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Based in Rotorua, River Rats Raft & Kayak have been offering quality adventures for over 30 years. There’s something for everyone, from a gentle grade 2 scenic raft trip suitable for participants as young as 5, through to full on grade 5 action featuring the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall. There are also plenty of Rotorua Kayaking options available as freedom hire or a guided tour. Paddle the local lakes to a secluded beach or enjoy a hot water swim only accessible by boat.
Our units are set up to be self-catering, totally spacious and all on one floor with no stairs and the luxury of a private spa pool in every unit!
17 spacious ground floor units. All designated smoke-free for your comfort with parking at your door. The rooms at Arista Capri Motel are furnished with superior Single Beds, Queen Beds and Super King Beds. All units have been tastefully decorated to a high standard complete with kitchen or kitchenette, high speed wireless and geothermal heating for cosy winter nights. Discover the delight of your own private spa pool after your long day. Soak in fresh thermally heated hot water to help relax your body & mind.
Arista Capri Motel at 290 Fenton Street, on Rotorua's main street, giving guests convenient access to the City and local attractions, within a 2 - 5 minute drive. Adjacent to Arawa Park Racecourse, 2 minute drive to Golf Course (9 & 18 hole), 150 metres to Licensed Restaurants and Bar , 2 minute drive to Te Puia and the world-famous Pohutu Geyser. We are a pick up / drop off for the evening traditional Maori Hangi & Concert shows.
Our rooms are very flexible and suitable for 2 - 6 people.
Here at Arista of Rotorua, we are so much more than just a place to sleep, we want to know you by name.Whatever you may be visiting Rotorua for, whether it be Business, Adventure, or Leisure, we are here to make sure you have the best experience possible, with superior tourism advice and discount vouchers for most Attractions. We have been voted No1 Hotel in New twice now, 2015 and 2017. For best rates down load a discount coupon.
The multitude of cultural and adventure activities offered in Rotorua, along with the ‘Motel Mile’ on Fenton Street, has led Rotorua to be affectionately nicknamed named “RotoVegas” by generations of Kiwis who visit this vibrant city to play, stay and have fun! Rotovegas Motel plays on this fun nature by offering fun and groovy rooms that make your stay a little bit more memorable. Your Hosts Phil and Carey are well travelled, offering a wealth of local knowledge and a very warm greeting. 4 Star Motel.
Rotorua's most famous Cafe landmark, offering a wide selection of delicious big breakfasts, healthy salads, mouthwatering mains. Kick start your day with a hot coffee in our colourful environment full of local artwork and cuisine masterpieces. Fat Dog is located in central city, Rotorua. Close to other amenities including Rotorua i-SITE Visitor Centre, Government Gardens and the Museum, and Rotorua Lakefront.
As locals we love living here in Rotorua. We have such a vast array of beautiful lakes, endless nature walking tracks, thermal wonders and a long list of activities to explore. As I have told many of our guests, our longest guest-extended-stay was eight days. This was a lovely couple from Melbourne with a teenage daughter, who came for one night and we kept them busy for 8 days. Using Rotorua as a base they did a few day trips to the likes of Taupo and Whakatane, but spent most their time in Rotorua.
An evening at Mitai will give you an authentic introduction to Maori Culture leaving you amazed and in awe. Enter the world of Mitai who are New Zealand's , “Kapa Haka” cultural performer champions. Be enthralled by the natural bush setting, see warriors wearing traditional dress, paddle an ancient warrior canoe (waka) down the Wai-o-whiro stream, and don’t miss your opportunity in the Rotorua area to see glow worms in their natural habitat. Marvel at the crystal clear water full of eels and trout, flowing directly from the earth at the sacred Fairy Spring. See your traditionally cooked hangi meal being lifted from the ground. The cultural performance area is a replica of how one of the many villages used to be, and therefore is as authentic as you can get it. The experience includes free pick up from the accommodation, so be sure to let them know where you are staying when making the booking. You get to witness Maori warriors paddling in the waka (canoe), cultural performance, hangi meal cooked the traditional way in the earth oven in the ground, and a glow worm walk into the forest.
