted (but still very safe. Wrong place if you want late parties downtown.
Rotorua is known for its hot springs, so visiting during the cold months of winter would be most ideal.
However, if you're looking to do more extreme outdoors sports, then perhaps going in the summer would provide better weather conditions.