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


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.

Open 7 days: 8am – 5pm

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

Rotorua also has a reputation as a spa destination. Visitors travel from all over the world to marvel at the beauty of silica formations and bathe in the therapeutic mineral waters. Bursting with must-see and do activities, walk or bike in a giant 5,600-hectare Redwood forest, explore native bush, visit a wildlife reserve or raft a seven-metre waterfall.

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1167 Fenton Street +64 (0)7 348 5179

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.

Fast Facts Rotorua was constituted a special town under the Thermal Springs Act in 1883. 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. Rotorua boasts 18 lakes (15 of

History and culture

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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.


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 in Rotorua.

City Ride Rotorua is Rotorua's local bus service operating 11 routes. For more info More info:

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Downhill adventures, fishing, ziplining or heading off road – Rotorua will challenge you and entertain you in every way possible. Spending time on the water here is an obvious must-do, especially with 18 crystal clear lakes dotted around the region. 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 – kayaking, sailing, paddle boarding, white water rafting and jet boating. 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). For some Grade 5 thrills, check out the Wairoa River, white water cascading through boulder-strewn canyons with some of the finest big drops imaginable!

forests and geothermal landscape, and discover the rich cultural history. For something more leisurely, soak in a lake-edge thermal hot pool, discover magical glowworm caves, play a round of golf, or go fishing; Rotorua is one of the easiest places to catch a trout.

Have a go at the region’s worldfamous mountain biking trails, relish the spectacular scenery of the lakes,

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Family Activities Hot Soak Rotorua is known around the world for its impressive bubbling mud pools but also the naturally geothermally heated pools, with therapeutic properties – a perfect activity for the whole family to enjoy.

Farm Fun for the whole family! Welcome to a world of friendly farm animals, visual trickery and a sumptuous buffet lunch! This unique combination of visitor attractions is highly entertaining for children and adults alike. The Farm Tour departs daily at 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm. The 3D Trick Art Gallery is open daily from 9am to 5pm (7pm Fri & Sat). The Farmside Buffet is on from 11.30am to 2.30pm daily.

Local Wildlife From farm animals to lions and native New Zealand Kiwi, there are plenty of opportunities for close encounters of the animal kind - including watching lion feeding live!

Hit the Trail Blessed with Whakarewarewa (Redwoods) Forest minutes from the city centre, whether by foot or bike, Rotorua boasts many different walking and mountain biking trails which makes for a low-cost family adventure.

Hobbit Encounters Just 1hr up the road, explore the magical place where parts of Lord of the Rings was filmed, it's a journey to another world!

Cultural Experience Whether you enjoy a traditional Māori feast (called a hangi) or watch a cultural music performance, you’re sure to experience a warm welcome from the indigenous people of New Zealand.


BOOKINGS RECOMMENDED Farm Tour & 3D Trick Art Gallery:

(07) 349 0920 Farmside Buffet:

(07) 348 4184 171 Fairy Springs Road, Rotorua

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In the heart of New Zealand, experience a slice of real Middle-earth™ and step into the lush pastures of the Shire™ with a guided tour of Hobbiton™ Movie Set, as featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies. You will be taken around the 12-acre set; past Hobbit Holes™, the Mill and into the world-famous Green Dragon™ Inn, where you will be presented with a complimentary, exclusive Hobbit™ Southfarthing™ beverage to conclude your own Middle-earth adventure.


Lakes to Explore 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 streamer, 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 - The 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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Treks: Native Bush Trek Lake Okareka Trek Trig Point/Farm Trek 10

HORSE TREKKING Lake Okareka Horse Trek through 500 acres of native bush and 1500 acres of working sheep and cattle farm with stunning views of Lake Okareka, Lake Tarawera and Mount Tarawera. Horses to suit all abilities, with guided treks from 30 mins to 3 hours.

