Destination Rotorua

Rotorua is one of New Zealand’s main tourist destinations and the Maori cultural capital of New Zealand. It's central location means an easy trip to gold sand beaches, National Parks, ski fields and even the Waitomo Caves.

Rotorua’s volcanic and thermal areas are world famous, with beautiful colours and a physical appearance not seen anywhere else in the world. The lakes and rivers are known throughout the world for trout fishing, and you can hunt in the hills around the lakes.

Contrary to popular belief, Rotorua is not an expensive place to live or visit. With so many local attractions and activities you'll never be bored on the weekends.

As for eating out, we have many ethnic restaurants from all over the world, allowing plenty of choice. A deep-rooted Maori cultural concept, Manaakitanga places a responsibility on us as your hosts to give you the best of ourselves, our time and our history. You should not miss the opportunity to try a Maori hangi, where food is cooked in the ground using super-heated rocks, and Rotorua’s Maori performances are a must-see for visitors.

Waiariki House provides long-term accommodation for students, international and from New Zealand, studying in Rotorua. If you require short-term accommodation, whether it be for you or visitng friends and family, check out Rotorua Planet Backpackers.