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Explore excavated ruins of a buried Maori village, demolished by raging lava from dormant Mount Tarawera, stroll through the galleries of the Rotorua Museum of Art and History, discovering ancient artefacts from early village life, or relax in the warm waters of geothermal springs, easing away aches and strains as you gaze over the remarkable scenery that hugs the town of Rotorua. Brightly colored Maori Meeting Houses stand as a symbolic reminder of ancient native customs, next to early bath houses with a predominant European influence. Waterski over the tranquil surface of crystalline lakes, or explore the outback on mountain bike, following winding trails across the lush landscape.

Things to see

When a town is located on the edge of a crystal clear mineral lake, you can bet you’ll find a plethora of spas taking advantage of the healing powers the water brings, and Rotorua certainly has plenty of them to visit. The Polynesian Spa is an impressive retreat with relaxing private pools, bubbling natural springs, and exotic therapies, and massages, all of which can be enjoyed with remarkable views over the glassy waters of Lake Rotorua. When you feel like a change of pace, the Skyline Rotorua is an impressive outdoor playground that attracts families, adventurers, and adrenaline junkies from around the world. Soar through the sky on towering gondola rides, zip down mountainsides on fast-paced luges, or hurtle through the air on the Skyswing for the best views of the landscape below. Just outside Rotorua, hidden in a mysterious forest, a traditional Maori village welcomes you to explore its culture, and ancient traditions. Dance around blazing bonfires, learn chants to summon ancestral spirits, and receive a Maori tattoo (optional) as a temporary symbol of your initiation.

Hotels in Rotorua

Exclusive luxury hotels in Rotorua embrace the verdant shoreline of this idyllic lakeside town, offering guests elegant rooms in historic colonial townhouses, or modern apartments in self-catering residence hotels. You’ll even find luxury backpackers hostels where modern design, friendly games rooms, and cafeteria-style kitchen facilities come as part of the package. Affordable accommodation is another option, especially if you’d rather save your funds to splash out on luxurious treatments at top-end spas. Rooms in discount hotels aren’t particularly glamorous, but you’ll still have private bathrooms with tubs as well as showers, ironing facilities, kettles for tea and coffee, and a filling continental breakfast that’s on the house.

Where to stay

Lake Rotorua is the main attraction in this quaint, inland town, so most hotels can be found close to its serene banks, but there’s more to a visit here than bubbling water. Around the area of Pukuatua Street, independent shops line both sides of the broad avenues, a haven for shoppers on the hunt for souvenirs, local crafts, and contemporary fashion. Street corner cafés offer everything from greasy burgers, to tasty health foods any spa would be proud to have on the menu, and elegant restaurants show off with modern cartes du jour and tantalizing wine lists.

How to get to Rotorua

International travelers have the option of arriving at Rotorua International Airport, which is a mere 5.5 miles outside the center of town, and from here, onward travel is as simple as grabbing a taxi outside the arrivals lounge. If you’re planning to explore this scenic part of New Zealand, you should be tempted to hire a car, and many hotels offer the benefit of private parking for residents.

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