Destination guide

Rotorua holiday homes to rent

Known for its rich Maori culture and fascinating geothermal activity, Rotorua is a charming town with a namesake lake that’s perfect for every type of holiday. From learning more about the local Maori culture and exploring the town’s shops and restaurants, to taking to the water or land for an adrenaline-pumping sport, Rotorua has something for families, couples and the solo traveller to create exciting and memorable experiences. Holiday homes to rent put you in the heart of Rotorua and all it has to offer.


Heritage sites near Rotorua holiday rentals

Rotorua has a rich culture and history that’s explored through its local museums and heritage sites. Holiday rentals can be found near attractions like the Government Gardens, a lakeside park with a geothermal bathhouse and museum with Tudor-style architecture, and Whakarewarewa – The Living Maori Village, a Maori cultural showcase with traditional feasts, rituals and performances in a geothermal landscape. The Mitai Maroi Village, a traditional Maori village with guided bush walks, cultural events and meals, and the Buried Village of Te Wairoa, a deserted Maori village near a volcano with geysers and a lake, are also must-visit attractions. You could also learn more about the local culture in the Rotorua Museum, a museum and art gallery that chronicles the history of the region.


Activities and attractions in Rotorua

Do you want to find attractions to visit during your stay? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and check out everything that Rotorua has to offer. These are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Government Gardens Golf (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • Racing Rotorua (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • Springfield Golf Club (1.4 mi / 2.3 km)
  • Rotorua Golf Club (1.6 mi / 2.6 km)
  • Volcanic Hills Winery (2.5 mi / 4 km)
  • Skyline Rotorua (2.5 mi / 4 km)
Outdoor activities

Must-try sports near Rotorua holiday homes

Rotorua is an adventure playground with a huge selection of outdoor activities to choose from. Thrill seekers can try rainforest canopy walks, waterfall rafting, river rafting, canoeing, rock climbing, kayaking, zip lining, gondola rides, luging, hang-gliding and skydiving over the landscape. For a more leisurely outdoor experience, nature walks, hiking, biking, backpacking and wildlife viewing are popular options. Whatever your inclination, you’ll find endless outdoor activities near your holiday accommodation in Rotorua.

Natural highlights

Exploring the natural landscape of Rotorua

Travellers love Rotorua for its panoramic lake views and relaxing hot springs. Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to appreciate the scenery, Rotorua is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. Here are some of the area’s most eye-catching natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Government Gardens (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • Kuirau Park (0.5 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve (1.8 mi / 2.9 km)
  • Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest (2.2 mi / 3.6 km)
  • Mount Ngongotaha (3.3 mi / 5.4 km)
  • Lake Rotorua (3.9 mi / 6.2 km)
How to get there

Transport options to and around Rotorua

Fly into Rotorua (ROT-Rotorua Regional), the closest airport, located 4.1 mi (6.6 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Tauranga (TRG), which is 32.4 mi (52.1 km) away.

How to get around

Transport to Rotorua holiday rentals

As the gateway to both the Bay of Plenty and the Central North Island, Rotorua has many modes of transport to get into the village and throughout the region. Rotorua is well connected through a network of air and road links with coaches and shuttles that connect to local cities. Once there, car hire, coaches and taxis are available to travel from your holiday accommodation to nearby destinations.

Food & drink 

Regional cuisine in Rotorua

With the seemingly endless coastline and vast ocean, seafood is a favourite among locals and travellers to New Zealand, but many of its signature dishes are from Maori influence. Hangi, a meat and vegetable dish cooked underground, caramelised honeycomb ice cream, crayfish, and kina, a type of sea urchin with edible flesh, are all delicacies that are found in many Rotorua restaurants and eateries. If you want to experience the foodie culture of New Zealand, visit a restaurant near your holiday accommodation and order up one of these traditional Maori dishes.

How many holiday accommodation are available around Rotorua?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 360 holiday rentals around Rotorua. From 266 holiday houses to 35 cottages, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Rotorua is on Stayz.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Rotorua?

Stayz offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Rotorua. From Stayz travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest: 391 holiday rentals
  • Rotorua Central Mall: 391 holiday rentals
  • Rotorua Arts Village: 391 holiday rentals
  • Off Road NZ: 303 holiday rentals
  • Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve: 387 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Rotorua listed on Stayz where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Rotorua?

Yes, of course. Stayz offers 266 Houses in Rotorua. Our other popular types of Rotorua holiday rentals include:

  • Cottages: 35 holiday houses
  • Condos/Apartments: 25 holiday houses
  • Lodges: 3 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Rotorua?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 19 holiday homes with pool available in Rotorua. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.