Explore Rotorua and its stunning backyard
The Rotorua i-Site Visitor Information Centre, located at the lake end of Fenton Street, and the Redwoods i-Site Visitor Information Centre on Longmile Road, are both open seven days a week. The friendly staff are always willing to offer directions, advice and recommendations to enhance your stay in our dynamic city.
Just a three-hour drive from Auckland, Rotorua is the ideal place to discover the best of New Zealand. Use the Google Map to explore our city and lakes region. Our Interactive Map will show you where to stay, play eat and shop.
Known to locals as "The Redwoods", the 55,000 hectare Whakarewarewa Forest is the perfect playground for walkers, hikers, horse riders and mountain bikers, with magnificent stands of towering native and exotic trees.
If you're on foot, there is an array of hiking and running trails from short and easy circuits to full-day hikes which start off in the majestic forest. Going further afield will take you through a diverse range of native plants and exotic trees, leading to spectacular views of Rotorua.
Rotorua is New Zealand’s mountain biking mecca with Red Bull rating the Whakarewarewa network of trails in the top eight in the world and Australian Mountain Bike Magazine claiming them to be the best. You’ll see why when you explore the nearly 200 kilometres (and growing) labyrinth of more than 60 trails catering for everyone from absolute beginners to professional down-hillers alike.