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Rides to suit all abilities from beginners to experienced riders. Daily departures at 10am, 1.30pm, and times to suit. Various routes on offer, depending on weather, trail conditions and rider experience. 51 Acacia Road, Lake Okareka, Rotorua • • 021 292 2233


“A great day, a great Māori cultural experience and the geysers, mud pools and steaming waters are magical. The power and awe of this special place hits you straight away.” - TripAdvisor 2019

Te Puia The centre for New Zealand's Māori culture and geothermal wonders. Since the beginning of time, the stunning Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley has been a place of powerful energies and natural beauty. Home to the magnificent Pōhutu geyser, Māori have been living here for almost 700 years. Nourished by those energies that continue to shape our people and our culture today. Te Puia takes its origin from that heritage with many of our guides linking directly to Rotorua’s earliest hosts. The stories they relay to our visitors have been told for generations, handed down through their individual families. Our guided tours feature the Pōhutu geyser, mud pools, hot springs and silica formations. Visitors will also see skilful artisans create timeless pieces in the arts of carving and weaving at the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute. Cultural performances are on offer at Rotowhio Marae, showcasing traditional and contemporary haka and waiata (song). Te Puia’s brand new Kiwi Conservation Centre is an exciting addition this Summer, housing three resident kiwi in state-of-theart enclosures open daily. And after experiencing our geothermal and cultural legacy first hand, Pātaka Kai restaurant serves delicious hangi buffet lunch and dinner with spectacular views of the valley! Hemo Rd, Rotorua (07) 348 9047 @tepuia


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Bike Trails

20 mins north of

Rotorua - just off SH5


Tuhoto Ariki At a distance of around 5km, this Grade 4 trail is a dual purpose track for both riders and walkers to enjoy lush native bush. The trail starts from the highest point in the Whakarewarewa forest at 765 metres.

Western Okataina | Phone: 07 3325 748 193 Amoore Road, RD2, Rotorua


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.

Camera Lose yourself in our challenging 1.7km long timber maze. Don’t be fooled, it’s harder than it looks! Then find your way back to the petting zoo and spend some quality time with our farm animals. 1135b Te Ngae Rd, Tikitere, Rotorua • Tel: 07 345 3909 • @diversionmaze Open 7 days 10am - 5pm Adults $15 • Childern(5-13) free • Under 5 free Family (2+2) $40

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Rotorua doesn't have it's own dropzone to experience the thrill and freedom of skydiving BUT - the good folk operating out of TaupĹ? (Skydive Taupo & Taupo Tandem Skydiving) both offer free return shuttles so you can still tick this one off your bucket list. Camera

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We offer a unique 18 hole golf course set in a natural environment with reasonable green fee rates. On site pro shop (open daily), equipment & cart hire available.


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Our race track is not your normal “POINT THE GO-KART AND IT GOES THERE” Race surface. Oh no, that’s far too easy! On our track the wheels lose traction and you hold on as the Kart slides sideways.

Catch a Trout! The lakes, rivers and streams around Rotorua are home to some of the best fly fishing spots in New Zealand! So if you're a keen angler, or just want to give it a go - grab a licence, hire some gear and get casting.

Come and try our new 400cc engines! More power, more slide! Bookings Essential Special Conditions apply, subject to change without notification. Min age of 12 years, min height of 1.5 metres.

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Local Gems Redwoods The Redwoods of Whakarewarewa Forest is a world of 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 (Mount 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. Camera

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Rotorua Canopy Tours

“Fantastic experience – absolutely unforgettable” - TripAdvisor Aug 2019

Soar through the trees and experience New Zealand as it once was – an untouched paradise that has slowly evolved over 1,000 years. Rotorua Canopy Tours is Rotorua’s number one ranked outdoor experience on TripAdvisor. Glide across this untouched forest and lose yourself on this engaging encounter with the natural world, exploring ancient native forest via ziplines, cliff walks, tree platforms and swing bridges. There are two unique eco-tour experiences to choose from – the ‘Original Canopy Tour’ and the ‘Ultimate Canopy Tour’.

