Tourism News

Rotorua locals encouraged to ‘explore local’ and support newly opened businesses

Destination Rotorua has launched the second phase of its In our Element marketing campaign, encouraging residents to explore their wonderful backyard and to support local businesses.

Rotorua says “Haere Mai” to New Zealanders at Level 2

Destination Rotorua says the city’s visitor tourism industry is raring to go as the country prepares to move into Level 2, and operators are extending New Zealanders an invitation to explore their wondrous city when domestic travel ‘restarts’ later this week.

Free things to do in Rotorua

Sometimes the best things in life ARE free – or, at least that’s what we think when we think about the lakes, forests, parks and mountains that are right here in our own backyard (and a little bit beyond, but still easily accessible).

Perfect places to stretch your legs

Now that we’re free to roam a bit further, grab your fam, jump into your walking shoes and head out to one of the many – hundreds of kilometres’ worth, in fact - walking and running trails we have right here in our backyard.

Let’s try forest bathing

Before you grab your favourite bubble bath and fluffy towel and head outside, there’s something you need to know: forest bathing generally doesn’t involve water. Or a bathtub.

John McRae welcomed as new chair

Rotorua Economic Development’s newly appointed board chair John McRae is already in the thick of it as the district works towards post-COVID-19 recovery.

Business support for COVID-19: a letter from Michelle Templer

Yesterday's announcement that the Government is raising the COVID-19 alert level has significantly changed the way that we will all be living - and working - for at least the next four weeks. I know this will have an impact on almost every business and our thoughts are with local teams as they work through the implications.

Destination Rotorua comments on Government's business relief package

The Government has today announced a wide-ranging business relief package to try and mitigate the impacts of Covid-19 on the NZ economy. The package includes a $500 million boost for health, $8.7 billion in support for businesses and jobs, and $2.8 billion for income support to boost consumer spending.

Networking event sells Rotorua to Chinese tourism market

Rotorua’s tourism industry celebrated the Chinese New Year in Auckland earlier this week at the annual Destination Rotorua Chinese New Year event.  

There’s lots to do on Christmas Day!

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

Secret Spot officially opens

The secret’s out – Rotorua’s Secret Spot Hot Tubs complex was officially opened yesterday by Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick.

Rotorua to benefit from Christchurch Airport's collaboration with Alibaba

A new partnership between Christchurch Airport and Destination Rotorua will benefit Rotorua’s tourism operators by strengthening Alipay’s contribution to the district.

Rotorua i-SITE takes on camping ambassador role

Rotorua’s i-SITEs are the first in the country to assign staff members as responsible camping ambassadors at free camping sites around the district.

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.

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