Rotorua is in the heart of the North Island, and is famous for its geothermal activity in and around the area.


The Rotorua district, or county, encompasses a large area in the central heartland, and the city is located on the southern shore of Lake Rotorua, and is the local government seat for the district.  It is part of the larger Bay of Plenty District, which stretches from Waihi Beach on the northern coast, just north of the city of Tauranga, to Lottin Point in the east around the horseshoe-shaped Bay, and south as far as the town of Rangitaiki and the top of the Rangitaiki River.


With around 56,000 inhabitants, the city of Rotorua is big enough to offer everything  you might need or want, without being so big that you can be overwhelmed and get lost!  It is approximately 3.5 hours drive, 148 miles (237km) south of Auckland, 1.5 hours, 67miles (108km) from Hamilton and just over an hour to the Bay of Plenty coastline.


Outside of the main city, like most areas in New Zealand, the scenery is stunning!  The natural surroundings of beautiful lakes, dense, lush forests, imposing volcanic mountain peaks  and verdant, green valleys and farmland, compliments the region's main attraction of the geothermal active areas.  At several sites and parks, such as at the Waitapu Thermal Wonderland, Kuirau Park and Whakarewarewa, you can find bubbling mud puddles, spouting geysers and multi-coloured hot spring pools, all set amongst stunning scenery.   This natural wonderland offers the ideal locale to experience so many different other outdoors activities, from walking/hiking, moutain biking, water sports, river rafting, fishing, off-road safaris and excursions, to helicopter and floatplane sightseeing tours, bay and lake cruises, museums and Maori village tours and Heritage experiences.


Travelling around the area is easy, with an expansive, well-maintained and uncongested road and highway system, making self-driving a pleasurable experience.  If you don't want to drive yourself, there several coach and rail operators offering numerous itineraries to various destinations, and within the city, and in some local towns, taxis are available.


Accommodation in the area is huge and varied, from boutique hotels and lodges, motels, and serviced apartments, to holiday homes, farmstays, caravan, camper and camping sites and small and personal homestays and bed & breakfast properties.  This offers a huge choice for every budget and itinerary.


Elsewhere within the Bay of Plenty District, you can visit the seaside town of Tauranga, with its miles of golden sand beaches, many parks and outdoor activites, walk around and see amazing views from Mount Maunganui, several off-shore islands to explore, rivers and waterfalls to visit, and miles and miles of uncrowded roads through breathtaking scenery and friendly villages and charming towns.




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Transpacific's recommended hotel selection

Distinction Hotel Rotorua, Rooms available from £95 per room, per night

Near to the famous geo-thermal areas of Rotorua, and a few minute walk from Rotorua town centre and the lakefront, the 124-room Distinction Hotel Rotorua is a perfect place to be based to explore the area.

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Millennium Hotel Rotorua, Rooms available from £107 per room, per night

Located in the centre of Rotorua town, the Millennium Hotel Rotorua offers 227 well appointed rooms, is within walking distance to many attractions and a short drive to the parks and geo-thermal attractions of the Rotorua area.

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Koura Lodge, Rooms available from £203 per room, per night

Just 5 minutes drive from Rotorua town centre and all its shops, restaurants and attractions, and situated right on the edge of peaceful Lake Rotorua, lies the 10 room Koura Lodge, offering a range of room types, all with beautiful lake views.

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