Become Part of the Story Your authentic kiwi guides will bring the forest to life as you become a part of the conservation story. Every customer that goes on tour contributes to the conservation of the forest and helps revive this breathtakingly unique place. Since 2012, Rotorua Canopy Tours has removed 1000’s of pests that were destroying this environment and the ancient forest has been transformed into an eco-sanctuary teeming with life.

Let Go Each tour is a personal experience with small intimate groups of up to 10 people. The ‘Original’ tour is suitable for ages 6+ and the

‘Ultimate’ for ages 10+, while both tours have a 120kg max weight limit. Experience New Zealand like it once was and immerse yourself in this ancient native eco-system filled with towering trees, native flora and beautiful birdsong. Your guides will delight and inspire you on this ‘must do’ adventure while you create memories that will last a lifetime. A free courtesy shuttle will pick you up from their Rotorua HQ and transport you to a magical world you never knew existed. 147 Fairy Springs Rd, Rotorua (07) 343 1001 or 0800 226 679 @rotoruacanopytours /RotoruaCanopyTours


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The colourful geothermal pools, steaming geysers, bubbling mud and majestic volcanoes is what makes Rotorua's landscape so unique. 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. One of the best things about Rotorua? All these unforgettable adventures and encounters are just minutes from the city. Dominating the region at a height of 1,111 metres is the dormant volcano Mount Tarawera. Its violent eruption in

1886 saw four terrifying hours of rocks, ash and boiling hot mud bombard the surrounding settlements. Whilst destroying the Pink & White Terraces (the 8th wonder of the world), the eruption created a spectacular 8km long volcanic rift. The eruption was New Zealand’s greatest natural disaster, but the sight atop Mount Tarawera is breath-taking.

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Explore New Zealand’s most colourful geothermal area, just 20 minutes drive south of Rotorua. BOOK ONLINE FOR 10% OFF Use promo code ULTIMATE plus receive an Express Entry.

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Māori Culture Rotorua is the heartland of Māori culture, so it's the perfect place to experience a traditional village, song (waiata), dance, art and food (hangi). Home to the Te Arawa tribe for over 600 years, this dynamic culture lives on through their descendants and the hospitality you experience today.


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Discover the Unique World of Blueberries! 100% BLUEBERRY JUICE - FOR YOUR HEALTH Weddings & Functions Venue Cafe Taste Sensations Blueberry Gift Shop Blueberry Winery Real Berry Fruit Products Nativebush Orchard

0800 800 848 Rotorua Lake Front, Memorial Drive, Rotorua

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Jade Carving Tours

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Step into our workshop and meet local artists as they craft jade by hand. Every day you can join a free guided tour of our jade carving workshop in Rotorua. While exploring the workshop, you’ll see local artists transforming raw stone into carved art and discover the many different stages in the jade carving process. We’ll take you on a journey into the important role pounamu plays in Māori culture, exploring its traditional uses and values and uncovering the legends and stories which breathe life into the stone. Tours last approximately 15-minutes and run on request daily between 10am - 5pm, no bookings are required

Our Carvings Founded in 1986, we’ve grown from humble roots to become a trusted leader in the creation of handcrafted jade carvings. Our carvings are steeped in meaning and inspired by the art and culture of New Zealand. Working with many carvers across Aotearoa allows us to bring together the largest and most diverse collection of jade pendants, jewellery and art in the country. No two pieces of greenstone are the same, guaranteeing every carving is unique to you and your loved ones.

