Rotorua: The perfect central location for exploring

Rotorua: The perfect central location for exploring

Rotorua is perfectly positioned at the heart of the Central North Island, making it an easy destination to add to your itinerary whether for a day trip, weekend getaway, or a week-long holiday.

From incredible mountains and geothermal landscapes, to tranquil forests, lakes and rivers; from creative home-grown winery, brewery, and coffee roasters, to eateries ranging from decadent to down-to-earth; from the rich history of New Zealand’s indigenous people to the multicultural region it’s become – it’s all this and so much more that makes Rotorua an exceptional holiday destination.

Mountain biking

Rotorua is a world-renowned mecca for mountain bikers, attracting riders to experience the gold-level trails in Whakarewarewa Forest.

In 2019 the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) renewed the city’s four-year status as one of the world’s best mountain biking destinations with their most prestigious gold-level Ride Centre™ status.

The forest contains nearly 200 kilometres of expertly built trails crafted to suit everyone, from absolute beginners (there’s even a kids’ loop, great for working out any pre-ride wobbles) through to extreme downhill competitors, and for any age and fitness level.

If you’re lacking gear but want to see what all the fuss is about, Rotorua is home to more than its fair share of quality bike shops, making it easy to hire everything you need and get first-hand trail advice.

Adrenaline seekers

Adrenaline junkies have additional heart-pumping adventure to choose from in Rotorua and beyond.

Some of the country’s most innovative and clever people living there have invented some of the most amazing attractions and activities such as the ZORB, Velocity Valley’s Shweeb Racer, and Skyline’s Luge.

Whitewater rafting the world-famous Kaituna River takes you over the world’s highest commercially raftable waterfall – a must-do while you’re there.

Family fun

Before you think Rotorua is all about activities that test gravity, the city also makes the perfect family destination, with options for everyone, from the 3D Trick Art Gallery or Rotorua Duck Tours’ WWII amphibious vehicle tour, to Rail Cruising, splashing in hot pools, feeding alpaca and other farm animals, and so much more.

Not sure where to start?

With so many choices in activities and accommodation, planning holidays can be a bit time-consuming and even confusing, so simply contact the friendly travel experts at Rotorua i-SITE Visitor Information Centre for free advice and bookings. They get the best deals on activities and accommodation, and you can trust them to arrange the fun, exciting, and memory-making experience you’d expect in New Zealand’s most-loved destination.

Plus, the Rotorua i-SITE team is the only booking agent in New Zealand that offers a 100% money-back guarantee with all Rotorua accommodation sales, making sure you are getting the best!

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