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Welcome to Rotorua!

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Rotorua Airport

As one of the most active geothermal and volcanic regions in the world, many of Rotorua’s attractions are based around its greatest natural assets; the lakes and geothermal activity.

This is our official visitor information network where you can find out about local attractions, accommodation, transport and anything you may need help with in Rotorua. Also a great place to get free maps and visitor guides.

837 Te Ngae Road Owhata, Rotorua (9km east of city centre)

Important Numbers Emergency (police, fire, ambulance): 111 Rotorua Police: +64 (0)7 349 9554 1190-1214 Fenton Street Rotorua Hospital: +64 (0)7 348 1199 Arawa Street

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A heartland of gleaming lakes, bubbling mud, hot springs and New Zealand’s captivating Māori culture, Rotorua is host to some of the world’s most incredible earth forces. Renowned for its seething thermal activity, exploding geysers and natural hot mineral springs, Rotorua has a strong reputation as a spa destination. Visitors travelled from all over the world to marvel at the beauty of silica formations and bathe in the therapeutic mineral waters. The healing thermal mud and waters are still popular today among visitors wanting body care treatments to rejuvenate and relax. Rotorua is bursting with must see and do activities, including walking or biking in a giant 5,600-hectare Redwood forest, trekking on a farm, exploring native bush, visiting a wildlife reserve or rafting a seven-metre waterfall.

Address 1167 Fenton Street

Opening hours 7 days, 8am – 5pm

Phone +64 (0)7 348 5179

Fast Facts

History & Culture

Public Transport

Rotorua was constituted a special town under the Thermal Springs Act in 1883.

Discover the essence of Māori culture in Rotorua’s enveloping warmth, undeniable spirit and deep sense of heritage as you encounter the many Māori experiences during your stay.


The characteristic smell in the air is the scent of sulphur due to the many geothermal hotspots. There are 35 marae (meeting grounds) in Rotorua. Renowned as “Nature’s Spa of the South Pacific” due to the healing hot springs and thermal mud. Rotorua boasts 18 lakes (15 of them are fishable) and 3 major rivers.

Rotorua in Māori means ‘second lake’, its history dating back to 1350AD when Polynesian voyagers originally settled in the area by the canoe ‘Te Arawa’. The dynamic Māori culture lives on through the descendants of the Te Arawa tribe – sharing their culture, history, art, music and language in a variety of enriching encounters. Enjoy a hangi (traditional Māori food cooked underground), cultural performance, traditional massage or visit a Māori carver or weaver. You are sure to experience the best of Māori hospitality.

City Ride Rotorua is Rotorua’s local bus service operating 11 routes. For more information about routes, times and fares, visit www.baybus.co.nz

Taxis If you don’t have a car and don’t want to use maps, taxis are an easy way to get around Rotorua. They also have airport transfers and shuttles available.

Rental Cars Rotorua has a number of rental car options, from economy to SUV, appropriate for any budget and number of travellers.



is no ere th tomorrow Whizz down a hydroslide, roll downhill in a giant bubble, hunt, fish, jet boat, zipline or head off road – Rotorua will challenge you and offer you thrills in ways you never thought possible. Spending time on the water here is an obvious must-do, especially with 18 crystal clear lakes dotted around the region. You’ll appreciate their beauty even more when you realise that many of them are extinct volcanoes. Some are so remote and surrounded by protective forest, the only way you can see them is from the air. There are so many ways you can make the most of these lakes – from kayaking, sailing, paddle boarding, white water rafting, jet boating and more. Check out the surrounding rapids and waterfalls too. Only on Kaituna River can you raft the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world (7 metres). 6

For even more thrills check out the Wairoa River, cascading through boulder-strewn canyons with some of the finest white water and big drops. Have a go at the region’s world-famous mountain biking trails, relish the spectacular scenery of the lakes, forests and geothermal landscape, and discover the rich cultural history. For something more leisurely, soak in a lakeedge thermal hot pool, discover magical glowworm caves, or go fishing; Rotorua is one of the easiest places to catch a trout.

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Bucket List Lake Tikitapu Stunning spot families and great for watersports

Rainbow Mountain Mountain bike or walking trail

Rainbow Springs The iconic Kiwi Encounter

The Redwoods Explore the 5600 hectares of Whakarewarewa Forest

Kaituna River Raft the highest commercially rafted waterfall

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Lake Rotorua The largest lake in the district and home to Rotorua city nestled on its lakefront with many attractions and activities. Explore the lake by paddle steamer, landing craft or luxury catamaran.

