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Rotorua ( has a population of 68,000 and is an iconic tourism destination attracting 3.3 million domestic and international visitors annually. 

It is a thriving city with an economy focused around tourism, retailing, forestry and manufacturing. 

Rotorua is often referred to as the ‘Lake District’ because of the number of fishable lakes within its boundaries. 

It was historically New Zealand’s first tourism destination, because of thermal features such as the Pink and White Terraces (destroyed in the 1886 Tarawera eruption). Rotorua continues as the centre for geothermal attractions and visitors are immediately aware of the geothermal environment because of the characteristic scent of sulphur in the air.

Lake Rotorua and Rotorua City in the foreground

In addition to the geothermal attractions, Rotorua offers a wide range of activities for visitors including walking and mountain biking through forests (Whakarewarewa Forest has a magnificent stand of giant redwoods), boating and fishing on the many lakes, white-water rafting, river jet boating, 4WHD driving up Mt Tarawera, and tourist attractions such as the Rainbow Springs and kiwi encounter, Burried Village of Te Wairoa, Agradome, Agroventures, Ngongataha Skyline rides and luge, Paradise Valley Springs wildlife park, and Te Puia Maori arts and crafts centre. Alternatively, visitors can relax in one of the many spas. 

Several other attractions are nearby. Lake Taupo and the coastal city of Tauranga are each only an hour drive away, and Mt Ruapehu is less than two hours drive from Rotorua.

Apart from the abundance of local tourism attractions, Rotorua offers visitors a range of accommodation options, a vibrant retail district of more than 250 shops and more than 50 restaurants including European, Italian, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, and Mexican cuisine options. A visit to 'Eat Street' is not to be missed!

Rotorua is the heartland of New Zealand Māori culture, with Māori making up approximately 35% of the population in the Rotorua district. 

Prince of Wales Feathers and Pohutu Geysers,
Whakarewarewa thermal park, Rotorua

Te Puia Māori Village         

Things to do in Rotorua


Hot Pools

Wildlife Parks

Geothermal Wonders

Transport in Rotorua

From the Airport

The airport is located about 10 minutes' drive from Rotorua city centre. All major car agencies have service desks located at Rotorua Airport, otherwise the airport is serviced by shuttles, taxis and bus services. For now it is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport and taxis.

Airport Shuttles

Shuttles can be found outside Rotorua Airport's arrival gate. It is a cost effective way to travel into the city and nearby accommodation. Discounts apply if two or more people are travelling together. Please note that the journey can take longer at peak traffic times or when there are several drop-off along the way, so allow enough time to reach the your destination in time.

Bus/Public Transport

There are 11 bus routes which cover the Rotorua Urban area and its many tourist attractions. Bay Bus Route 10 travels between downtown Rotorua and the airport every hour, 7am  - 6pm, Monday  - Saturday, 7.30am and 4.30pm on Sundays. The bus stop is located on the left as you exit the main entrance doors at the airport. You can buy your ticket from the driver.


Taxi services are available to and from Rotorua Airport. Taxis can be found outside Rotorua Airport's arrival gate. There are 2 main taxi companies that are located at the Airport.

Rotorua Taxi, Phone: 07 348 1111

Taxi Cabs Rotorua, Phone: 07 347 9797

App-based transport

Uber and Ola operate to and from the airport. You need an account with the app and must order your car from your mobile phone. 

Car Rentals

Leading rental car companies operate out of Rotorua Airport.


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