Why Relocate to Rotorua

It’s an exciting time to be in Rotorua

This is a confident city with a clear vision for the future. We’re achieving this vision through strong working partnerships with central government, iwi, local businesses and educators. Together we’ve embarked on a number of projects that are transforming the city as a desirable and sought-after place to live, work, do business and invest. Many of our major economic indicators point to ongoing growth, which is a sign that we are doing things right.
Surrounded by forests, lakes and geothermal resources, Rotorua offers an unparalleled lifestyle. Our central location means that so much of the North Island is close by. A dynamic and culturally rich group of people call Rotorua home and together we are creating a vibrant community with an excellent work-life balance and a great standard of living. More people are looking to the regions for affordable housing and a better lifestyle, and Rotorua is well placed to capitalise on that.
We can offer you a better way of connecting, a better way of working and a better way of living. 
Commercial property is readily available with more cost-effective options than in many other regions. Homes are still affordable and new builds are on the rise. Rotorua also has excellent data and telecommunications connections.
Many places lay claim to being unique, but there really is nowhere else like Rotorua. A choice to establish your business here is a choice for a bright future. We look forward to working with you to bring your business to Rotorua.

Global reach

According to data released by Chorus in 2018, Rotorua has the third-fastest average internet speed in the country, enabling easy connectivity and global access.
Rotorua’s internet speed is faster than in main centres of New Zealand and some parts of Australia.


With our unique combination of a large commercial accommodation footprint, excellent transport links, and a comprehensive range of varied venues and function centres, we regularly welcome national and international business events with well over 1,000 participants.

Central location

Situated in the heart of the Bay of Plenty region, Rotorua’s location offers many strategic advantages to both businesses and residents.

Transport routes

Central to all North Island arterial trunk routes, Rotorua is the hub for transport and commuters travelling north to Auckland and Hamilton, south to Taupō and Wellington, or just over the hill to Tauranga and Whakatāne.

Adjacent to the Golden Triangle

Positioned just outside of the golden triangle of Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga, Rotorua reaps many of the benefits of proximity but without the price tag.

Population growth

Rotorua is located within three hours' drive of 50% of New Zealand’s population* with the city’s growth trends predicated to continue. Demand for services will increase and Rotorua is an ideal location as a service headquarters to access both the central and upper North Island.

Feeder towns

Within a 63km radius, a one-hour commute or less, Rotorua is easily accessible from the neighbouring towns of Tauranga, Whakatāne, Kawerau, Edgecumbe, Taupō, and Tokoroa, significantly widening the workforce catchment area.
Websites such as ridesharing.com and easycarpooling.com also make commuter travel more affordable for all budgets.
Golden Triangle dominates New Zealand’s long-term population growth
Hamilton 169,500 2.2%
Auckland 1,642,800 1.5%
Tauranga 144,700 2.7%
NZ excl golden triangle 2,885,100 1.6%
NZ 4,917,000 1.9 %

*Source: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment - Regional Economic Activity