Lake Tikitapu – The Blue Lake One of the most popular for watersports – swim, relax or play. Enjoy crystal clear water, family friendly areas for picnics or walk the easy track around it.

Lake Rotoiti – The Little Lake A popular spot for boaties and plenty of safe places to take the kids for some water playtime. Explore by kayak or unwind in the tranquil setting, then soak in the Manupiria Hot Springs.

Lake Okareka Renowned for its beauty and another great one to jump in the water. Take the family on the boardwalk through wetlands rich in aquatic life or have a picnic at Boyes Beach.

Lake Rotomahana – Warm Lake Shaped by the 1886 Tarawera eruption and harbouring the Pink and White Terraces, Rotomahana is a wildlife refuge and home to the purest strain of Rainbow trout in the world.


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Rotorua’s rivers are full of impressive rapids and waterfalls – loved for kayaking, rafting, sledging and fishing.


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TOP 5 ... MTB trails

Rotorua - just off SH5


Rainbow Mountain MTB Loop Formed by many short tracks to make a circuit, the Rainbow Mountain MTB trail lets you take your riding to new heights in a geothermal environment.

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Western Okataina Ride through the scenic Lake Okataina Reserve, enjoy amazing views of Rotorua’s lakes, and charge downhill to the Outdoor Education Centre.

The Dipper Great for first timers and families, The Dipper is an iconic Whakarewarewa trail, mostly flat with wide tracks and some good berms.

Te Ara Ahi Starting at the CBD, journey through a unique geothermal field with bubbling mud pools and spectacular geysers. Te Ara Ahi is part of the National Cycle Trail and accesses a range of other tourism ventures on the way.

Tokorangi A fast and flowing track from a logged area into lush, native bush. The Tokorangi track winds down the northern slope of the hill overlooking the city and Lake Rotorua. BOOKINGS BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL ESSENTIAL

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Interact with deer, pigs, thar and wallabies at Paradise Valley Springs. Horse Trekking Lake Okareka offers a variety of farm tours and horse trekking, or you can experience the Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs, the largest hatching facility in NZ. Photo by Rainbow Springs (p.27)



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Rotorua Canopy Tours Fly high above native forest from a bird’s eye perspective, swooping between treetop platforms perched above the canopy of an ancient forest.

This is a three-hour guided zipline eco-tour through one of the most pristine magical native forests in New Zealand. You’ll navigate a 1.2 kilometre network of ziplines, swing bridges and treetop platforms up to 22 metres high in the canopy. The tour is an authentic, personalised, small group experience. The team of quintessential kiwi guides bring the forest to life, getting to know every customer, and ensuring each has the experience of a lifetime. You’ll be educated, enthralled and inspired by their conservation enterprise. Every ticket includes a contribution towards the Canopy Tours vision of restoring the Dansey Road Scenic Reserve to a pre-human eco-system. Thousands of possums, rats and stoats that destroy the native flora and fauna have been removed by the project.

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This adventure is suitable for everyone over six years, as long as you can comfortably walk one kilometre and are under 120kgs. There’s no maximum age – they’ve had a number of 90-year-olds on the tour! Your tour includes free transfers from CBD accommodation, free photos, wet weather gear, and hats, gloves and neck warmers if required.

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The Redwoods in the Whakarewarewa Forest is a world in its own – full of magnificent towering native and exotic trees. Perfect for walkers, runners, hikers, horse riders and mountain bikers.

Kerosene Creek Enjoy free hot spring bathing just 35km south of Rotorua. Ease your aches and pains in a stream that flows downhill through natural bush.

Mamaku One of Rotorua’s ‘pockets’ or hidden treasures, the area is brimming with rich history, virgin New Zealand forest, and plenty to see and do with a cluster of adventure activities and attractions to keep the whole family entertained.

Kuirau Park Wander the park’s numerous walkways to discover boiling lakes, bubbling mud and kick off your shoes to soak your feet in the hot foot pools. Also featuring beautiful gardens, barbecue areas, picnic tables and a children’s playground, Kuirau Park is perfect for a family outing.

Rainbow Mountain – Mt Kakaramea The 360° views at the summit of Rainbow Mountain are one of the best in the area. You can walk or bike many paths on this mountain, view two crater lakes, take a soak in the hot pools, or challenge yourself on the summit track.


