Tourism News

New tourism venture launches on Lake Rotorua

A unique waka (canoe) paddling attraction for Rotorua locals and visitors is set to open this weekend – just in time for the start of summer.

Giving Australians a taste of Rotorua

Destination Rotorua and 15 tourism operators have been travelling across Australia this week to showcase Rotorua to travel agents and conference organisers.

Rotorua retains its gold-level mountain biking status

The International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) has reconfirmed Rotorua’s status as one of the world’s best mountain biking destinations by renewing the city’s gold-level Ride Centre™ status for another four years.

Trail lowdown - find your perfect match

Got the kids in tow? On a mission to see breath taking views? Or keen to get some serious exercise? With over 130km of single track mountain bike trails and hundreds of kilometres of walking tracks, there’s a plethora of options in Rotorua to choose from. Let us help you pick the right spot.

Celebrate Matariki in Rotorua

As the Matariki star cluster Pleiades appears over our southern skies to signal the Māori New Year, Rotorua will celebrate with a range of free events, including a kai (food) competition.  

Top day trips from Rotorua

With some of New Zealand’s most beautiful beaches, underground caves and Hobbiton Movie Set within an hour or two’s drive, why not stay an extra few nights in Rotorua and add some day trips to your holiday. Here are some of our top day trip suggestions:

Experiencing kai the Rotorua way at TRENZ

Elevating TRENZ cuisine with experiential elements and sharing the stories and history behind the flavours, will give TRENZ delegates a deeper understanding of Rotorua this week.

Top tips for Rotorua businesses preparing for TRENZ

Travel professionals from around the world are touching down in Rotorua ahead of New Zealand’s biggest tourism trade event TRENZ next week, giving local businesses the opportunity to benefit from increased demand in the city.

Three Rotorua attractions take out Qualmark Experience Awards

Rotorua Canopy Tours, Redwoods Treewalk and Kaitiaki Adventures are three of the seven winners of the inaugural 100% Pure New Zealand Experience Awards held by Qualmark.

Largest international conference to be hosted in Rotorua

Rotorua is hosting the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) conference on 7-11 April 2019, which is the largest international conference that the city has ever secured.

Rotorua to host first North Island GODZone event

In 2020, Rotorua will become the first North Island location to host the world’s largest expedition adventure race, GODZone.

DOC and i-SITE sharing our public spaces with visitors

A new Department of Conservation visitor information hub opens in Rotorua's central i-SITE.

New Wingspan site is now open to visitors

A new chapter is underway for one of Rotorua's longest running conservation stories.

Visitor industry celebrates Chinese New Year

Rotorua’s visitor industry celebrated the Chinese New Year in Auckland this week at Destination Rotorua’s China-New Zealand Year of Tourism event.

Rotorua Koru symbol showcased on new street flags

A new Koru design created for Rotorua is now displayed on street flags around town. The distinctive symbol represents Rotorua’s geographical features and plays an important role in Destination Rotorua’s work to promote the city as a place to live, visit, study, do business and invest in.

OGO launches one-of-a-kind Towgo

OGO, a popular Rotorua tourist attraction has developed their own unique design to solve an operational issue, which has both business and environmental benefits - introducing the Towgo!

Four Rotorua restaurants win national culinary awards

Rotorua diners are being served up award winning dishes, celebrating New Zealand’s top quality beef and lamb.

Christmas Day in Rotorua

Find out what activities & restaurants are open on Christmas day for your family & friends to enjoy!

Encouraging responsible camping

Rotorua’s central i-SITE is helping to promote responsible camping this summer by enticing visitors to use free Wi-Fi.

Bringing back the Pink and White Terraces

Waimangu Volcanic Valley has launched an augmented reality (AR) app that will allow visitors to experience the Pink and White Terraces for the first time since they were destroyed in the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera.

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