Pounamu – The Treasured Stone Pounamu is the traditional Māori name for greenstone or New Zealand jade. It is found only in New Zealand’s South Island, on the West Coast, created under our mountains and concealed in our rivers. The stone is deeply treasured by Māori for its strength, beauty and connection to the spiritual world. Pounamu carvings are thought to soak in the essence of the wearer and are often passed down through families for generations. Come and discover the beauty of pounamu on your trip to Rotorua. Open seven days 9:00am – 6:00pm 1288 Fenton Street, Rotorua 0800 523 332 @MountainJadeNZ /MountainJadeNZ

Indulge and shop

the day away

For retail and beauty therapy, Rotorua has you covered with large stores, boutique fashion, art, vibrant markets and plenty of pamper. Made up of a number of precincts in the inner city, each with a different retail experience, pick one that suits your mood or purpose. Take a stroll around the many stores in the boutique shopping district 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.

Don’t miss the Rotorua Night Market for a community vibe, setting an upbeat tone with local musicians, arts, crafts and great food. A special piece to take home with you is pounamu (greenstone), which holds special significance for Māori. It’s believed to absorb spiritual power of the wearer and is considered a powerful treasure. You can find pounamu in jewellery and other decorative items,

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and in many places - watch the carvers at work! Retail therapy and pampering go hand in hand of course, so relax afterwards with a spa therapy. You’re in the land of mud, so make the most of its healing properties. Don’t forget, no visit to Rotorua is complete without a dip in a thermal hot pool, it’s the perfect way to end a busy day, or week, of adrenalinfilled activities.


geothermal bathing


come & enjoy! 100% pure natural geothermal water, direct from the largest single source of boiling water in New Zealand provides a natural geothermal bathing experience for all to enjoy.

648 Waikite Valley Rd, Rotorua (07) 333 1861

Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm daily (except for Christmas Day); Pukeko In A Punga Tree CafÊ 12pm to 7pm daily


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. From boosting blood circulation, to relieving stress, soothing chronic pain, healing skin conditions and easing nasal congestion and digestion, these waters have numerous healing properties. You can't take the geothermal waters with you but, from many souvenir stores you can buy a range of home spa mud products.


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@kevinrawy The Redwoods (Whakarewarewa Forest)


@sinpei Wai-O-Tapu

@23jnevs Hell's Gate

@Mrtzhubr Lake Rotoiti

@yonnecks Kerosene Creek

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REPAIRS+ACCESSORIES For all mobile phone/tablet repairs, batteries, cases or advice, come in and see us!

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Most cracked phone screens repaired within 30 minutes!

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OPEN EVERY DAY – 8am to 9:30pm Ph. (07) 348 1000 1165 Tutanekai Street, Rotorua

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foodie scene


Tempt your taste buds with a fantastic selection of high quality restaurants, alfresco cafes 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's a feast of choice when dining out in Rotorua, with a variety of ethnic and cultural options. Casual, friendly, gastropub, bar, café, smorgasbord, a la carte, family or elegant fine dining – there’s always an atmosphere to suit your mood. ‘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 alfresco experience suits all seasons – with retractable roofing

and geothermal heating underfoot in the winter. Rotorua is also home to some spectacular locations for dining – up high with a view of the whole city, on board a steamer on the lake, or order your meal to go and set up a picnic in a picturesque spot by the water.

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A bright and lively cafe with cabinet food, specials board, and a breakfast and lunch menu that includes delicious temptations full of 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


35 Lake Road Tel 349 4852


Cafe Winner 2017 & 2018 Best lity Awards ospita Rotorua HFinalists 2014 HospitalityAll day menu CHAMBER OFFER Awards Order breakast or lunch from our menu and receive a free coffee or – OutstandingFree parking tea to the value of $5* Cafe Outdoor dining *valid Monday–Thursday for meals $15 and over

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Award winning coffee Group bookings Kids play area Breakfast Lunch

Award-winning coffee Breakfast Lunch All day menu Free parking Group bookings welcome Evening functions Out-catering

OPEN 7 DAYS 35 Lake Rd, Ohinemutu, Rotorua Mon - Fri 7:30am - 4:00pm Phone 07 349 4852 Sat & Sun 7:30am - 3:30pm

A Māori cultural experience is not complete without trying hangi – traditional Māori food cooked in an earth oven. Used for hundreds of years, hangi (‘earth oven’) is the traditional Māori cooking method; digging a pit in the ground and heating stones in it with a large fire. Volcanic rocks are often used because they withstand high heat without chipping or crumbling. Baskets of food are placed on top of the stones and covered with wet cloths/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.