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The colourful geothermal pools, steaming geysers, bubbling mud and majestic volcanoes everywhere you look is what makes the unique landscape that is Rotorua.

Bucket List Gondola ride Grab panoramic views then luge or MTB your way down!

Farm experience A living museum of volcanic activity, Rotorua’s geothermal wonders have been drawing visitors since the 1800s. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be greeted by wafts of sulphur from geothermal hotspots. And they’re a sight to see – creating kaleidoscopes of colour, geysers of steaming water gushing from the ground and pools of mud bubbling and belching. Full of flora and fauna, lakes, forests and geothermal sites, Rotorua’s natural beauty sets the scene for unforgettable experiences and will keep you busy sightseeing for days. Unwind at the end of your day with a soak in one of the many healing waters of the 20

geothermal hot springs. Rotorua sets the scene for unforgettable adventures and encounters only minutes from the city. Dominating the region at a height of 1,111 metres, is the dormant volcano Mt Tarawera. Its violent eruption in 1886 saw four terrifying hours of rocks, ash and boiling hot mud bombard the settlements and surrounds. Whilst destroying the Pink & White Terraces, (the 8th wonder of the world), the eruption created a spectacular 8km long volcanic rift along the length of the summit. The eruption was New Zealand’s greatest natural disaster, but the sight today atop Mt Tarawera is breath-taking.

Encounter true Kiwi culture

Geothermal wonders Visit the many hotspots showcasing steaming geysers and bubbling mud pools

Māori cultural experience The people, the food, the art, the dance

Mt Tarawera Make it to the top!


Heartland of Ma-ori Culture

Rotorua is the perfect place to experience traditional and contemporary Māori song, dance, art and Māori food. Home to the Te Arawa Maori tribe for over 600 years, this dynamic culture lives on through their descendants, the Māori people you meet today. Enjoy a hangi (traditional Māori food cooked underground), cultural performances, traditional massage, or visit a Māori carver or weaver and experience ‘manaakitanga’ (hospitality) at its best.

Envelop warmth, undeniable spirit and a deep sense of heritage as you experience the best of Māori culture during your stay.




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Experience Comvita® runs guided tours daily where our guests discover the amazing world of the honey bee and the healing power of nature. Share the inspiring story of Comvita’s founding partners. Explore the healing power of nature through New Zealand’s native plants, including the nature’s first aid kit; Manuka. See the world through the eyes of a honey bee and learn how they share the gifts of nature with us. In the hive, immerse yourself in extraordinary harmony their world.


Guests can complement their visit to Experience Comvita in the Retail Store offering a full range of Comvita natural health and wellness products, to taste, sample and purchase.




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TOP 5 ... selfie spots


Mt Ngongotaha Check out the epic views heading up to Skyline Skyrides on Mt Ngongotaha. Enjoy a gondola ride to the top and panoramic views across Rotorua.

Te Puia Snap the largest active geyser in the southern hemisphere – Pohutu, erupting every hour and reaching 100 feet high!

Mt Tarawera Venture to the top of Mt Tarawera on a guided hike, tour or flight, learn about its history and legends, and cherish the views all the way out to White Island.

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In winter shorter hours may apply


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Redwoods Treewalk Capture the breath-taking views of the Redwoods as you walk the half-kilometre long walkway across 23 suspension bridges and living decks at each tree.

Okere Falls Track Admire the Kaituna River and its spectacular waterfalls from the many scenic lookouts on this 1.2km bush walk. In the Okere Falls scenic reserve, the Kaituna River gushes through narrow, steep gorges, creating a sight to be seen.


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Wild day out

Bring your family along to Rainbow Springs, to meet ours. Set amongst the native trees and beautiful forests of Rotorua, Rainbow Springs Nature Park offers a fun-packed and educational experience for the whole family. Learn about New Zealand’s fascinating natural history and meet the creatures who call this great land of ours home. Whether you are walking through our many free-flight aviaries, feeding the biggest trout you will ever see, or coming face-to-face with pre-history in the eyes of a Tuatara – all of us here at Rainbow Springs are proud of the role we play in conserving many of the precious native species of New Zealand. Each day our team of experts run special encounters which allow you to get closer than ever to some of our favourite park residents! See kiwi Kiwi are shy, ground dwelling creatures who only come out under the cover of darkness. However, don’t worry about missing them during your visit as entry to our nocturnal kiwi enclosure is included in your day pass! For an unforgettable experience, upgrade to our Kiwi Encounter Behind the Scenes Tour to see exactly how we’re helping kiwi at the biggest kiwi hatchery in the world. Big Splash The Big Splash isn’t just the adrenalin rush at the end; it’s a nineminute journey telling you some of New Zealand’s unique stories. Free-flight bird show Each day at 11.30am we run a free-flight bird show in our purposebuilt auditorium. The show is filled with fascinating facts and engaging antics performed by our colourful and sometimes noisy exotic parrots.

