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Things to do in Rotorua

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Pedestrian Plaza
“Dont know what to eat and where. Eat Streat is a pedestrian only covered collection of rotorua dining establishments. From ice creams to fine dining is catered for”
  • 61 locals recommend
Trail
“This forest with a its many amazing redwoods trees is a local favourite for fantastic walking tracks ( free) If you want to experience the walk high in the trees (there is a charge for this) The redwood centre has everything you need to know . ”
  • 68 locals recommend
Cafe
“ So much ❤️fun! Take a gondola to the top of the mountain, the view from above is spectacular with the lake and town, and there is a wide platform to view from. The restaurant and seating on top is also great and offers the same views.”
  • 67 locals recommend
Hot Spring
“A lovely thermally heated pool, choosing the family pool option. A shallowerpool option suited to families. We take our grandchildren here”
  • 48 locals recommend
History Museum
“Te Puia spans 70 hectares within the historic Te Whakarewarewa Valley, on the edge of town. It is the home to the world famous Pohutu geyser, to mud pools, hot springs, to silica formations to the Kiwi bird and the national schools of wood carving, weaving, stone and bone carving. Te Puia shared these treasures with manuhiri (visitors) for 170 years and proudly continue that legacy today.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“A great experience for those wishing to partake in a Maori feast (hangi) and traditional Maori song and dance.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Zoo
“This is a lovely place to visit, situated right next to the skyline. Children love it here, there is a play area a ‘big splash’ boat ride and a nocturnal house showcasing our native bird the ‘kiwi’. The kids can feed the trout and just generally have lots of fun”
  • 32 locals recommend
Park
“Get a taste of geothermal activity on our doorsteps. only 5 minutes away and free of charge. you cant beat it. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Nature
“A geothermal hot spot including "The Artists Palette". A lake edged with multi colored silica.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Hot Spring
“Lovely spot away from town to enjoy view from the pool and walk beside a boiling water stream. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Bar
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“The best place for craft beer in town, and the food is pretty good too - typical pub food but very good quality.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Tour Provider
“Haven't done this yet but everyone I speak to rates it as the best thing to do in Rotorua”
  • 26 locals recommend
Pub
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“Good quality reasonably priced pub grub. Pig and whistle caters to all tastes, with great atmosphere and often live music. In winter they run a great pub quiz.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is our favourite restaurant in Rotorua. It is a little more pricey but the food is excellent. A great combination of flavours served in a sharing tapas style. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Tourist Information Center
“Book your trips, get information on local sites, catch the bus to your next destination or day trip. Beautiful historic building with the new library and awesome green space just behind it. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Health and wellness
“About 10 minute drive from accommodation. Great example of thermal activity. Mud pools and thermally heated swimming pools.”
  • 23 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Cafe
“ So much ❤️fun! Take a gondola to the top of the mountain, the view from above is spectacular with the lake and town, and there is a wide platform to view from. The restaurant and seating on top is also great and offers the same views.”
  • 67 locals recommend
Bar
“The best place for craft beer in town, and the food is pretty good too - typical pub food but very good quality.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is our favourite restaurant in Rotorua. It is a little more pricey but the food is excellent. A great combination of flavours served in a sharing tapas style. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Very popular with locals and tourists, Capers caters for Breakfast, Bruch, Lunch and Dinner.”
  • 24 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“A selection of indoor activities including ten pin bowling, mini golf, laser tag and various escape challenges. within walking distance”
  • 22 locals recommend
Buffet
“Our favourite, if you want a variety of foods alk delicious with an amazing veiw then this is worth the price. Can get deals online sometimes. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Cafe
“Fill your belly with A Mexican/morrocan twist like enchiladas, burrito's & salad's, their tapa menu is my favourite! colourful rooms to choose from or sit out the back in the bar area. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Cafe
“Third Place Cafe’s features tick all the right boxes: a children’s play area that makes the spot family friendly, expansive views of Lake Rotorua that enhance the cafe’s ambiance and substantial meal offerings that please all palates. If you’re looking for a quick bite to eat, try some of the baked goodies; the cafe’s custard slices are meant to be some of the best in town.”
  • 17 locals recommend

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