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OPEN FOR LUNCH & DINNER SERVICE Bookings essential Book online or call 07 347 0027 178 Fairy Springs Road, Rotorua


Free Shop & Taste Guide Fast track your decisions on where to eat and where to shop while you’re here by picking up a free copy of Taste & Shop Rotorua from reception or the local i-SITE. It’s full of ideas on where to grab a drink, have breakfast, dine out, and shop with a handy city centre map so you can find them!

We serve up New Zealand-famous, legendary dishes using only the freshest, local ingredients possible.

Come down and join us! Open 7 days | Lunch Sat — Sun 12pm – 3pm | Dinner Mon — Sun 5pm – Late

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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.

Enjoy a healthy meal from our international menu while soaking up our sunny art school vibe.

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 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 Popular for its watersports, Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake), is a breath-taking sight. Great for families, has a large reserve with barbecue facilities - you can relax on the lakeside then go for a swim.


Serving breakfast, lunch and bar snacks

Fresh baked muffins, slices, cakes and biscuits

Ozone Coffee – dine in or takeaway


Serving modern, innovative contemporary cuisine

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Cnr Fenton & Grey Streets Phone 07 349 3770

BREAKFAST & LUNCH Mon to Sun, 9am – 3pm BAR SNACKS Mon to Sat, all day DINNER Mon to Sat, 5.30pm – 11pm

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A long standing kiwi holiday destination

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From the bustling harbourside city of Tauranga, to the charming beachside villages of Whakatāne and Waihi, there really is ‘plenty’ for everyone to see and do in this stunning part of New Zealand.

Emergency (police, fire, ambulance): 111 Tauranga Police: +64 (0)7 579 8000 11 Monmouth St Tauranga Hospital: +64 (0)7 579 8000 829 Cameron Rd Whakatāne Police: +64 (0)7 308 5255 62-70 Boon St Whakatāne Hospital: +64 (0)7 306 099 Stewart St and Garaway St

There’s no doubt that the spectacular coastline stretching 125km - is one of the region’s best features, with an abundance of white sandy beaches that can be enjoyed all year round, thanks to its pleasant climate. And while the relaxing, beach-vibe is a magnet for locals and tourists alike, that doesn’t mean there isn’t something for the more adrenalin-filled adventurer too. From getting up-close-and-personal with an active volcano, to night kayaking complete with a visit to a magical glow worm canyon – a day on the beach will be mandatory to recover from it all! The Bay of Plenty is the ultimate place to do a lot, or just a little. Perfect.

Tauranga 95 Willow St +64 (0)7 578 8103

Open 7 days: 8.30am – 5pm

Whakatāne Quay St 0800 942 528

Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:30pm Saturday & Sunday 9:00am - 4:00pm

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sun soaked white sandy beaches

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History and culture

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Tauranga means ‘safe anchorage’ in Māori.

The Eastern Bay of Plenty was one of the first parts of New Zealand to be occupied by Māori over 1000 years ago. And while Captain James Cook formally named the region in 1769, European settlers didn’t arrive until the early 1830s.


Captain James Cook named this region the ‘Bay of Plenty’ because he observed, from afar, many Māori villages with welltended gardens. Whakatāne is the ‘kiwi capital of the world’. The region’s white sandy coastline stretches for 125km. NZ’s most active volcano - White Island - sits 49km offshore from Whakatāne

It’s hard to believe that Tauranga once struggled to grow its population, where there was little over 1,000 residents remaining due to the Land Wars of the 1860s. But flourish it did, thanks to it becoming an export port for the Bay of Plenty in 1950 - creating many jobs for the city and surrounding towns. Also contributing to its success was the abundance of resources and rich soil that has enabled the Bay of Plenty to produce much of New Zealand’s Kiwifruit and Avocado exports. The region is now the fifth largest in the country and nearly 300,000 residents call the BOP (as it’s fondly known) home.

