Rotorua Travel Guide

  • Rotorua
    by Spearfish
  • A Good Show
    A Good Show
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  • Te Puia
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Rotorua Things to Do

  • Wai-O-Tapu

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Even if you have been to Yellow stone park, here is still a must see wonder. The large area covered with various geothermal craters and hot springs and unlike in Yellow Stone, the color come from minerals instead of bacterias. NZ$32 an adult, well worth it.

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  • Te Puia

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    A visit to the Pohutu Geyser is a must when staying in Rotorua.It is situated in the Whakarewarewa thermal valley.The largest of several geysers within the valley which erupts on average once or twice each hour and can reach heights of up to 30 meters.Pohutu Geyser is a complex spring which discharges water in a cyclic manner.It is believed that a...

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  • Te Whakarewarewa

    …or Whakarewarewa… or Whaka is one the most visited thermal areas in Rotorua. It is still a living Maori village in the middle of hot water pools, bubbling mud and mineral springs. After paying the entrance fee we entered the village through an archway and could join a guided tour (or stroll alone) along the several points of interest. The first...

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Rotorua Restaurants

  • Delicious Smoked Mash!!!

    Brew Restaurant is part of the Croucher Brewing Company in Rotorua (with a second location in Tauranga). Located on Rotorua's 'Eat Street' it has both outdoor and inside seating with great service.I enjoyed the Croucher Pale Ale which I had ask accompaniment to their slow braised souvlaki lamb shank which is served with smoked potato mash and...

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  • Great Pub Food

    General friendly pub with great service. The pub is in the old Police Station! I had the Beef Schnitzel - a beautifully crumbed large steak served with vegetables and mashed potatoes with lashings of gravy.Mum had the Portobello Stuffed Mushrooms - stuffed with garlic, cream cheese and herbs - which she really enjoyed

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  • Funky and Friendly

    Great and appealing cafe food, with a flare and individuality. Friendly and interesting staff, always happy to oblige. I really enjoy the nice decor, and funky atmosphere.PicNic is open - Mon to Sat 8.00am to 4.00pm French Toast was amazing, with French Bread soaked in egg, fried and presented with fried banana, maple syrup, cream and lovely...

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Rotorua Nightlife

  • Maori Culture Show & Dinner

    I really wanted to go to a Maori cultural show and was told that they are all pretty much the same. Originally we were going to do a dinner & show that was about an hour drive from Rotorua.Since we were staying at the Novotel we did the dinner & show there. The dinner was nothing to talk about. There was chicken, meat, fish, salads, veggies etc......

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  • Maori Dancing

    During dinner, traditional dances are performed, including the women only poi dance where fluffy balls on strings are whirled around.

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  • Maori Concert

    Leaves are scattered on the floor for the guest representative (David) to pick up to show that we all came in peace. The traditonal Maori greeting of rubbing noses together then ensues before we are allowed to eat.

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Rotorua Transportation

  • Fly to/from Rotorua

    Rotorua International Airport provides an opportunity to fly between New Zealand locations with services offered by both Air New Zealand and Sunair Aviation.Flights are offered to a wide range of destinations around New Zealand, as well as Trans-Tasman flights to Sydney (via Air New Zealand) during the summer months of September to May.I flew from...

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  • Intercity : Paihia to Rotorua

    If you are travelling around New Zealand without your own wheels, one of the options available to you is Intercity New Zealand.Intercity have a number of ticket options available to you; these include pass options (so that you can keep your itinerary flexible) as well as single/return journey options.If you need to make a firm itinerary to ensure...

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  • A very reasonably priced minibus...

    When in Rotorua, and you need to move around quite a bit, as most of the attractions are quite spread out. If you do not posses a valid driver's license, there are very few public transport options, and taxis can be very costly. Please give GRUMPY LIMO (aka Rotorua city transfers) a try. I was introduced to this by a friendly staff at the visitor...

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Rotorua Shopping

  • Souvenirs

    Rotorua is a great place to buy traditional Maori crafts such as woodcrafts, jade jewellery and items, the ever popular and visible Tiki, which is an important symbol of good luck. Also a good town to also buy other goods, woollen products, also Paua Shell jewellery, bowls - many beautiful items made of Paua.

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  • Plenty of Local Shopping

    The two main streets are Tutanekai and Hinemoa and the City Focus Square is within walking distance, providing the services an information centre. There is an abundance of craft and souvenir shops so if something uniquely New Zealand is what you are wanting, this is the place to get it. There are also clothing and fashion stores, ice cream...

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Rotorua Local Customs

  • Taxes

    Departure tax of $5 NZ is now compulsory on departing from Rotorua Airpot now. These taxes go towards the new airport.

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  • Maori Culture Shows

    I really recommend taking in one of several Maori cultural shows on offer while you're in Rotorua. The Maori people are very serious about preserving their heritage, history, culture, including dance (most famous of all is the maori Haka war type 'dance' that the NZ Rugby All-Blacks team do at the start of their matches to try and intimidate the...

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  • MAORI CULTURE

    Rotorua is considered to be one of the main centres of Maori Culture in New Zealand. For many years there were trained Maori guides who led tourists around the different natural sites surrounding Rotorua. Even today many guides in the area are ancestors of these people. The main tribe in the Rotorua area is the Te Arawa tribe. Most Maori are...

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Rotorua Warnings and Dangers

  • BRIGGS LAKESIDE COTTAGE ROTORUA - Very...

