Rotorua, New Zealand
If you're looking for relaxation with a bit of exhilaration thrown in to boot, look no further. The city of Rotorua has it all, with world-renowned spas and thermal baths to soothe those stubborn muscle aches.
But that's not all Rotorua's got to offer. You'll also find great fishing, Maori culture, and adventure options from mountain biking to jet boating. All of this is located smack in the middle of the North Island of New Zealand, only a three-hour scenic drive from Auckland and about five hours from Wellington.
For those interested in geology (we know you're out there!), Rotorua is a must-see. And while you may have heard something about the peculiar smell of the "Sulphur City" don’t fret: it’ll be the last thing on your mind only minutes after first encountering the incredible sights of this geothermal gem.
Getting in and around Rotorua
Rotorua's Airport services flights from a variety of destinations within New Zealand, with connections to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Queenstown. That means that you can easily fit Rotorua into your vacation schedule as a quick stop before heading on to the South Island. The airport is approximately 10 kilometres from the centre of the town.
Most people find their way to Rotorua via car, bus, or train. InterCity operates buses with connections to the major population centres of the North Island (along with many tourist attractions). The main train is the Geyserland, running from Auckland to Rotorua once each day.
The town centre itself is compact, and pleasant to explore on foot. Most likely, you'll be able to walk from your hotel or hostel to the restaurants or bars. If you do hire a car, and are coming into New Zealand from another country, take care with the roundabouts: the two or three in the town centre are a tad confusing, and locals tend to think they have the right of way!Rotorua Car Hire
For many, the best option for seeing the sights of Rotorua is hiring a car. The attractions within the town are set relatively far apart. If you'd prefer not to drive yourself, tour companies operate both inside and outside of Rotorua, and can generally be booked through the Tourism Office or your hotel or hostel.^ Back to top
You'll find accommodation in Rotorua, whatever level of service you're looking for. There's no shortage of motels, hotels, and hostels.