Public buses in Tauranga are called Bay Hoppers and the routes include all major shopping, dining and tourist destinations. For more information visit

Taxis You can easily catch a taxi (cab) in Tauranga, Mount Maunganui and Whakatane.

Rental Cars You can hire modern rental cars at both Tauranga and Whakatāne airports (plus other locations around Tauranga’s CBD). 37


Beach It Professional Nails & Beauty • Acrylic Nails

• Massage

• Manicure + Pedicure

• Facial Therapy Treatments

• Waxing + Tinting

• Gel Polish

Gift vouchers available! Walk ins welcome Shop 1, 277 Maunganui Road | 07 572 5996


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 +64 7 220 8888

Mount Maunganui It hasn't been voted one of the world's top 25 beaches for nohting! This stunning stretch of white sand at Main Beach is the perfect place for all types of water activities and sun bathing. It also helps that it has an epic surf break, suitable for beginners to the more experienced surfers.

Ōhope Voted New Zealand's most loved beach, just over the hill from Whakatāne. Popular year-round with crystal clear water, rolling ocean waves and plenty of warm white sand, it's perfect for families who want to picnic and stay awhile.

Waihi Beach A little more low-key than it's Tauranga counterpart, Waihi Beach is like stepping back in time to a simpler life. Dotted with kiwi 'beach baches' the way they used to be, you won't want to miss a day in the sun here - where time seems to stand still for a while.

Papamoa Just down the road from the popular Mt Maunganui main beach, Papamoa has coastline that stretches as far as the eye can see.

Pukehina If you prefer your beaches more remote, Pukehina is half-way between Tauranga and Whakatāne, and boasts an extremely laid-back vibe next to an estuary harbour. Camera

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SHOP AT TAURANGA’S NEWEST SHOPPING CENTRE Tauranga Crossing is the newest and most vibrant shopping centre in the Bay of Plenty. Featuring over 100 specialty stores including big brands like H&M, Farmers, The Warehouse, Noel Leeming and PAK’nSAVE supermarket. Tauranga Crossing is your ultimate retail experience.

STORE GUIDE Banks Books & Stationery Cinema Department Stores Electronics & Phones Fashion Accessories Food & Beverage

Footwear Gaming & Entertainment Gifts & Homewares Grocery Hair, Health & Beauty Jewellery Men’s, Women’s & Kids’ Fashion

2 Taurikura Dr, Tauriko, Tauranga

Pharmacy Services Sporting & Outdoors Travel Variety



Honey Sales & Gift Shop BeeNZ is working with nature and the environment to bring its customers the highest quality New Zealand honey.

85 Tetley Road, Katikati 3178 Open 8:30-4:30 Monday to Friday

GUIDED TOURS Enjoy a guided tour and discover the secret magical world of the honeybee. Experience our virtual reality and be transported to the remote New Zealand forests.

RETAIL STORE Complement your visit to Experience Comvita in the Retail Store, where you will find a full range of Comvita health and wellness products.


CAFE RESTORE Treat yourself at Cafe Restore. Relax and savor the view of the manuka GUIDED TOURS bushes and enjoy a bite to eat from our menu of healthy snacks, light meals and refreshments. Enjoy a guided tour and discover the secret magical world of the honeybee.


• See the world and the beehive through the eyes of the hardworking honeybee • Discover how bees make precious honey OPEN 7 DAYS and how it is carefully harvested and Phone 0800 BEES BEES 07 533 1987 turned into aor delicious range of food and health products by Comvita.

