Destination guide

The culturally rich city of Rotorua awaits you

Enjoy the culture and other features of Rotorua. Renowned for its spas, lake and hot springs, this city welcomes all visitors. Whether you're planning a family vacation, friends trip or romantic retreat, HomeAway has a great selection of vacation homes. Many rentals come with a full kitchen and separate dining area, perfect if you need a space for entertaining.

Things to do

Sightseeing in and around Rotorua

Are you looking for attractions to visit in the area? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes Rotorua a fun spot to vacation. Here are some of the most popular attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Waikite Valley Thermal Pools (13.5 mi / 21.8 km)
  • Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park (2.7 mi / 4.3 km)
  • Off Road NZ (11.7 mi / 18.9 km)
  • Waimangu Cauldron (0.4 mi / 0.7 km)
  • Government Gardens Golf (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • Racing Rotorua (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Rotorua

Travelers enjoy Rotorua for its lakeside setting and hot springs. Whether you're an active traveler or just want to appreciate the scenery, Rotorua is a great place to get out in nature. Here are a few of the area's noteworthy sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Polynesian Spa (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • Government Gardens (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • Kuirau Park (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest (2.2 mi / 3.6 km)
  • Lake Rotorua (3.9 mi / 6.2 km)
  • Lake Tikitapu (5.9 mi / 9.5 km)
How to get there

Traveling to and around Rotorua

The nearest airport is in Rotorua (ROT-Rotorua Regional), located 4.1 mi (6.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Tauranga (TRG), which is 32.4 mi (52.1 km) away.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Rotorua?

Whatever your vacation needs, you'll find a rental in or around Rotorua that's a perfect match. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Take advantage of handy extras like a hair dryer and an oven at "Kaimai Range Country Getaway". Situated around 45 miles from Rotorua, this quality property has 2 bedrooms and good guest reviews.
  • Alternatively, make yourself comfortable at "Mount Maunganui Little Blue Bach". Located around 35 miles from the heart of Rotorua, it has 1 bedroom and features off-street parking options and heating.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Rotorua vacation rental for you.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near Rotorua?

Get far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life at one of our weekend getaways in or near Rotorua. Whether you'd like to catch up with friends or spend precious time with the fam, there'll be something to suit your needs. Here are a few places we think you'll love:

  • "Lake Okareka Adventurers Retreat" is around 6 miles east of Rotorua and the perfect place to recharge your batteries. You'll appreciate the convenient amenities here, including heating and an oven.
  • "One Bedroom Flat. Borders Reserve" is another excellent option to consider. It's located 30 miles to the north of Rotorua and comes with a living room, towels and more.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around Rotorua?

Studio apartments may be small, but they pack a mighty punch when it comes to convenience and location. Unpack your bags at one of these cozy studio apartments in or near Rotorua:

  • One of our top picks is "The Love Shack Luxury Lake Edge Escape". Book a few nights or more at this popular apartment and you'll have access to a TV and WiFi.
  • Another top option is "Pomare Cottage - Rotorua Holiday Home". Don't be fooled by its modest size — this comfy apartment is loaded with useful amenities like off-street parking options, an iron and ironing board and much more.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Rotorua?

From cozy studio apartments to spacious homes, Vrbo has your quick break sorted. Here are some of our favorite stays in and around Rotorua:

  • Close to the center of Rotorua, "Luxury Home With The Beach Across The Road" welcomes short-term guests. When you're not enjoying your comfortable digs, get out and explore what's around you.
  • Alternatively, book a couple of nights at "Relax Waihi Beach Style". This comfy, conveniently located property makes exploring the sights easy.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near Rotorua?

