Romantic Rotorua

When you think of Romantic getaways in New Zealand, not many people would automatically think Rotorua. But there is actually a lot you can do which is perfect for couples! From hot mud pools, to romantic treewalks and bonding adrenaline activities, Rotorua has it all.

Hells Gate

Named Hells Gate by the Irish Playwright George Bernard Shaw, the land encompasses a rich history and has been used as a place of healing and of cleansing. You and your loved one will leave feeling enriched after having partaken in one of the many spa treatments. Try their Mud Bath Spa, Miri Miri Massage (we’ve gone and tested this one ourselves, and it’s the best massage we’ve had!), or for that extra dose of romance a relaxing Twilight Spa.

Eat Street

For all your romantic dining needs try out Rotorua’s Eat Street. They do say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach afterall. No romantic getaway would be complete without great food and if that dining experience happens to be al fresco, then all the better. But what if it rains you may ask? Will my romantic meal under the stars be ruined? Eat Street has retractable roofing, clever, we know.


These mighty giants of nature are a sight to behold at any time of the day. But, with romance in mind, a walk through the Redwoods forest at night, your path illuminated with the unique creations of David Trubridge Design, is an ethereal experience and definitely a worthy couples activity. In addition these 115 year old trees have been lit up with 30 large lanterns, 400 infinite colour spots and more. At Holiday Inn Rotorua we are lucky enough to be located right next door to these impressive and ancient trees.

Volcanic Air

Take flight with Volcanic Air; offering both Helicopter and Floatplane tours. You will never forget the first time you lay eyes on the untouched beauty of White Island (pictured below) or take your first steps on this active Volcano. Just remember, true love is rescuing your significant other from lava in the case of an explosion. There is a range of great flights available that promise sky high romance.


OGO is the perfect activity for couples who don’t mind rolling around inside giant plastic balls together. If you are looking for a activity that is anything but expected then this is for you. Plus, at the end of your adventure there is always the opportunity to relax in the hot tub…

Not a long drive from many North Island locations, Rotorua is a great destination for a couples getaway – perfect for long weekends or when you don’t have much on. Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves are also relatively close , so why not stop by there too? Holiday Inn Rotorua is in close proximity to the activities listed (we are neighbours with Redwoods Forest) and our team is happy to help out with any special requests you might have for your stay. Come see us soon and a very happy Valentines Day to you all.