Hosted, B&B, homestay accommodation
Rotorua people are renowned for their generous hospitality. Their history of hosting international visitors stretches back 160 years. Rotorua's hosted options range from bed and breakfast establishments through to home, farm and marae stays.
A bed and breakfast option is likely to offer a clean, comfortable room with tea and coffee making facilities. A substantial cooked breakfast is usually offered as part of the tariff. While many have en-suite bathrooms, some have..
..shared facilities so it pays to check. Most hosts are well-versed in local attractions and activities, and can recommend with confidence.
Home and farm stays give international visitors a chance to really interact with locals. Farm stays also offers the opportunity to see, feed and/or pat animals. Breakfast is part of the tariff with dinner sometimes available as an additional extra by prior arrangement.
Visitors looking for an indigenous perspective to their Rotorua visit should seek out opportunities to experience personal interaction with Rotorua Maori. Aside from the array of very popular Maori cultural experiences; options include booking a product that includes a Maori guide/ambassador, using Maori operated businesses, having dinner with a Maori family, choosing a homestay with a Maori host or even an overnight stay on one of the marae in the region. View maori hosts here.
Perhaps best described as a Maori reserve, marae hold special significance for Maori - it is their ancestral home, a place where their iwi (tribe) meet for significant events both happy and sad, and the centre of their cultural life.
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