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Great Times on the Water

With water temperatures on the rise, it’s the perfect time to get out on the water. Whether you are a keen skier, wakeboarder or just enjoy a day out on the boat, spring is an amazing time to launch into Rotorua’s spectacular lakes.

Fun Times in the Forest

The Whirinaki Forest is the best example of lowland podocarp forest left on earth. Having developed over millions of years, it is often described as a dinosaur forest.

10 Wonderful Walks in Rotorua

Discover some of the great walks and trails that Rotorua has to offer.

Tech Savvy Ideas to Help Your Kids Explore Rotorua

Do you want to spend time with your kids but find you are competing with iPads, tablets, mobile devices and on-demand media? A trip to Rotorua this school holidays could be the clever parenting solution you’re looking for.

Ten Winter Hot Spots

Find out why Rotorua is the Spa Capital of the South Pacific

Aged Angus Eye Fillet with Porcini / roasted garlic sauce & Gratin of potato, truffle & blue cheese

Recipe from Stratosfare Restaurant Executive Chef Fred Kreutmayer

Tarawera Trail Marathon and 50km, 2015

This spectacular run and walk will start at Pohutu Geyser in the Whakarewarewa Thermal Field, Te Puia.

Get the Adrenalin Going

Everyone needs to scare themselves sometimes. Rotorua’s one of New Zealand’s best adventure destinations and home to a host of thrilling activities, many of them world firsts.

Spring Into Action

Spring is here… which means it’s time to shake off the winter blues and kick-start your fitness regime. Rotorua’s the perfect place to get active in new and interesting ways.

Explore Rotorua’s Wildlife Parks

With spring time here the wildlife parks around Rotorua will be getting ready to welcome a whole lot of new life.

Walking and Tramping Rotorua

There are plenty of short walks and big treks to keep casual walkers and passionate hikers happy in Rotorua

Treat your body kindly

With the cold winter weather well and truly here it’s easy to fall off the balanced lifestyle wagon. However, Rotorua’s the perfect place to get your health-buzz back on track with a weekend retreat.

Going back to New Zealand's Roots

Set aside a few hours on your next trip to Rotorua to discover these important parts of New Zealand’s history.

Warm up this winter

The chilly months are the perfect time to indulge in nature’s warm embrace in Rotorua. There are a ton of paid and free hot springs dotted around the region, so come and experience NZ's Coolest Hot Spot.

Quintessential Rotorua Bucket List

There’s nothing better than a New Zealand summer spent travelling around the country chasing the sun. Whether you travel with a tent, prefer to rent a lakeside bach, or stay in hotels or luxury lodges, Rotorua is full of unforgettable experiences and home to many bucket list ‘must dos’.

Whakarewarewa Forest - explore

Just five minutes from downtown Rotorua, a beautiful forest awaits you. The Whakarewarewa Forest is the perfect spot to feel revived with awe inspiring tree canopies and a myriad of places to explore from walking, horse riding and mountain biking trails, to lookouts, cafes and picnic spots.

Walk the Tarawera Trail

Rotorua has a mesmerising native walk which opened this summer – the 15km Tarawera Trail winding around the lake between the iconic spot of Te Rata Bay (Hot Water Beach) and Te Wairoa carpark.

Contemporary Maori culture evolves

As kiwis we love new artistic ways to tell our stories and some influential Rotorua creatives are doing just that with contemporary twists on Maori art and culture.

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