The second largest lake in the North Island, Lake Rotorua lies in a caldera, a
basin caused by volcanic activity and is surrounded by lush farmland, native bush,
Rotorua city and steaming geothermal springs and vents. Its colour can be described
as an unusual dark green-yellow due to the high content of sulphur and other
Two kilometres from the eastern shore of Lake Rotorua lies Mokoia Island, a
wildlife sanctuary since 1921. This small, cone shaped island, is a haven for
endangered New Zealand birds and remains predator free.
It is also the home of a famous Maori legend and one of the great New Zealand
love stories reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet. Tutanekai was a young Maori man who
loved Hinemoa. Unfortunately, she was of higher birth than Tutanekai, the daughter
of a powerful chief, and the young lovers were destined to be kept apart by her
family. Determined not to be thwarted in her love, Hinemoa bravely swam to Mokoia
Island under the cover of night, lured by the music of Tutanekai's flute, to be with
her beloved. According to legend, once Hinemoa's family discovered where she was,
they accepted her choice of husband and the two tribes were united forever more.
See a complete list of the Rotorua region accommodation.
This week's featured accommodation at the Rotorua region is:
Hotel, Luxury Accommodation, Luxury Resort, Resort - Rotorua
Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort - New Zealand's only Cultural Destination Spa Resort. Stay and indulge yourself in our 4.5 star luxury, lakeside Rotorua accommodation. After a long day of exploring Rotorua, pamper yourself in our internationally acclaimed Wai Ora Day Spa with complimentary use of hot mineral pools, and kawakawa infused sauna & steam room.
About the Resort
Located on the shores of Lake Rotorua, this luxury hotel is just a 3-minute drive from Rotorua Airport. A... More...
Backpacker, House Share, Student Accommodation - Te Puke
"Feels like home" So come Stay & Play in the Bay... clean, friendly, relaxed... peaceful & quiet, situated right on the corner No 1 Road, Te Puke and the Pacific Coast Highway, between Tauranga and Rotorua. Perfect if you are looking for comfortable budget accommodation. An ideal stop-over for individuals and groups of 12 - 60 people. Te Puke is one of NZ's best locations in the Bay of Plenty, if you want to get away from the Rat race but still be only a short drive to everything. We are... More...
Motel Accommodation - Rotorua
Set on 4 acres of peaceful, landscaped gardens, Rotorua Hideaway Lodge offers affordable accommodation with free Wi-Fi and free on-site parking. It is located within 7 minutes' drive of Rotorua's town centre. The large children's adventure playground is surrounded by trees and features tree huts, swings, tunnels, slides and a flying fox. Hideaway Lodge Motel offers self-catering apartments with fully equipped kitchens. Each apartment has a private balcony with an outdoor setting and lovely... More...
Bed and Breakfast Accommodation - Rotorua
Offering a hot tub, free WiFi and free breakfast, Rotorua City Homestay is just a 15-minute walk from the famous Polynesian Spa. Guests enjoy garden views from their private patio. All rooms are heated, and include a 32-inch LED TV, a refrigerator and tea and coffee making facilities. Each room has a private bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer. Rotorua City Homestay B&B is a 20-minute walk from Rotorua Station. The Te Puia Maori Cultural and Thermal Park is a 7-minute drive and Rotorua... More...
Apartment Accommodation - Rotorua
Featuring a geothermally heated swimming pool, East West Studio Apartments offers self-contained apartments or B&B options just 1 km from Lake Rotorua. All rooms include a flat-screen TV with free-to-air or satellite channels. Free parking is available on site. East West Studio Apartments Rotorua are 10 minutes’ walk from the famous Polynesian Spa, and 5 minutes’ drive from the Rotorua Museum of Art & History. Rotorua International Airport is a 15-minute drive away. All rooms operate a Domestic... More...
Waikuta Lakeside Lodge
- Holiday Home.
Situated in Rotorua, within 6 km of Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park and 8 km of Lake Rotorua, Waikuta Lakeside Lodge...