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World first adventure innovations

Rotorua is a place of adventurers so, naturally, there’s a raft of clever innovators here too. Rotorua has the most world first adventures of any city in New Zealand!

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.

Large Chinese incentive group visits Rotorua

A large cosmetics company from China is in Rotorua this week as part of a New Zealand incentive trip.

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.  

Rotorua shines for business events industry

Rotorua’s Business Events team is reflecting on a successful week promoting the city at the year’s biggest tradeshow for the business events industry.

Walking backwards into the future on the Tarawera Experience

A colourful scarred ravine streaks 17 kilometres across the peak of Mt Tarawera, a stark reminder of the eruption that took place 133 years ago today. The area remains a focal point for modern-day visitors to Rotorua, just as it was for those who first ventured here in the 1900s.

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:

New ownership invigorates Kaituna Cascades experience

Kaituna Cascades was the original company to explore and open up Rotorua’s Kaituna River for rafting in 1991, and under new ownership the business attended TRENZ for the first time this year.

Experience Rotorua's famous love story

Walk in the footsteps of Rotorua’s famous lovers Hinemoa and Tūtānekai at sacred Mokoia Island – a place steeped in cultural history and home to endangered wildlife.

A unique dance collaboration brings Rotorua’s story to life

Kapa Haka and contemporary dancers shared the stage this week to help tell Rotorua’s story to media, Government officials and senior tourism representatives at TRENZ. 

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.

Harness tech knowledge to connect with the world at Rotorua Techweek

Find out how businesses are harnessing tech to solve problems, tell stories and connect with the world at Rotorua Techweek from May 17 – 24.

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.

Chinese student wins week at Rotorua school

A 12-year old student from Yungu School in Hangzhou, China has been experiencing life in Rotorua this week after winning a competition to spend a week at a New Zealand school.

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.

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