    WARNING _ this is a flithy dirty place - dont stay thereunsafe area - grotty this place is a filthy dump dont stay there they say they have 2 bathrooms if u like to have a bath in a filthy bath thats so dirty i wouldnt wash the dog in it - then this is a place for you this place is not cheap and very overpriced- very dirty and not clean the yard is...

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  • Silver Jewellery

    This is not exactly a danger tip,Just be aware though that if you have Silver Jewellery, it may pay to pack it away in a sealed container or the air in Rotorua (which contains sulphur dioxide) may well turn it black for you.

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  • Empty and unsafe at night

    Rotorua is quite unsafe and empty at night, it is a town with no nightlife (all cafes and facilities close at about 6pm) and the streets are empty except young people (many ofthem Maori) hanging around or loitering by the lake. Also, I have been asked for drugsand hassled for money on the streets.It is not recommended walking alone.

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Rotorua Tourist Traps

  • Mt. Tarawera Volcano Tours

    Although Mt. Tarawera is a place of extraordinary beauty and history and the tour is great I list this in the tourist trap section because this company has succeeded to keep all visitors off the volcano who do not book with them. Either you accept their price or you do not see anything. Until a few years ago you could still walk up to the crater...

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  • Polynesian Spa among top 10 spas??

    Polynesian Spa is claimed to be among the top 10 spas in the world - in Austria you find spas spread all over the country which are way more luxurious and better and offer way moreservice to bathing guests.Since the pools are sulphuric and smell, it is not advisable to stay longer than 20 min in the hot water - still there are no reclining seats or...

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  • Avoid Orakei Korako, part 3

    Morning finally came and not a moment too soon, it was a cold, cloudy morning (33° [1°C] at 7.30), although you could see steam rising from hot quagmires. This was the one morning I didn't shower due to lack of of hot water together with the cold temperatures and lack of heat inside. I didn't want to spend the rest of the trip suffering from a...

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Rotorua What to Pack

  • July Packing List

    During our time in Rotorua, we experienced several different weather patterns. At first, it was bright and sunny, and I felt at home in a long sleeve shirt and jeans, although quickly this turned into rain. I would recommend layering during this time. Readily available in town.

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  • My Bag

    Wear comfortable shoes as walking is a must do around here.Hat / sunglasses for a hot sunny day. Sunscreen is a must too.An umbrella for a rainy day. Can be found in the nearby supermarkets Can be easily found in the town center Can be found but you might want to carry what you have already with you.

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  • Packing List

    You don't really need to carry every stitch of clothing you ever owned for an average-sized trip here. If you go in the winter like I did, pack warm threads. I don't see anything different you would need to stow in your toiletry bag here than to any other country or, for that matter, a short business trip within the States. A 35mm camera with as...

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Rotorua Off The Beaten Path

  • Wai-O-Tapu

    This attraction consists of a serious of geothermal pools and bush walks and the infamous Lady Knox Geyser. They are located just south of Rotorua and are best reached by car. You should buy your ticket at the main location and then drive back to the geyser. The geyser goes off only once a day at 10.15am. The interesting thing about the Wai-o-Tapu...

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  • Agrodome

    The Agrodome is a 160 hectare working sheep and cattle farm which gives international visitors a real hands on live experience of farming. There is complete interaction with goats, cattle, sheep, deer and baby lambs. There are many performances throughout the day including sheep shearing and dog trials. It is a unique experience for city and...

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  • Skyline Gondola and Luge

    Skyline Skyrides take you up 487m above sea level to a fun on Mt Ngongotaha which overlooks Rotorua, Lake Rotorua and the surrounding areas. There is a restaurant and bar at the top which of course has a spectacular view, and informal eating area and The Luge. This is a world first, 1km gravity ride on a 3 wheeled luge cart which of course has a...

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Rotorua Sports & Outdoors

  • Rugby with the Waikato Chiefs

    I wanted to see a rugby match so we rented a car and drove about an hour to see the Waikato Chiefs. The Chiefs play in the Super 12 Rugby league with teams from NZ, Australia and South Africa.The game was fun but I didn't have much of an idea of the rules. It was fun to watch the people in the crowd screaming and wearing funky outfits.

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  • Sledging on the Kaituna River

    Everyone is familiar with river rafting, but for those extreme sport obsessed New Zealanders that just isn't extreme enough. So for the slightly braver (or possibly stupider) they offer River Sledging. Basically, a sledge is similar to a body board (boogie board) except bigger, heavier, and with handle bars on the front. The rider simply lays on...

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  • Rotorua Reebok Ekiden Relay

    For the last two years I have entered a relay team in this marathon distance event around scenic Lake Rotorua. This year a team from my work entered (see picture). It was an awesome team building type event and a lot of fun!

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Rotorua Favorites

  • Visitor Information Centre

    Most visitors to Rotorua will encounter this striking looking building on Fenchurch Street. The towns official tourist information office, you can find everything here from the standard array of information leaflets, to accommodation booking, tours and activities, shower facilities, luggage storage facilities, and a decent gift shop.

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  • Te Whakarewarewa

    You pay around £ 6 for adults ad £3 for kids to get into visit Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and after that you can explore Maori village, kiwi house, Frog pool, Maori concert etc for free. You don’t have to pay for individual events.

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  • Rotorua Museum

    Rotorua Museum of Art and History, Te Whare Taonga O Te Arawa. Built at the beginning of the 20th Century, this building was originally the Bath House. New Zealand's history is very young, but this is one of the earlier gems. Of course the influence of the British settlers is apparent, this building is an architectural icon of New Zealand. The...

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