Opening Hours Park: Summer: 8.30am - 10.30pm, Winter: 8.30am - 10.00pm Cafe: 9.00am - 4.00pm every day Big Splash: Summer 9.30am - 5.30pm, Winter: 9.30am - 5pm

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With over 250 shops to choose from, Rotorua’s experience gives you variety and choice. From large stores to boutiques, arts and crafts to sports and outdoors, vibrant markets to souvenirs – Rotorua has something for every type of shopper. Made up of a number of precincts in the inner city, each with a different retail experience, you can pick one that suits your mood or purpose. Take a stroll around the many stores in the Boutique Shopping precinct featuring a variety of choices from exciting high-end fashion, gifts, artwork and footwear, or catch a movie at the Basement Cinema. Wander a little further to discover bookshops, antiques, Māori art and many New Zealand souvenirs. At the southern end of town is the Central Mall precinct where you’ll find larger chain 28

stores. Make sure also you take a trip to the sports and outdoors stores to get kitted up with the right gear, clothing and accessories to make the most of your adventures. Don’t miss the Rotorua Night Market for a community vibe, setting an upbeat tone with local musicians, arts, crafts, local musicians and great food. Retail therapy and pampering go hand in hand of course, so relax afterwards a selection of spa therapies or a soak.

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Bucket List Rotorua Night Market Thursdays 5-9pm, Tutanekai Street (weather permitting)

Soak Relax into the healing properties of hot mineral bathing

Shop New Zealand Souvenirs That special piece of greenstone or something woollen

Wear New Zealandmade fashion Shop from one of the many boutique stores

Explore the inner-city precincts Choose your style and take a stroll



coming home

Recovering mind, body & soul In the buzzing district of Rotorua, QE Health is a welcoming hub for locals and visitors to take some time to relax and enjoy an authentic wellness experience, leaving you feeling refreshed and invigorated.

It all began in 1942 as a convalescent hospital, providing rehabilitation to soldiers returning from World War II. So it’s only fitting that QE Health has evolved into the one-stop-shop for wellness it is today. QE Health aims for holistic health. Complete health, of the whole person, of mind, body and soul. “My son was ‘treated like a human being’ and actively engaged in a treatment programme which draws on both indigenous and conventional medicines. QE Health Wellness & Spa was welcoming, professional and supportive. They think outside the box and treat holistically.” - Iona Winter Taking advantage of Rotorua’s greatest natural assets, the geothermal fluids and volcanic mud, QE Health provides experiences that are unique, specialised and backed up by their experts’ medical knowledge. Visitors from all over the world travel here to bathe in the therapeutic mineral waters and thermal mud, for body care treatments rich in minerals and with unique cleansing and stimulating properties. Whether you need to spend weeks to recover, want to train for a marathon or just need a 30-minute massage, you’ll find a service that will help you. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach, the experts will make sure you receive exactly what your body needs. With various rehabilitation and pain management programmes, QE Health provides physiotherapy, psychology, occupational therapy, orthotics, wellness for cancer, and a fracture liaison service all under one roof. Esthétique at QE Health is a new pathway to advanced skincare with free, no-obligation skin analysis. Esthétique body care products are developed and made in Rotorua with the same mud used in the spa, rich in minerals and great for skin conditions, so you can have the same soothing experience at home.


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geothermal bathing bliss The soothing, geothermal water of Rotorua, known as ‘Waiariki’ or ‘water of the gods’ is considered a spa treatment by the many locals and visitors who come to experience the indulgence. The mineral rich muds, traditional massage and indigenous herbs have created a spa culture that is unlike anything you’ll see elsewhere. There are two types of mineral waters used for health purposes in Rotorua: ‘Rachel’, alkaline, sulphur water, and ‘Priest’, free-acid water. Here’s why you need to try a spa pool while you’re here…

Boosts blood circulation While you’re taking a soak, your body is absorbing the minerals from the water, increasing your hydrostatic pressure and getting your blood pumping. That way your body doesn’t feel so stiff and tired either.

