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Rotorua, famous for it's Maori culture and geothermal Earth forces, has a lot to offer any backpacker in New Zealand.

With great nightlife, spa rejuvenation, heaps of activities, huge geysers, cultural experiences, natural hot pools, 16 lakes, amazing mountain biking trails, trout fishing, forest walking tracks and a unique sulpher smell, Rotorua is definately a place you won't forget.

Visiting thrill seekers won't be disappointed with activities such as kayaking, whitewater rafting, waterskiing, sky-diving, wakeboarding, jet boating and zorbing, there is plenty to keep you occupied during your stay in Rotovegas.

our opinion

A beautiful town with awesome lake views, we loved Rotorua for the nights out and activities during the day. Being the cultural capital of New Zealand, It's the place to go to learn about the Maori history and how they live. Once you arrive here, you'll notice the eggy smell of sulpher, but don't worry, you'll get used to it quickly, it's a unique feature that the locals are proud of and one that you will remember forever, it has to be smelt to be believed. Definately give Rotorua a couple of days on your trip.

a great place to stay

A few Must Do's

With a rock climbing wall, table football, pool table and free gym we recommend Crank Backpackers for your accomodation while in Rotorua, rally cheap internet and clean rooms mean this is the best of the bunch

  • Zorbing down a hill in an inflatable ball in this NZ invented sport

      • Learn how the Maori's lived and enjoy a traditional Hangi with a Maori concert

          • Check out the geothermal pools and 'unique' Sulpher smell of Rotorua

GYT Reccomendations

Other things to Do and see

Our favourite activity in Rotorua is definately Zorbing, fly down a purpose built track in a huge inflatable ball swish around in the water with no idea where you're going or see if you can stay vertical and make it down like a hamster, either way you'll love Zorb Rotorua.

Duck Tours
Mountain Biking

Air Safari
Bungy Jump
A Night out