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Top-rated vacation rentals in Rotorua

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Cottage in Rotorua
Special Rate! Modern Studio & Walk to the City
Our relaxing modern self contained studio is within walking distance to the city centre. It comprises of one bedroom, bathroom and modern kitchenette with fridge/freezer, cooktop, dishwasher, microwave (that also bakes and grills). Sit back and relax on the deck to recharge for your next adventure, whether that's mountain biking through the Redwoods, preparing for your next business meeting or heading into the bars & restaurants along Eat Street. You'll love how central this little Studio is.
$85 per night
Guesthouse in Rotorua
Cosy, Quiet and Clean Unit in Central Location.
Enjoy our cosy, self contained unit which is private and detached from main house. Comfy double bed with fresh linen and towels, thermal heating, enclosed outdoor space for morning coffees, and simple continental breakfast provided. Our unit is not modern in design nor has fashionable decor, but its clean, simple, cosy and central. Reasonable rate in quiet cul de sac street just minutes walk or bus ride to town, hotels, resturants and sightseeing attractions. Off street parking available.
$65 per night
Guesthouse in Rotorua
Urban Oasis: Modern, Cosy & Stylish with Spa
Located in the heart of Springfield on a main road sits this unique guesthouse on my property. Architectural designed with high-vaulted ceiling and mezzanine floor (unused) gives a spacious feeling to this smart and cosy space. Only a 10min drive from the Rotorua CBD or 15 minute bike ride along the cycle path to the famous mountain bike forest - The Redwoods. Once you’re settled in you may enjoy the top deck with outdoor furniture and Weber gas bbq and soak and relax in the spa/hot tub.
$71 per night

Stay near Rotorua's top sights

Photo of Redwoods Treewalk
Redwoods Treewalk150 locals recommend
Photo of Polynesian Spa
Polynesian Spa131 locals recommend
Photo of Tamaki Maori Village
Tamaki Maori Village27 locals recommend
Photo of Kuirau Park
Kuirau Park59 locals recommend
Photo of Redwoods – Whakarewarewa Forest
Redwoods – Whakarewarewa Forest117 locals recommend
Photo of Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village
Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village40 locals recommend

Other great vacation rentals in Rotorua

Townhouse in Rotorua
Papawai Townhouse No.11
$205 per night
Private room in Rotorua
Single sunny room, quiet area near Redwoods/Spa.
$31 per night
Guest suite in Rotorua
Loft on Lewis
$81 per night
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The Cottage Rotorua (entire self contained unit)
$99 per night
Guest suite in Rotorua
Well equipped, self contained central studio.
$64 per night
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Grandviews Apartment, Rotorua
$36 per night
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Classic Comfort
$68 per night
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Central Cosy 2 Bedroom Town House
$97 per night
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Studio on Hodgkin's Street Park
$86 per night
Private room in Rotorua
Kawaha Manor lakeside B&B
$60 per night
Guesthouse in Rotorua
Adorable Self Contained Studio
$85 per night
Private room in Rotorua
Manita's Airbnb - Fantail Room
$43 per night

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.

When is 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.

What are the 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.

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