Relieves stress The heat from the pool goes deep into your muscles, relaxing them and releasing body tension. By removing the tension from your body, it lets your mind relax and helps you sleep better.

Soothing chronic pain Rotorua’s Rachel and Priest waters have been used to manage rheumatic diseases for many years. Along with soothing the muscles, the heat loosens the skin from the bones and muscles, helping you move more freely.

Heals skin conditions The sulphur in Rotorua’s waters makes collagen, keeping skin healthy and smooth. It also helps with dry scalp, arthritis and other medical conditions.

Eases nasal congestion and digestion The heat and steam rising to your sinuses is great for clearing the nose, and the saltwater helps with digestion problems.



REPAIRS & ACCESSORIES For all mobile phone/tablet repairs, batteries, cases or advice, come in and see us! Most cracked phone screens repaired within 30 minutes!

ROTORUA CENTRAL MALL Kiosk 1, 1170 Amohau St, Rotorua (07) 346 0111

Greenstone Known in MÄ ori as Pounamu, Greenstone/Nephrite Jade is considered treasured, valuable and possesses spiritual significance. It is said the stone absorbs the spiritual power (mana) of the wearer, and because it is considered a treasure (taonga) should be given as a gift, and is an honour to receive.



Taste the

burgeoning foodie scene

Tempt your tastebuds with a fantastic selection of high quality restaurants, al fresco cafés and unique cultural experiences. Whatever your taste or pleasure, local restaurateurs are passionate about providing the freshest culinary delights to ensure your experience is a memorable one. There are more than 50 restaurants offering Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, Korean, Thai, Turkish, Italian, Greek, Mexican and Mediterranean, right down to a full range of classic European and American options. Casual, friendly, gastropub, bar, café, smorgasboard, a la carte, family or elegant fine dining – there’s an atmosphere to suit your mood. If you’re lucky enough to have caught a trout, most restaurants will happily cook 32

it for you. Make sure you check in advance and have your fishing licence handy. ‘Eat Streat’, situated at the lake end of Tutanekai Street, is a must-visit if you want to experience the best of the foodie scene in Rotorua. A vibrant location of contemporary and casual eateries with quality wines and food, plus live entertainment most Sundays, you can indulge your appetite here every night of the week. The al fresco dining experience suits all seasons – with retractable roofing and geothermal heating underfoot in the winter.

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Bucket List Picnic on the Lakefront Chill with the family and picnic on the lake’s edge

Eat Streat Vibrant hub of many restaurants, bars and al fresco dining

Taste a Hangi The traditional Māori way of cooking, in an earth oven

Barbecue at Lake Tikitapu Relax with your friends on the open reserve with barbecue facilities and lots to do

Rotorua Craft Beer Discover Rotorua-made Croucher beers and other NZ craft beers

A bright and lively cafe with cabinet food, specials board, and a breakfast and lunch menu that includes delicious temptations full of fresh flavours like Peach Melba Waffles, Spicy Boston Beans, and Thai Risotto. With communal tables, extensive outdoor seating bathed in the summer sun and also taking out the ‘2016 Outstanding Cafe’ award, Lime provides a friendly atmosphere with good old fashioned table service!


Cnr Fenton & Whakaue Sts, Rotorua | P 07 350 2033 Open 7.30am to 4.30pm | 7 days a week


TOP 5 ... picnic spots


Tarawera Falls The view of the falls is why you’re really here. Great for the day adventurers, set up your picnic and watch the water surging out of fissures in a large rock cliff-face. There’s a 20-minute walk to get in, but an extended trail available.

Lake Okataina A beautiful, remote picnic spot surrounded by native bush right to the water’s edge. Take a dip and savour the peaceful escape.

Hamurana Springs It’s the deepest natural freshwater spring in New Zealand famous for its crystal-clear water and the peaceful, picturesque setting. Walk through a Redwood grove to the viewing platform and even make a circuit via the footbridges.

Rotorua Lakefront This spot has something for everyone with its waterfront, playground, picnic spots and water activities. There’s plenty to enjoy for the whole family.