Executive On Fenton features spacious, modern accommodation with free Wi-Fi. Accommodation boasts either a 2-person spa bath or a private courtyard with a 4-person spa pool. A few minutes' walk from local shops and 2 minutes' drive from Lake Rotorua, this property includes free private parking. All accommodation offers a kitchenette with a refrigerator, microwave and tea/coffee making facilities. Each suite and studio offers a seating area, a work desk and a flat-screen TV. Continental breakfast is available for an extra charge. This property is also rated for the best value in Rotorua! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city. Guests can dine at Urbano’s restaurant, situated next door and serving a variety of local and international food. Executive On Fenton is a 10-minute walk to Rotorua Central Mall. It is a 12-minute drive from Rotorua International Airport and a 19-minute drive from Waiotapu Thermal Park. ZORB Rotorua is 12 km away.
Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort. New Zealand’s only Cultural Destination Spa Resort. Stay and indulge yourself in our 4.5 star luxury, lakeside Rotorua accommodation. Dine onsite in our award winning Mokoia Restaurant where you can experience the essence of Pacific Rim cuisine. After a long day of exploring Rotorua, pamper yourself in our internationally acclaimed Wai Ora Day Spa with complimentary use of hot mineral pools, kawakawa infused sauna & steam room. Let time stand still and the pressures of the world dissolve as you relax and enjoy your stay with us. You will love our beautifully appointed Rotorua hotel facilities at Rotorua's only lakefront hotel, set on the shores of Lake Rotorua. The Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort has all of the trimmings that you would expect of a Qualmark rated 4 star plus Rotorua hotel. Indulge yourself with 24 hour room service, access to our hot pools, sauna and spas all set on 2.5 acres of extensively landscaped grounds. The Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort offers peace and quiet that is normally only dreamed of. Let us make your Rotorua accommodation experience a very special and memorable event.
Geneva Motor Lodge is conveniently located along the popular Fenton street Motel Strip. With only a minutes’ drive to the centre of the city in one direction and then in the opposite direction only a 1 minute drive to the popular Te Puia thermal park. We provide that high end local knowledge, while ensuring that your stay in Rotorua is a memorable one. Our suites are quiet, well appointed and have the luxury of a private spa. We have a number of complementary offerings such as free WIFI, SKY TV, free parking and a information tourist desk. Geneva is a great central location along Fenton street and only 100m away to one of Rotorua’s best restaurants Urbano.
Located in the central city, just one block from the lakefront, Government Gardens, Museum and the famous ‘Eat Streat’, Aura is perfect spot to explore all the central city attractions, and fantastic new markets on offer by foot. The geothermally heated outdoor pool, proves a hit all year around to bathe and meet other travellers, or soak away in the 2 private mineral pools. The BBQ area is the perfect spot for socialising, and the geothermal steam box adds a uniquely Rotorua cooking experience. Aura offers a range of spacious units with kitchenette cooking facilities, free unlimited WiFi, free off street parking outside every unit and a comprehensive range of TV channels.
Conveniently located along Rotorua’s “Motel Mile”, Silver Fern’s 5-Star accommodation offers much more than a place to lay your head. Whether you’re in town to stage a mountain-biking adventure, visit one of the many local lakes, or experience Maori culture, you will find plenty to keep you busy in Rotorua. For personalised recommendations, our friendly hosts Allan and Shirley, and Paul and Carole can point you in the right direction. After a long day of exploring, return to our cosy sanctuary, where each of our well-appointed suites includes a private luxury spa. Head up the road to Eat Streat, where you can enjoy a range of dining experiences and the view out over Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island. For a bit of extra relaxation, consider booking a massage or beauty treatment at Silver Fern’s on-site spa.
