There is no way you can get bored in a town with the nickname “Rotovegas”. This is an adrenaline junkie's paradise, but if Zorbs, luges and white-water rafts aren’t really your thing, this is one of the best places to get acquainted with traditional Māori culture - or you can find yourself a natural hot pool to relax in.

Why it doesn't have to be expensive to enjoy Rotorua


Discovering Rotorua's rich history for free

With a whole day in Rotorua spread before me, I decided to see what can be done for free with a focus on learning more about the city’s rich Māori history.

Family holidays

Where to take the kids during the Easter break and school holidays

Stuck for ideas where to bring the little and not-so-little ones? We have you covered.

Māori culture

Darkness lets you see Te Puia's geysers in a new light

The sounds seem amplified without the day's noise pollution. The experience is heightened, more personal and the pools take on their own personality.


Where you can experience a feast of polynesian culture here in NZ


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The hidden hot pools of Lake Rotoiti

These pools are the oldest commercially operated hot springs in New Zealand.


If you build it, they will come: NZ's best new hotels

It's been a tough year to open up a hotel, but there have been some quality new offerings around Aotearoa.

Travel news

North Island tourism alliance gets funding boost

Waikato, Rotorua, Lake Taupō and Ruapehu tourism organisations have been working together under the Thermal Explorer Highway banner.


The Kiwi city named on list of 'cheesy places you can't help but love'

OPINION: The worldwide spots that are shamelessly kitsch and pull in huge numbers of visitors.

Wellness holidays

Three of the best day spas to get a good pampering

After the year we have had, we all deserve a bit of TLC.


Rotorua's 4WD experience: Fun in the mud

Wild driving through native forest, over obstacles and down some massive drops.


Getting extreme in Rotorua: By land, air and water

Rotorua can never be called boring as Dane and Stacey tackle the adventure capital head-on.


How to meet Bloom: the baby kiwi named after Dr Ashley Bloomfield

Rotorua's National Kiwi Hatchery is a pretty remarkable place to visit.