Rotorua Tourism

Visit Rotorua - Best of Rotorua

One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Rotorua is surrounded by as many as 16 lakes. What it is renowned for, however, are the mud pools, geysers and the smoke snaking out of its ground. The city is based on top of an active volcanic zone and is enveloped in a weak Sulphur smell. Nick named the Sulphur City, Rotorua is a heaven for vacationer possessing just about every type of activity a tourist could ask for.

There are entire parks and tours dedicated to adventure sports offering unique experiences like racing in a monorail or flying in a hovercraft. If that is not enough, Rotorua has parasailing, white water rafting, kayaking, mountain biking and dozens of trails for exploring.

For the historian in you, the city has plenty to offer, with various Maori villages, walks, heritage buildings like the Blue Baths and of course the enigmatic Buried Village of Tei Wairoa. Numerous museums and art galleries with intriguing and quality displays make this city a virtual tourist magnet and the Rotorua travel guides give an amazing insight into their culture and history.

Spas, mud pools and geothermal parks abound. Rich in volcanic ashes and minerals a day at the natural hot water springs is a feast for your mind and body. You can also relax in the mud baths as the mud cleans up all the built-up toxins from your skin and replenishes it.

The Redwood Forest being a short distance away, you can also participate in an eco-tour in Rotorua and explore the local wildlife. Or, go on a cruise on one of the many lakes surrounding Rotorua and stroll through the lovely and peaceful country side.

A number of award winning restaurants stand tall on its street, along with bars and cafés serving various cuisines and budgets. Another enjoyable quality of Rotorua are its people outgoing yet having the charm and warmth of a small town, they are a pleasure to be around.

Rotorua Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Rotorua tips for your visit

  • Take note of the warning signs even though things may look calm from above, superheated steam can erupt spontaneously causing burns and injury.
  • It is not recommended to dip your head in the natural pools. The water might be infected by bacteria or other microbes.
  • Be very careful while using the natural mud pools and hot water springs, as they can be boiling hot.
  • Occasionally the air does get mildly toxic, so it is a good idea to stick to well-ventilated places.
  • As far as possible do not carry valuables with you in isolated places, especially after dark.

Facts and Stats for Rotorua*

  • Pollution Statistics in Rotorua

    Know the pollution level of Rotorua before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 22.22 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 37.5 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 25 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 25 (Low)
  • Rotorua: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Rotorua for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Rotorua.

    • Burglary and Theft 40 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 15 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 10 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 5 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 15 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 30 (Low)
    • Drug offense 30 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 95 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 70 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 20 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 5 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 45 (Moderate)
  • Living in Rotorua - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 78.13 (High)
    • Pollution Index 25.1 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 30 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 75.26 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 94.44 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 5.29 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 112.21 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Rotorua

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Rotorua

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.36 USD
    • International Movie per seat 12.29 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 50.19 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 109.12 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 72.92 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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