23 Wilson Roadabout South, • Learn the Paengaroa healing power

of nature Newa scenic Located in the beautiful Bay ofthrough Plenty, just Zealand’s native plants. 20-35 minute drive from Tauranga or Rotorua. • Experience our virtual reality and be transported to the remote New Zealand forests – the heartland of Manuka


Attractions Mauao (Mount Maunganui) At 232 metres, the views from the top of ‘The Mount’ are spectacular, and once you’re up there you’ll realise why this is a must-do walk and attraction for visitors to the Bay.

Whakaari (White Island) Exploring New Zealand’s only active marine volcano is a true bucket list experience. Read all about it on page 42.

McLaren Falls Park 190 hectares of parkland alongside Lake McLaren. Great for camping, kayaking, fishing, bush walks and picnics. It's an easy stroll to see McLaren Falls, and by dusk, you can spot glowworms on the track.

Kiwi Night Trails Spot our beloved kiwi! They only come out at night, so experience a serene bush walk while seeking out these mysterious, elusive birds native only to New Zealand.

Local Wildlife Head out on the water, whether by boat or paddle board, to meet the local marine wildlife. Some of the animals that call this part of ocean and coastline home include penguins, seals, dolphins, whales, sunfish, school fish, sharks and orca (can depend on the time of the year). Camera

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reat yourself to a soak in pure geothermal mineral water. All pools are emptied, cleaned and refilled daily with continuous flow of fresh water. Boasting 8 spacious private pools and an ambient main pool set amongst towering tree ferns.

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Fernland Spa offers a peaceful oasis only 5 minutes from Tauranga CBD. Magical lighting at night or bird song during daylight. Stay in your campervan or enjoy a night in Fern cottage.

Manufacturers of traditional and custom New Zealand greenstone and high end jewellery

Open 8.30am to 10pm daily. 8 private pools, shower and toilet in each room. Massage by appointment. Plenty of parking. Large campsites with free WiFi and access to the main pool.

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Whakaari White Island

Pack up the kids and come on down to Blueberry Corner to spend the day eating yummy berries and enjoying Whakatāne’s favourite real fruit ice creams. The atmosphere is vibrant, whānau friendly and full of life. You can meet the newest member of our team, Āniwaniwa, our rainbow lorikeet.

Many are drawn to the fascination of the spectacular lunar landscape that is White Island, known to Māori as Whakaari, ‘to make visible’. At the northern end of the Taupo volcanic zone, lies New Zealand’s most continuously active volcano and private scenic reserve, an uninhabited island rising from the South Pacific Ocean only 48 kilometres from the Bay of Plenty coast. An active stratovolcano for at least 150,000 years, White Island is truly one of the most fascinating and accessible volcanoes on earth. To protect its birdlife and the pristine condition of this wonderland, White Island was declared a private scenic reserve in 1953, only accessible for guided tours by boat or scenic flights. To explore New Zealand’s only live marine volcano, is to visit a fascinating landscape that is quite surreal; a unique adventure to witness nature’s tremendous power, as you can walk right inside the main crater. Marvel at the spectacular turquoise waters of the crater’s lake, hissing steam vents, bubbling mud and fragile yellow and white sulphur crystals, alongside the remains of a factory, vestiges of sulphur mining from 1880’s to 1930’s.

� 364 Thornton Rd, RD4, Whakātane 3194 phone 07 308 0444 �


The perfect place from which to explore the Eastern Bay of Plenty

White Island is an impressive sight rising from the ocean. What you see as you approach is literally the ‘tip of the iceberg’ as 70 percent of this massive structure lies under the sea. Above sea level, the main crater makes up most of the island, reaching 321 metres high. The waters around the island are abundant with sea and birdlife. Renowned for multi-day game fishing, and as one of New Zealand’s best dive sites with amazing visibility and underwater steam vents.

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Ultimate Guide 2020 | Rotorua & Bay of Plenty  

Lifestyle magazine for the Rotorua District area

Ultimate Guide 2020 | Rotorua & Bay of Plenty  

Lifestyle magazine for the Rotorua District area