Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Rotorua

Rotorua Museum

This outstanding museum occupies a grand Tudor-style edifice. A 20-minute film on the history of Rotorua, including the Tarawera eruption, runs every 20 minutes from 9am. The Don Stafford Wing, dedicated to Rotorua'…
Top Choice Middle Eastern in Rotorua

Abracadabra Cafe Bar

Channelling Spain, Mexico and Morocco, Abracadabra is a magical cave of spicy delights, from beef-and-apricot tagine to king-prawn fajitas and Tijuana pork chilli. There's a great beer terrace out the back – perfect…
Geyser in Rotorua

Te Puia

This thermal reserve is 3km south of the city centre, and features more than 500 springs. The most famous is Pohutu (‘Big Splash’ or ‘Explosion’), a geyser which erupts up to 20 times a day, spurting hot water up to…
Forest in Rotorua

Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest

This magical forest park is 3km southeast of town on Tarawera Rd. It was originally home to over 170 tree species planted from 1899 to see which could be grown successfully for timber. Mighty Californian redwoods gi…
Clothing in Rotorua

Maori Made

Traditional and contemporary Māori design merge at this excellent shop showcasing work from several local designers. Apparel, homewares, weaving and jewellery are all represented, and much of the work is uniquely av…
Bakery in Rotorua

Mistress of Cakes

Fab muffins, slices, biscuits, scones and quiches, too, all homemade with local ingredients. Mistress of Cakes is now in a new location handily close to the Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest. A coffee and a stonking sau…
Craft Beer in Rotorua

Brew

Run by the lads from Croucher Brewing Co, Rotorua’s best microbrewers, Brew sits in a sunny spot on Rotorua's 'Eat Streat'. Thirteen taps showcase the best of Croucher's brews as well as guest beers from NZ and over…
Village in Rotorua

Whakarewarewa Village

Whakarewarewa Thermal Village is a living village where tangata whenua (the locals) still reside, as they have for centuries. The villagers show you around and tell you the stories of their way of life and the signi…
Nature Reserve in Rotorua

Te Whakarewarewa

Rotorua’s main drawcard is Te Whakarewarewa (pronounced 'fa-ka-re-wa-re-wa'), a thermal reserve 3km south of the city centre. This area’s full name is Te Whakarewarewatanga o te Ope Taua a Wahiao, meaning ‘The Gathe…
Wildlife Reserve in Rotorua

Rainbow Springs

The natural springs here are home to wild trout and eels, which you can peer at through an underwater viewer. There are interpretive walkways, a new 'Big Splash' water ride, and plenty of animals, including tuatara …