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The best things in life are free

If, like many of us, you’re crunching the budget but itching to get out and do SOMETHING, we’ve got you covered. Think Papatūānuku (Earth Mother). Think lakes, forest, parks and mountains – all right here in Rotorua and perfect for enjoying year round.

Rotorua features in world-first gaming walk through

Rotorua experiences play a starring role in a new Tourism New Zealand campaign targeting Aussies.

Locals’ guide to family fun

Here’s a list of great local experiences and activities to keep you busy through the school holidays.

New Foodie Experiences

We've seen a lot of innovation over the last few months and there are some great new foodie experiences popping up in Rotorua.

Virtual experience brings Rotorua destination to life

A new, innovative and exciting way of presenting Rotorua’s conference venues and tourism activities to event organisers was a huge success.

Rotorua luminaries share hopes for the city’s future

Rotorua played (virtual) host to Sir Bill English and a panel of local innovators  for a Zoom panel discussion focused on the city’s future.

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.

Rolling through winter Rotorua styles

Just because the riders of Crankworx have packed up, doesn’t mean you have to retire your bike until spring re-emerges.

Ride Rotorua like a local

Mountain biking the trails in Whakarewarewa Forest can be one of the best days out on your bike you will ever have.

Planning your biking visit to Rotorua?

So, Crankworx has enticed you to come to Rotorua to play on your bike? Great idea! Before you do, let us help you make a plan..

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.

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