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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.

Family from Australia falls in love with Rotorua

The Cooper family from Victoria, Australia, loved Rotorua so much they extended their stay – and they’re already planning their return visit.

Business attraction or business development: which creates more jobs in Rotorua?

The nurturing of both new and existing businesses plays an equally important role in Rotorua’s economy – that’s according to a new report by economist Benje Patterson commissioned by Rotorua Economic Development.

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.

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.

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