Experience the taste sensations and relaxed fine dining atmosphere while enjoying the serene views of Lake Rotorua at the resort's award-winning Mokoia Restaurant. Sumptuous meals from our A La Carte menu always leaves a lasting impression. We offer guests the opportunity to \"Share Dine\" with a selection of dishes from our menu served on a sharing platter - perfect for large groups of food enthusiasts. Mokoia Restaurant holds the prestigious New Zealand Beef & Lamb award for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015 and the People’s Choice award for 2013. we offer a wide range of menu options including vegetarian and gluten free. The Mokoia Restaurant has something for everyone. Daily menu options include breakfast, high tea, lunch and dinner.
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The magic of New Zealand’s wildlife comes together in one incredible place - Rainbow Springs, Rotorua. Set amongst the native trees and beautiful forests of Rotorua, Rainbow Springs Nature Park offers a fun-packed and educational experience for the whole family. Learn about New Zealand’s fascinating natural history and come closer than ever to the creatures who call this great land of ours home. Watch trout swim, walk among different types of trees including Redwoods and native flora, see kiwi in their nocturnal house, chat to Jenny the Kea and view a variety of other birds in their aviaries. Café available, next to Playground, so you can enjoy a coffee while the kids play. The Bird Show runs twice a day during the school holidays. Trout food is available to buy. Your pass is valid all day, so you can return at night when kiwi are most active to see them in their open-air aviary. Bring a rain jacket and sunblock to protect yourself from the ever changing weather!
Five minutes from the city centre and nestled in a unique geothermal valley for over 200 years, Whakarewarewa, the Living Maori Village offers a journey of discovery. As you wind your way around the boiling mud pools and steam vents, our guides will have you spellbound recounting stories, and history handed down from our ancestors. Learn about how our people utilise these natural geothermal wonders for cooking our food, heating our homes and rejuvenating our bodies and spirits in the therapeutic waters. Our world famous Rotorua Geyser, Pohutu, is guaranteed to have you captivated with its power, as will the twice daily cultural performances by our resident group – Te Pakira. Our traditional Maori Hangi is served daily from 12:00pm to 2:00pm in our Café; take time to enjoy the people and the place.
Te Puia is the essential Rotorua experience, with remarkable geothermal features (including the famous Rotorua Geyser, Pohutu) and rich layers of Maori culture evidenced everywhere, from the land itself to the artworks, the people, their stories and traditions. There are a number of product offerings that can be viewed at their comprehensive website. Te Puia is a great one-stop-shop, if your time is short here in Rotorua. They have thermal activity, geysers, Maori Culture including their traditional carving and weaving schools. Café and Gift Shop onsite.
Escape and unwind at Rotorua's world-leading natural hot mineral bathing and luxury spa retreat. People have been bathing in these waters since the 1800s. Geothermal waters nourish skin and relieve tired muscles, aches and pains, while decadent therapies rejuvenate your body. Two natural springs feed into 28 hot mineral pools including the deluxe lake spa, private pools, adult pools, and the family spa. Indulgent retreat therapies range from Polynesian Spa's Signature Aix therapy, to mud body wraps, aromatherapy or relaxation massage and facials. Spa Essentials Shop and Café on site. Spa and Retreat Packages are available, including the Rotorua Spa Stories Package which includes admission to the adjacent Rotorua Museum.
Experience the geothermal features with a self guided map to show you around or join a guided tour of the reserve to learn more about the history, features and uniqueness of the geothermal area. After learning about the unique healing muds of Hells Gate during your walk of the geothermal area, experience for yourself at New Zealand’s Historic Spa experience - the Hells Gate Mud Bath and Spa. The Hells Gate Geothermal Park is Rotorua's most active geothermal area featuring a walkway lined with unique geothermal wonders and interactive opportunities. -Onsite Cafe - Shuttle Bus Service available - Bookings Essential. - Guided walks daily 9:30am & 1:30pm The geothermal park is opened from 8:30 - 430pm (1st April to 30th Sept) and 8:30 - 5:30pm for the summer months.
