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Popular amenities for Rotorua vacation rentals

Stay near Rotorua's top sights

Redwoods Treewalk150 locals recommend
Polynesian Spa131 locals recommend
Redwoods – Whakarewarewa Forest117 locals recommend
Kuirau Park59 locals recommend
Skyline Rotorua198 locals recommend
Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park4 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Rotorua

  • Total rentals

    1.2K properties

  • Rentals with a pool

    90 properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    150 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    770 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    98K reviews

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $10 before taxes and fees

Your guide to Rotorua

All About Rotorua

On the southern shores of magnificent Lake Rotorua on New Zealand’s North Island, the city of Rotorua is a lively urban hub in the midst of a wild natural landscape. Mokoia Island in the center of the lake is the setting of one of New Zealand’s most well-loved stories from Māori mythology, in which the beautiful Hinemoa swims out to the island to join her lover Tutanekai.

There are a number of carefully-recreated Māori villages nearby, such as Tamaki and Te Puia, where you can watch performances and listen to ancient stories of the Māori people. You won’t forget the hāngi, where food is buried underground with hot stones and shared out.

Rotorua is a key place to witness New Zealand’s famous geothermal activity, with a variety of parks featuring spectacular geysers, steaming pools, and bubbling mud. The area has also become an internationally-recognized mountain biking destination thanks to a string of MTB parks, from Redwood Forest and Whakarewarewa to the gondola-assisted Skyline Gravity Park.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Rotorua

Rotorua is in the Bay of Plenty region, where the climate is mild and temperate. Sheltered and inland, the city is rarely windy and has warm summers from late November through March. It can get quite frosty in the winter months of June to August, so pack warm clothing if you’re planning to rent a house in Rotorua at this colder time of year.

In March, the city comes alive with the tunes and community spirit of the Rotorua Lakeside Concert. This outdoor event showcases New Zealand artists, including Māori performers, classical artists, and contemporary bands. The evening always ends with a spectacular fireworks show. Another popular event is the Rotorua Festival of Gardens, which is held over three days every second year (odd-numbered) and features nearly 50 gardens across the region open for self-guided tours.

Top things to do in Rotorua

Polynesian Spa

The naturally therapeutic geothermal power of the Rotorua region has been harnessed by people for centuries, dating back to the Te Arawa Māori tribe in the 12th century. The Polynesian Spa sits right beside the lake in central Rotorua, offering 28 different hot mineral pools, some fed by the Priest Spring, which is slightly acidic, and some from the alkaline Rachel Spring.

Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve

It will take a whole day to explore the extensive Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve on the edge of sprawling Whakarewarewa Forest Park. You can take a guided walk through the recreated Māori village, follow the e-bike trail through the forest, or travel on foot through a landscape that demonstrates the raw power of nature with colorful, steaming lakes and spouting geysers surrounded by lush ferns and manuka. The Pohutu Geyser is often the star of the show, erupting up to 20 times every day up to nearly 100 feet in the air. Watch food being cooked in hot pools and learn more about how the Māori people have lived in harmony with this land for centuries.

New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute

Created as a place to preserve and promote traditional Māori culture, art, and practices, the Māori Arts and Crafts Institute holds an impressive collection of pieces from all over New Zealand that have ties to the Māori peoples. Learn the history of these crafts as well as the skills needed to create art in the traditional style, including carving and weaving.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Rotorua?

    Rotorua experiences a mild, oceanic climate. Summers (December to February) usually have temperatures ranging from 70-80°F (21-27°C), while winters (June to August) are cooler with temperatures between 40-60°F (4-15°C). Rotorua can be rainy year-round, so remember to pack a rain jacket regardless of when you visit.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Rotorua?

    Popular activities in Rotorua include exploring the geothermal wonders at Wai-O-Tapu, relaxing in the hot pools at Polynesian Spa, or visiting the Maori village of Tamaki Maori Village. Adventure enthusiasts can enjoy mountain biking in Whakarewarewa Forest or zorbing at OGO Rotorua.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Rotorua?

    The most frequented time to visit Rotorua is during the summer months of December to February, with temperatures ranging from 70-80°F (21-27°C). During this time, events like the Rotorua Bike Festival and the Lakeside Concert draw visitors from far and wide.

  • What are the best places to stay in Rotorua?

    Explore the heart of Rotorua in the Central city, experience the lake views at Lake Rotorua, or immerse yourself in nature by staying near Whakarewarewa Forest. For thermal spa experiences, consider Ohinemutu and Fenton Park. Ngongotaha, known for its adventure sports and fishing activities, is another option.

  • What are the best places to visit in Rotorua?

    Rotorua is home to many popular sites. The geothermal Wai-O-Tapu, Polynesian Spa, and the Maori village of Tamaki Maori Village are often recommended. Nature lovers would enjoy Whakarewarewa Forest and Lake Rotorua, while the Hobbiton Movie Set and Skyline Rotorua provide unique experiences.

  • What are some hiking trails in Rotorua?

    Rotorua has a range of hiking trails to suit all abilities. The Redwoods Treewalk offers stunning views from suspended walkways, while the Lake Okareka Walkway provides a tranquil waterside stroll. The Whakarewarewa Forest Loop is a favorite among locals and visitors alike, and the challenging Tarawera Trail leads to a hot water beach.

  • What are some family activities to do in Rotorua?

    Families can enjoy fun-filled activities in Rotorua. Visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a wildlife experience, enjoy the geothermal wonders at Te Puia, or have a thrilling ride on the Skyline Rotorua Luge. Agroventures Adventure Park and the 3D Trick Art Gallery are also worth a visit.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Rotorua?

    A day trip to Waitomo Caves for glowworm spotting is frequently suggested. You can explore the geothermal wonders at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, or visit Hobbiton Movie Set for a taste of Middle Earth. Another idea is to explore the beautiful beaches of Mount Maunganui, about an hour's drive from Rotorua.

  • Are there Rotorua vacation rentals on Airbnb with pools?

    Yes! Dive into the perfect getaway at one of over 90 vacation homes with pools in Rotorua, available on Airbnb. Make a splash and soak up the sun in style!

  • Do house rentals in Rotorua have a gym?

    Absolutely! We offer over 20 house rentals with a gym in Rotorua. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

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