Lake Tikitapu Wild about flavour, Scope’s breakfast and lunch menu is a fusion of delectable wild flavours, combined with a twist, to create mouthwatering dishes. - OPEN 7 DAYS 1296 Tutanekai St, Rotorua Ph. 07 282 2090 scoperotorua@gmail.com   scoperotorua

Popular for its watersports, Lake Tikitapu is a breathtaking sight. Great for families with a large reserve and barbecue facilities – you can relax on the lakeside then go for a swim.



“good beer, good food, good music, good times”

Eat Streat

Enjoy the best this region has to offer in arts, craft, music, produce and amazing food. The heart of the city comes to life every Thursday from 5pm to 9pm in the ‘heart of Tutanekai Street’.

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Chill out with your family and friends. Enjoy the live music and tasteful menu at SOBAR, matched with New Zealand beer and wines. A: 1104 Tutanekai St, Rotorua W: sobar.co.nz FB: SOBARROTORUA


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Hangi One of the best ways to experience Māori culture is to try a hangi – traditional Māori food cooked in an earth oven. Used for hundreds of years, Hangi (‘earth oven’) is the traditional Māori cooking method involving digging a pit in the ground and heating stones in it with a large fire. Volcanic rocks are often used because they need to withstand high heat without chipping or crumbling.

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Baskets of food are then placed on top of the stones and covered with wet cloths or sheets which are then covered in dirt. The heat converts the water from the cloths into steam and because it cannot escape, it heats and cooks the food. Typically, the food used is a selection of lamb, chicken, pork, beef, shellfish, kumara, potato, corn and pumpkin, taking approximately seven hours. The overall result is a rich, succulent flavour unlike anything else. Tasting a hangi is your must-do cultural experience in Rotorua.


A classy, chic bar and the perfect place to mingle while enjoying a great selection of NZ wines and beers. Try our Volcanic Hills or Haha Wine Tasting Box, dine casually at the bar from our range of Zazu Platters or Restaurant Nikau menu. Lobby, Millennium Hotel Rotorua. 1270 Hinemaru St, Rotorua +64 7 347 1234 www.millenniumrotorua.co.nz/#dining


free dining guide Pick up a copy of Taste Rotorua from reception or the local i-SITE for ideas on where to have a drink or grab a bite for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Lady Jane’s Ice Cream Parlour

Inspired by traditional Indian recipes, using only the fresfed produce.

1123 Tutanekai Street, Rotorua 07 348 4088 ¡ www.lovelyindia.co.nz Open daily 11.30am - 2.30pm and 5pm - 10pm

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ARGENTINIAN BARBECUE SIZZLING HOT! Che Chorizo is the most amazing placeto unwind in Rotorua with sizzling South American cuisine, live music, and salsa and tango dancing.

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You’ll love the taste of our Argentinian barbecues and South American tapas – Latin food at its very best served with our sensational home made sauces and spices.


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Che Chorizo’s sensational drinks list includes our wine varietals from Argentina and Chile, sangria, pisco sours, caipiriñas and mojitos. And we make the best margaritas around.


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Award-winning coffee  Breakfast  Lunch All day menu All day menu  Free parking  Group bookingsOFFER welcome CHAMBER OutdoorDining Evening functions Out-catering Free Wifi Orderbreakast or lunch from our

menu and receive a free coffee or tea to the value of $5* *valid Monday–Thursday for meals $15 and over

Award-winning coffee  Breakfast  Lunch All day menu  Free parking  Group bookings welcome Evening functions  Out-catering  Free Wifi OPEN 7 DAYS 35 Lake Rd, Ohinemutu, Rotorua Mon - Fri 7:30am - 4:00pm Phone 07 349 4852 Sat & Sun 7:30am - 3:30pm thirdplacecafe.co.nz

soak in the sun Leave the crowds behind and unwind at your own pace among rugged native forests, pristine coastlines and rivers, all under clear blue sunny skies. Whakatāne is New Zealand’s best kept secret, the sunshine capital of the world and home to New Zealand’s most loved beach. Slow down in a place off the beaten track, in a serene atmosphere. Soak in a hot pool, walk through native bush, go fishing or swim at the beach. Nga Tapuwae o Toi, or the “Footprints of Toi” is an absolute mustdo, capturing the essence of Whakatane in a walkway. Including three major scenic reserves: Kohi Point Scenic Reserve, Ohope Scenic Reserve, and Mokoroa Scenic Reserve, the track takes you through native forest, pohutakawa stands, coastal views, seabird colonies and rural vistas. 40

