Reasons to Meet in Rotorua

There’s much more than venue size and location to consider when planning your event or conference. Discover why Rotorua is your best choice.
 

Our people, our manaakitanga

The welcoming spirit of our people is found nowhere else. They’ve been carrying the guiding torch of their forebears for more than a century. In fact, many of whom are direct descendants of Aotearoa’s first tourism guides.
 
Our community of tourism, hospitality and events experts happily come together to make your event a success, even if it means working alongside competitors. They’re focused on the best outcome for Rotorua and want to ensure your delegates have the best experience possible.


Unforgettable venues

In Rotorua, we’re all about showcasing our incredible natural surroundings. Venues suitable for nearly any group size can be found in a geothermal valley, under the canopy of the giant redwoods in Whakarewarewa Forest, alongside a lake, on top a mountaintop, inside a rustic hilltop barn overlooking Mount Tarawera, and more.
 
If the ease of the city centre is what you’re after, options range from several hotel boardrooms and conference facilities – including the 5-star Pullman Rotorua – to our largest venue, Rotorua Energy Events Centre (EEC), a purpose-built convention centre with a 4,000-seat plenary.
 

Diverse range of accommodation options

As with our venues, Rotorua also has an array of accommodation options ranging from 5-star, historic and boutique hotels, to those that are lakeside, overlook geothermal hot pools, are near Whakarewarewa Forest, or at one of our secluded luxury lodges.
 
Pro tip: there are nine hotels within a 10-minute walk to the city centre.
 

Unique landscapes to explore

Geothermal
Whether you want to be immersed in a geothermal park with team-building activities or a dining or cocktail function, or allow delegates time to enjoy one or more in their spare time, we highly encourage visitors to check out the surreal natural geothermal wonders that surround us.
 
Forests
Whakarewarewa Forest, aka “the Redwoods”, is a hands-down favourite for locals and visitors alike. Easily accessible, it’s just a 10-minute drive from the city centre, but you’ll feel miles away in this tranquil 5,600-hectare paradise.
 
Lakes & Rivers
A whopping 18 lakes and three major rivers offer not only beautiful settings for activities, but they’re also host to numerous team-building and recreational uses, including world-famous whitewater rafting, kayaking to see glow worms, luxury catamaran cruising, and so much more.
 

Food and wine scene

The bustling hub of Eat Streat boasts nearly a dozen restaurants and bars that will impress even the most discerning diner. A mix of Kiwi and international eateries can be found here and throughout the city, including some with beautiful views.


Central location

Rotorua is just three hours’ drive from Auckland with direct flights service Rotorua from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Rotorua is the middle ground for those coming from both North and South Island.
 

Complimentary, unbiased event support

If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed with options and decision-making, or time is in short supply, simply hand the reins over to our team and let us do what we do best. We’re the experts at everything Rotorua and our services are always free and impartial.