Established by a Missionary in 1850, the village was home to both Maori and European. Over time is became the birthplace of NZ tourism, as the gateway to the world famous Pink and White Terraces. On June the 10th 1886, Mount Tarawera erupted violently, and Te Wairoa was buried under metres of hot sticky volcanic mud. Over 150 lives were lost, the homeless moved away, and the village lay deserted. The destruction of the Pink and White Terraces meant that tourism in the area was over. The land was purchased by the Smith family where the Buried Village was discovered. The Buried Village is a historic site with an informative museum expanding on information from the history to the present. This is a lovely walk around the premise for reading letters exchanged between England and NZ after the eruption. Down the back there is a lovely walk to a magnificent waterfall. The track is steep, but short and well worth it. The cafe is styled on times gone by, giving that theme of what it was like in those days. The food is beautiful, and it's nice to try the Devonshire tea. There is also a small playground to keep the little kids entertained.
Kuirau Park Markets are on every Saturday morning from 6am to 1pm, organised by the good people of the Rotorua Rotary International Club. There are a range of offerings from breakfast items from a wide range of ethnicities, to stores selling clothing wear, to fresh fruit and vegetables. While mixing with the locals, you also get to listen to some local musicians playing a few tunes. The foot baths are only a few metres away and so is the playground for the kids to entertain themselves. A good start to the day to fill yourself up at the markets. The food is really cheap. The Soul Feast stand is my kids' favourite; freshly cooked Rewena Bread (Maori Bead) nice and hot, cut it open with plenty of butter and jam! During the winter time it’s nice to take of your shoes at the hot foot baths and soak your feet while having a fresh cup of coffee.
Volcanic Air offers a range of exciting tours that will take you exploring our unique and beautiful environment. You have the option of experiencing the romance of landing and taking off on a float plane. Take a helicopter to explore beyond Rotorua’s crater rim and explore the vast amount of lakes in our district. Or the bucket list ticket -the ultimate landing on the dormant Mount Tarawera and then flying out to the amazing White Island. We have a wide range of options that will enable you to get that true unique overview of our beautiful district. Flights are dictated by the weather, but advanced bookings are recommended to avoid disappointment.
Rotorua Canopy Tours provides a rare combination of fun, education and adventure - an experience that has been wowing both visitors and New Zealanders since 2012. Explore virgin native forests just 10 minutes from Rotorua, with a 1.2km network deep in the forest of ziplines, swing bridges, treetop platforms and walking trails. The best part – you help to regenerate this magical forest with a portion of your ticket contributing to conservation. Go Pros are available at the office for hire to record your experience. Come and enjoy New Zealand's number one tourist attraction.
We offer Tandem or Solo ten minute parasailing flights from our purpose built Parasailing boat. Feel the exhilaration of free flight of up to 400 feet and admire the scenery. You take off and land directly on the back of the boat, so no experience is necessary as you are controlled by the skipper.
Prepare for the perfect fantasy experience with the thrills of a jet boat ride, the serenity of New Zealand’s untouched nature, the adventure of squeezing through tight rock passages and the refreshment from dipping in a mystical hot spring waterfall. See for yourself why the native NZ Maori once fought over these mystical lands and fantasy-like caves surrounded by overhanging ferns. Begin your journey with a scenic jet boat ride through Tutukau Gorge. Sit back and take in the remarkable landscape, learn the history and legends of the area and enjoy an abundance of unique wildlife. Marvel at the 50 metre tall walls of the gorge and no visible houses for miles – NZ only pure landscape.
