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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.

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.”
  • 62 locals recommend
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”
  • 59 locals recommend
Cafe
“Great food and heaps of it. (smorgamboard)You travel up by gondola to the restaurant. On your way up you will get a panoramic view of Rotorua and its lake. You can even see your host's house. There is a host of activities that are too many to mention here”
  • 63 locals recommend
Hot Spring
“This is a great place to unwind after a busy day sigh seeing. You have a choice of private or public pools and at different temperatures”
  • 42 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
“See an example of what our Villages used to look like back in the past. Experience the cultural performance and hangi meal as well. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Zoo
“One of the few places in NZ you can get to see plenty of kiwi and other native NZ birds”
  • 30 locals recommend
Park
“Enjoy breakfast at the market on a Saturday morning before taking a walk and discovering the steaming, hissing, and boiling geothermal activity in the heart of Rotorua at Kuirau Park ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“The best of the best for natural thermal beauty. Tip the colours are best on bright sunny days.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Garden
“Home to the most photographed building in NZ The historic Bathouse. It’s a 15 minute walk away and it’s a free city garden.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Tourist Information Center
“Rotorua Central Station for Intercity coachline, taxi, Rotorua city buses and some private tour buses.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Park
“For those who love tramping or just a gentle stroll in a quite forest, this is the place to go. There are diferent trails depending on your level of fitness. The redwaoods at night (where the canopy is lit is also great to see)”
  • 20 locals recommend
Pub
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“Historic Pub just out of Eat Streat. Great food, wines, beers and live music.”
  • 22 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
General Entertainment
“A selection of indoor activities including ten pin bowling, mini golf, laser tag and various escape challenges. within walking distance”
  • 23 locals recommend
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!”
  • 25 locals recommend