The pristine coastlines, beaches and rivers make Whakatāne perfect for all watersports lovers – from fishermen and boaties to surfers and swimmers. If you’re a lover of wilderness, you have to visit White Island. New Zealand’s most continuously active volcano and private scenic reserve, White Island is an uninhabited island only accessible for guided tours by boat or scenic flights. It’s abundant with sea and bird life and a fascinating volcanic landscape.

 www.whakatane.com

Bucket List Nga Tapuwae o Toi Walkways The ‘Footprints of Toi’ walkway. Easy walk, broken into sections

Whakatane Heritage Hikoi Walk around key historical sites

Learn to surf Head to West End, Ōhope watch the local surfers or join in!

Kiwi Night Trails Spot our beloved kiwi! They only come out at night

White Island Active for at least 150,000 years, fly over or explore it!



The perfect place from which to explore the Eastern Bay of Plenty www.awakerisprings.co.nz

Two minutes drive from Whakatane www.juliansberryfarm.co.nz

Open October to February

We serve authentic Indian cuisine with dishes prepared using only the finest and most aromatic spices and herbs.


, New Zealand s Most Loved

Voted New Zealand most loved beach, Ōhope Beach offers safe swimming and sandcastles with cafes and restaurants nearby. Relax with an al fresco coffee or wine while you watch the warm Pacific Ocean lapping the white sand shores.



Full Curry + Rice

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Dine In and Takeaway


Curry + Rice + Naan + Soft Drink 7 Days - Lunch Time

*excludes seafood

*excludes seafood

Fully Licensed/BYO - Dine In - Takeaway - Delivery Open 7 days for lunch and dinner - 11am to 3pm and 5pm to 10pm

ORDER ONLINE www.popsiesindian.co.nz  07 307 7360  41 Kakahoroa Drive, Whakatane


BOOK NOW FROM ONLY $89 ONE WAY G e t the bes t deal with our low f ares

Fas ter than driving ( 35min f light)

No toll s or parking charges

Friendly and reliable ser vice

Book online All departure times and more info at:

w w w. airchathams.co.nz

080 0 580 127


marine volcano tour! Absolutely

amazing sights.

Volcanic adventure Two unique islands of impressive and wonderful landscapes - the Bay of Plenty’s very own Beauty and the Beast.

Sitting off Whakatāne’s coast are two very different islands, both remarkable natural environments – Moutohorā (Whale) Island, a verdant wildlife paradise swathed in green, and White Island, a brooding, feisty marine volcano. Wildlife sanctuary Moutohorā Island is a conservation story testament to over 30 years of work by the Department of Conservation, local iwi and volunteers. The once barren, pestinfested island is now regenerated with native trees and plants, such as pohutakawa, kanuka and kawakawa. Restricted access to visitors (only by approved guided tours) has allowed many birds and animals not usually seen on the mainland to flourish. The saddleback bird with its cheeky chatter is a major success story. Kiwis have also been introduced with evidence of their beach fossicking easily seen in the sand. The remaining vestiges of an ancient volcano includes a hot water beach where visitors can dig their own pool and soak, or paddle among beautiful surroundings before returning to Whakatāne. In contrast, White Island is a largely barren, rocky volcano rising from the deep ocean floor. Steam is often visible even 50km away on the mainland. After an 80-minute boat trip, the looming island greets visitors with the distinctive smell of sulphur, often accompanied by the sound of roaring fumeroles. Hard hats and gas masks are issued before visitors explore, each small group accompanied by two guides to cross the crater floor and see the island’s spectacular sights such as yellow sulphur chimneys, roaring fumeroles and the main active crater. Visitors can also explore the skeletal remains of the old sulphurmining factory and hear some intriguing stories about the miners who lived in this unforgiving place. Then return to the boat for a swim and a packed lunch before the journey back, while watching pods of dolphins and sometimes the odd whale.

Daily tours to White Island and Moutohorā Island are subject to weather and sea conditions. Bookings are essential as the departure time varies.

 www.whiteisland.co.nz  + 64 (0)7 308 9588 or 0800 733 529

  15 The Strand, Whakātane  info@whiteisland.co.nz

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The Ultimate Guide Rotorua and Whakatane 2018  

The Ultimate Guide Rotorua and Whakatane 2018