Explore Rotorua and its stunning backyard – the beautiful Bay of Plenty and Central North Island
Rotorua is the winner of New Zealand’s most beautiful city award and home to 18 lakes, three major rivers, over 100,000 hectares of forest and world-class mountain biking trails.
The Rotorua i-Site and Visitor Centre, located at the lake end of Fenton Street, and theRedwoods i-Site and Visitor Centre on Long Mile Road are both open seven days a week. The friendly staff are always willing to offer directions, advice and recommendations to enhance your stay in our dynamic city.
Just over a 2.5 hour drive from Auckland, Rotorua is the ideal place to discover the best of New Zealand. Use the Google Map below to explore our city and lakes region. Our Interactive Map will show you where to stay, play eat, shop.
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Known to locals as ‘The Redwoods’, the 55,000ha Whakarewarewa Forest is a perfect playground for walkers, hikers, horse riders and mountain bikers with magnificent stands of towering native and exotic trees.
For those on foot, there is an array of hiking and running trails from short easy circuits to full day hikes which start off in the majestic Redwood Grove. Going further afield will take hikers through a diverse range of native plants and exotic trees, leading to spectacular views of Rotorua.
Rotorua is New Zealand’s mountain biking mecca with Red Bull rating the Whakarewarewa trails in the top eight of the world and Australian Mountain Bike Magazine claiming them to be the best. You’ll see why when you explore the 145km (and growing) labyrinth of over 60 trails catering for everyone from beginners to experts alike.
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