Located on North Island's Lake RotoruaRotorua is a charming town that’s known for its rich Maori culture and abundant geothermal features. During your visit, you can spend time in natural hot pools, explore vast geyser fields, tour fascinating Maori cultural sites or find other thrills in the great outdoors. Perfect for kids and adults alike, Rotorua is a great destination for an unforgettable holiday experience. Whether you’re planning a family trip with the kids, a romantic couple’s retreat or a solo adventure, take a look at the best activities and accommodation in Rotorua to get ready for your holiday.

Accommodation types in Rotorua

Whether you need space for the whole family or want private, cosy rentals for a couple or just yourself, Rotorua offers a wide array of accommodation options for your holiday. Find out more about the types of accommodation and amenities you can expect from a trip to Rotorua.

Hotels and resorts

Rotorua is filled with hotels and resorts that give you convenient services to make the most of your stay. Ranging from budget-friendly to luxurious, hotels and resorts offer exciting amenities like onsite pools and spas, dining, bars, fitness centres, waterfront views and concierge services. If you’re travelling with family, resorts also offer childcare services, organised activities, kid-focused pools and outdoor areas and more. Best of all, you can book hotels and resorts that offer enough space for everyone.

Family holiday homes

Offering space, convenience, self-catering and privacy, holiday homes are one of the best options for your stay in Rotorua. With a holiday home, you’ll have a home away from home with convenient features like a full kitchen, additional bedrooms and living space, outdoor entertainment areas, backyards and more. Rotorua holiday homes come in virtually every size and style you can imagine, including luxury homes, country cottages, lakefront penthouses and swanky apartments. You can also book holiday homes with decadent amenities, such as pools or hot tubs. A 3-bedroom lakefront holiday home offers space for 8 people, a lawn that connects right to the lake beach, watersports equipment and children's amenities like toys, games, television and a high chair.

Bed and breakfasts

If you want a cosy space that comes with the benefit of local knowledge, hosted accommodation like a bed and breakfast is an excellent option. Rotorua has numerous bed and breakfasts and homestays that give you space and privacy in wonderful family homes, cottages, city apartments and lakeside lodges. With hosted accommodation, you’ll have local residents to help you discover new attractions and activities for families with children and first-time visitors.

Things to do in Rotorua

From thrills in the forest to geothermal spas to wildlife encounters, Rotorua has something for every interest. Whether you want fun and educational experiences with the kids, romantic couple’s time or adventures in the outdoors, you’ll find it all in Rotorua. Take a look at the best activities for your trip.

Romantic experiences

Rotorua has plenty of geothermal reserves and high-end spas that are perfect for a couple’s trip. Places like Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland and the Polynesian Spa let you indulge with natural hot pools and decadent spa treatments together for a pampered trip. You could also visit Government Gardens, a lakeside park with a museum and bathhouse. The Rotorua Night Market is another incredible attraction for couples. The market hosts international food vendors and local craftsmen for a unique shopping experience.

Family activities

If you’re bringing the kids to Rotorua, you’ll find plenty of family-friendly attractions for all ages. Rainbow Springs Nature Park is a highlight for kids with hiking trails, wildlife encounters and a charming kiwi hatchery. You could take the kids to Mitai Maori Village for cultural experiences in a bush setting or Whakarewarewa – the Living Maori Village for a Maori cultural showcase in vibrant geothermal landscapes. Kids will also like the Redwoods Treewalk, an aerial suspension bridge that travels through the forest canopy.

Outdoor adventure

From hiking and mountain biking to water sports to adventure experiences, Rotorua is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. You’ll find numerous lakes for fishing, waterskiing, boating and swimming, as well as vast natural landscapes with volcanic and geothermal features for hiking and biking. Rotorua has many tour operators for more adrenaline-fueled activities, such as the Velocity Valley Adrenaline Park for thrilling outdoor rides and white-water rafting or kayaking tours for adventurous families.