The only urban city cycle tour in Rotorua. Saddle-up for a leisurely cruise wheeling to 27 sights along 7km of flat cycle trails avoiding traffic, this is Ideal for anyone who enjoys the simple pleasures of riding a bicycle. Key Highlights: • Ohinemutu Historic Maori Village • Kuirau Thermal Park • Sulphur Bay • Government Gardens Happy Ewe Cycle Tours provide a complete and interactive overview of Rotorua from a historical, cultural and geothermal perspective. Showcasing boiling lakes, tales of cheeky fraudsters, miracle syphilis cures, historic photos and more. Great for those that don't have a car or want to have that personal overview on our beautiful city. The location is perfect for walking to the various popular cafes!
The unique 90-minute sightseeing adventure takes place on land and water, on-board our WWII amphibious Duck. Unlike any other tour in Rotorua, the duck tour is the best way to see the city and experience the beauty of the surrounding lake district all at once. Our Duck Tours begin right in the heart of the city where you will discover the sights and sounds, and learn all about the rich history and diversity that makes Rotorua such a unique destination. With your conDUCKtor you will venture out of town to the spectacular lakes district where you will see magnificent views of Mt Tarawera and “SPLASHDOWN” into Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) and Lake Okareka. You can bring non-alcoholic drinks and snack on board and enjoy these while on tour, provided you dispose of your packaging thoughtfully. Also during hot days in summer, bring your swimming togs and towel – you might get a chance for a quick swim in one of the lakes. The weather here in New Zealand can be very changeable, so please bring warm clothing. In winter, gloves, hats and thermals are recommended. The sides of the Duck fold down to keep the cold out, and we have blankets on board during winter. Do not forget your camera, as there are plenty of opportunities to get some great snaps!
OGO Rotorua is an iconic adventure experience that is great all year round. Visitors are offered multiple ride options, where 40 litres of water is added (cool in summer, warm in winter). Slip and slide with water down the world’s longest 350m H2OGO Sidewinder track, or race one another down the two double Straight 250m H2OGO tracks. Or try out our latest creation, the DRYGO. Designed to simulate a wet ride on our straight track, the DRYGO is the perfect alternative for those that want to experience the OGO but stay nice and dry. Ogo is located in the hub of a cluster of Tourist Attractions. So it’s the perfect experience to complete, if you are wanting to use some energy before your next attraction time starts. The kids absolutely love OGO!
Visit one of New Zealand's best-loved tourist attractions on a real sheep and cattle farm. See our 19 breeds of sheep, watch the farm dogs in action, pet and have your photo taken with the animals, watch a live sheep shearing demonstration, or hand-milk a cow. Your ticket includes access to the Farmyard Nursery so you can feed the baby animals. Plus access to a free live dog trial! Plus, join the Farm Tour to explore a real working farm, hand-feed loads of friendly animals, and sample delicious kiwifruit juice and honey from our land. The Agrodome is one of New Zealand’s must-see attractions, open in any weather, 365 days a year! Bring a rain jacket and sunblock to protect yourself from the ever changing weather, Gumboots are also recommended. Free entry to children 0 - 4 years. 3 shows per day: 9:30am, 11:00am & 2:30pm. Full commentary is available in 10 languages.
On the eastern side of Lake Rotorua, there is a majestic and relatively unknown Reserve with crystal clear springs and towering Redwood Trees. This is simply nature at its best. The icy waters are crystal clear with hues of turquoise, greens and blues. Hamurana Springs is the deepest natural freshwater spring in the North Island of New Zealand, and reaches the surface from the depths at a consistent 10 degrees all year around. If you look carefully in the water you can see wild trout. Please note, no fishing or swimming is allowed, this is a sacred river to the local Maori people. As the river enters Lake Rotorua there is a nice little swimming hole there. The stands of Redwood trees are massive and truly amazing.
