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Best things to do in Rotorua

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Trail
“There are two options for walking in The Redwoods. Walk the Redwoods Grove or other longer Whakarewarewa Forest walks on the ground. Check out the options in the Redwoods Visitors Centre. The Redwoods treewalk gives a viewpoint from up the trees. This option is particularly spectacular at night, with its atmospheric lighting. I recommend getting there either before dark or late to avoid the crowds. Last entry is around 10pm.”
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Pedestrian Plaza
“Eat Street is one of Rotorua's coolest hot spots in the city. At the lake end of Tutanekai Street you will enjoy quality restaurants, cafes and bars. The covered central walkway with retractable roofing is the focal point for this all weather al fresco dining area making it ideal for year round entertainment. The thermally heated footpath and enhanced lighting gives Eat Street a unique and vibrant dining atmosphere.”
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Café
“Fantastic views, luging is fun for the entire family, for the more adventurous the sky swing. Offer a great buffet meal in the restaurant.”
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Point of Interest
“Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is a spectacular showcase of New Zealand’s most colourful and unique geothermal elements sculpted by thousands of years of volcanic activity.”
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Hot Spring
“Multiple hot pools of all different temperatures, right next to lake Rotorua. So relaxing...”
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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.”
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Hot Spring
“It's the best place for a hot swim in a natural river setting, it's pretty unique to this geothermal area. Leave valuables (money, passport, cameras etc) behind or locked safely in your car, just take the bare minimum with you for your swim i.e. water bottle, snacks, swimwear, towel and jandals (aka flip flops, thongs). Enjoy a hot swim in a natural setting, expect an organic experience and in summer it is extremely popular. ”
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Performing Arts Venue
“See an example of what our Villages used to look like back in the past. Experience the cultural performance and hangi meal as well. ”
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Zoo
“great for young children (especially the Big Splash ride) and the showcases for viewing native creatures ”
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Park
“This is a park in the centre of Rotorua. It's a great place to see some thermal activity at no cost. There's even the opportunity to soak your feet in a thermal pool. On Saturday mornings there's a market also, held by the playground.”
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Garden
“It is a beautiful place to visit, for the museum, the grounds, and the cafe.”
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Tourist Information Center
“Rotorua Central Station for Intercity coachline, taxi, Rotorua city buses and some private tour buses.”
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General Entertainment
“A selection of indoor activities including ten pin bowling, mini golf, laser tag and various escape challenges. within walking distance”
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Pub
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“Historic Pub just out of Eat Streat. Great food, wines, beers and live music.”
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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.”
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Restaurant
“The best restaurant in town, with tapas-style sharing plates. A great place to go if it's a special night or you feel like spoiling yourselves. Best to book!”
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