Forget about roses and chocolates. Sometimes all you need is a weekend away, just you and your honey. At Vrbo, we've got romantic getaways in and around Rotorua that would make even old Cupid swoon. Here are some we think you'll love:

  • Around 9 miles from Rotorua, "The Love Shack Luxury Lake Edge Escape" is the perfect place for starry-eyed couples. Outdoor furniture and beach sun loungers are among the many amenities here.
  • Alternatively, spend a few magical days sipping on bubbly and canoodling at "Stylish + Modern - Lake Okareka", around 6 miles from Rotorua. Outdoor furniture and beach sun loungers will help set the scene for romance.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near Rotorua?

A pool is often an all-important amenity when choosing where to stay on vacation, particularly if you're taking the kids. Check out these houses with a pool in or near Rotorua and spend your days splish-splashing around:

  • Pack your swimming gear and make yourself comfortable at "Lake Edge Large Modern House Spectacular View Jetty". There are also lots of other great amenities here, including a balcony and a separate dining area.
  • Spend lazy days swimming or simply unwinding by the water at "The Cheeky Tui Holiday House". This property is also a firm favorite and offers coffee and tea making facilities, books and more.

Not sure what to pack for your Rotorua break? This enticing destination has an oceanic climate. During the summer months, expect average temperatures ranging from 55 ºF to 70 ºF. Check out our selection of Rotorua vacation rentals by using the search bar at the top of the page. Simply adjust the filters to get more inspiration on where to stay.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near Rotorua?

It's always more fun to share the good times with the ones that are closest to your heart. Whether you're planning a family get-together or spending time with close friends, we'll have a large vacation rental that's perfect for you. Here are two of our best in and around Rotorua:

  • Around 6 miles to the east of Rotorua, "Lake Okareka Adventurers Retreat" has 3 bedrooms and fits up to 13 guests. It's equipped with a range of amenities, including a DVD player and a dining table.
  • "Fairley Close To The Forest And Lakes" also has the space you need to reconnect with loved ones. This option is around 2 miles to the east of central Rotorua and accommodates as many as 7 guests in its 3 bedrooms. A video library and a kitchen will help keep everyone content and comfortable.

If you'd like to sightsee, there are lots of family-friendly attractions nearby to put on your itinerary. Whakatane Aquatic Centre, Te Papaka & Puketapu and Okere Falls Scenic Reserve are good places to start.

Can I find family cabin rentals in or near Rotorua?

Get away from it all and treat your loved ones to a vacation of a different kind. Stay in one of these family cabins in or near Rotorua and get the camping experience — but with all the comforts of home!

  • "Cabin - Off Grid Sheperd's Hut" - This sought-after escape offers coffee and tea making facilities and a kitchen and is around 17 miles southeast of the center of Rotorua.
  • "Cabin - Absolutely Awesome Beach Front Rural Retreat. Private Paradise" - Round up the troops and spend a few days or more at this inviting stay, which is around 30 miles to the northeast of Rotorua. You'll have access to a living room, towels and a good deal more.

For more options, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the Rotorua vacation rental that's perfect for your needs.

Can I find two-bedroom vacation rentals in or near Rotorua?

Yes, you can. From modern apartments to cozy cabins, Vrbo is your one-stop-shop for great getaways. Smaller families will appreciate these two-bedroom properties in or near Rotorua:

  • Heading up our list is "Cosy Bach, Stunning Lakefront Site". This two-bedroom stay provides guests with handy amenities like a lake view and a garden. Explore Rotorua's excellent attractions from this base.
  • "Central Kuirau Cottage With Park Views" is another comfy two-bedroom retreat. It has a kitchen, off-street parking options and lots more.

What are the best three-bedroom vacation rentals in or near Rotorua?

You could easily fit a small crowd into the three-bedroom properties available on Vrbo. If you're vacationing with a group of friends, take a look at these options in or near Rotorua:

  • It's not hard to see why "Fairley Close To The Forest And Lakes" is a hit with many travelers. This expansive retreat comes with a kitchen and a garden and makes vacationing with family and friends a fun experience.
  • Alternatively, check out the relaxing getaway that is "Central Hotspot - 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom With Thermal Heating". Stretch out with your favorite people and make the most of its many conveniences, including a kitchen and games.

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