Rainbow Mountain is located 25 minutes' drive from Rotorua heading southwards Taupo, about 25 km. Rainbow Mountain is a geothermal landscape with a unique coloured terrain. There are a number of walking and mountain biking tracks. The walk to the summit will take about an hour and a half depending on fitness level. At the top of the mountain the view is amazing – overlooking lakes, Tarawera, Rerewhakaaitu and Rotomahana to the North, and to the South, Tongariro National Park and Lake Taupo. There are a number of native plants that are unique only to the geothermal environment. The walking track entrance is only about 400m away from Old Waiotapu Rd which leads to Kerosene Creek. Crater Lakes Walk offers great views of two volcanic craters set against a backdrop of bare brown, orange and red steaming cliffs. When leaving your car in remote spots please don’t leave valuables in the car.
Kerosene Creek is a natural hot stream that flows through nature, leading over a waterfall. This is real Kiwi rustic adventure. No changing rooms, just nature to hide behind while you change into your trunks (togs). If you have been for a local tramp, this is a perfect way to relax the muscles in the body. This is an approximately a 30 minute drive from Rotorua. As with most bathing in thermal hot pools, try and keep your head out of the water. The drive down to Kerosene Creek from the main road is about 3 km, but the road has lots of potholes. Also please don’t travel there and leave valuables in the car, some cars have been broken into. Take a rubbish bag so there is no excuse to leave rubbish behind! It can get busy there during peak periods. Phone reception is limited.
The Redwood Forest is one of Rotorua’s jewels of the district. This is a just a magnificent outdoor recreational playground. With over 5600 hectares of forest, most visitors can explore the abundance of walking tracks, or venture out onto the world class mountain bike tracks. There is an abundance of Californian Coast Redwoods that are just mind blowing. A good place to start is Long Mile Road where you have the option of 30 minute, 1 and 2 hr walks which are all colour coded. For more information go to www.redwoods.co.nz There is an Information Centre there to help you. A new product has also been launched at this spot which is Tree Walking through the heights of the Redwood trees. The Redwood Forest is a must to visit, this is truly a wonderful place.
Ohinemutu is one of our older local Maori Villages nestled on a beautiful setting overlooking the Rotorua Lake. This is the home place of the Ng?ti Whakaue tribe where the local people still utilise the thermal resources for heating, cooking and bathing. Visitors are welcome to visit and discover the natural way resources are used in the modern world. This is a spiritual location, with the St Faith’s Church sitting proud amongst the Tama-te-kapua Meeting House and the other local thermal facilities. The location is only a 10 minutes’ walk from the town. There is a small Church donation required for entry to help on the upkeep of the building. Ask where the location of the Maori Arts and Craft shop is; there are some amazing original pieces. This can be incorporated as part of the Sulphur Point, Lake Front, Ohinemutu and Kuirau Park Mountain Bike ride circuit. Keep to the paths at all times.
The Government Gardens are a part of Rotorua City, housing the beautiful Rotorua Museum built in the early 1900s. This is a spectacular location with beautifully maintained gardens, where you can really feel the history and wander through the vast number of gardens and relax. Certainly worth a drive in and a relaxing wander. The Rotorua Museum is currently closed pending a full seismic assessment. Outside the Walls is a free guided-tour that runs twice a day at 11.00am and 2.00pm, departing from in front of the Museum. Please visit www.rotoruamuseum.co.nz for more information about scheduled exhibitions and events, which have been moved to other locations.
Kuirau Park is located on the edge of Rotorua City. This is a public park where you can relax and enjoy walking through the beautiful gardens, and exploring some of the geothermal hot-spots the parks has to offer, including mud pools and hot steam. On Saturday mornings you can enjoy the Kuirau Park Markets, which is great to have breakfast and mingle with the locals. It’s an idea place for a picnic, walk, bike ride or watch the kids play in the local playground. Kuirau Park has a series of thermal foot baths to rest and soak your weary feet. Feet only, not bodies! There are a number of barriers where it is advised to stay behind. Thermal activity is dangerous. Stay behind the rails. Enjoy!