Celebrating Matariki 2019

Matariki is almost here! This year,  from June 25 to 28, Matariki (the Pleiades Star Cluster) will once again rise in Aotearoa’s winter skies. For those of you who do not know what Matariki is all about, this occasion signifies the start of the Māori New Year (Te Tau Hou Māori), paving the way to a month of celebrations and festivities throughout New Zealand.

If you’re in Rotorua during Martariki, why not join in with family and friends and take the time to reflect on the past, celebrate the present and look towards the future. Here’s how you can celebrate Matariki in Rotorua:

OGLOW – Winter Solstice
Saturday, 22nd of June 2019 l 6:00-10:30pm

Returning for another year, Rotorua’s iconic zorbing attraction, OGO, is hosting an ‘OGlow’ Winter Solstice event in celebration of Matariki. As the sun sets on the 22nd of June,  for one night only you will have the chance to experience the thrill of rolling downhill in a giant inflatable ball in the dark!  Not only will OGO be offering an awesome discount offer off ride, they will be hosting a BBQ provided by their friends at Terrace Kitchen. While this may not be the conventional way Matariki is celebrated,  the occasion is about togetherness and bringing family and friends after all.

Limited sales, make sure to secure your tickets here.

Celebrate Matariki with Chapman’s
Open for Dinner Buffet 5:30pm-10:00pm daily

Loved by locals, Chapman’s Restaurant is the perfect place to bring together whanau and friends for delicious kai under one roof. From roast carvery, chilled seafood, sensation salads, and of courses we couldn’t forget about the mouth water dessert buffet and make-your-own ice cream station- there’s something sure to satisfy every age and taste bud.

Find out more here.

Colour the Night
Various Locations l Thursday 11 July, 5.30pm to 8.30pm

Stay tuned and lock this date in your calendar; Rotorua’s annual one-night Winter Matariki arts festival is just around the corner. Enjoy a night full of creativity, performances and music, as local artists take to the stage and open their doors for ‘Colour The Night’. Previous years saw over 2,000 attendees on the night with over 200 local artists/ performers, and we expect this year to certainly live up to the hype.

Stay turned for the full event programme closer to the date.

Want to know what else is happening for in Rotorua this Matariki? Find out more here

Best Geothermal Attractions To Visit In Rotorua This Winter

Discover the Geothermal Wonders of Rotorua this Winter 

Looking for some winter fun? As the temperature begins to drop, it’s the perfect reason to embrace winter and beat those winter blues. Whether it’s a couples weekend getaway or family holiday, Rotorua is a great destination to warm up this winter. From natural hot pools, thermal mud spas and geothermal sights, there’s a little bit of something for everyone.

Here’s our top pick of Rotorua geothermal attractions and activities to experience this winter.

1# Bathe at Kerosene Creek

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Kerosene Creek is one of Rotorua’s best kept secrets off the beaten track ! Surrounded by lush native bush surroundings, this FREE uninhabited thermal springs is located on the south road out of Rotorua, approximately 20 minutes from Holiday Inn. Winter is the best season to experience enjoy a relaxing swim in the warm thermal waters of Kerosene Creek- Just don’t forget to to pack your togs and a towel.

2# Play with Mud at Hells Gate

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The Mud Bath Spa experience is the most popular experience at Hells Gate, and no wonder because it’s certainly not everyday you can play with geothermal mud. The mud has mineral enriched properties, providing amazing revitalizing benefits for you skin. If bathing in mud a pool is not your cup of tea, why not try of they also have a Sulphur Spa- similarly the properties are supposed to provide amazing benefits for your skin and revitalize the overall wellness of your mind and body.

3# Watch the Mud Pools at Wai-O-Tapu

The Wai-O-Tapa Mud Pools provides a great lookout point to watch the geothermal forces sprout in action. You will find this FREE natural attraction next door to the famous Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Reserve.

4# Soak you Feet at the Kuirau Park Footbaths

On the northern end of Rotorua, Kuirau Park is another great FREE place to see Rotorua’s bubbling mud pools and steaming  thermal activity. A unique additional to this park is the thermal foot spa, a great way to keep your toes toasty and warm in between visiting sites.

5# Chill out in the Pool at Holiday Inn Rotorua

Nothing beats relaxing in a warm pool after a long day of adventuring Rotorua’s many wonders. Our Holiday Inn Rotorua guests love our geothermally heated pool, we also have two spas for guests to enjoy. These facilities are open from 7am-9.30am .

Your Guide To Rotorua This Autumn

Discover the joy of Rotorua this Autumn

With the summer crowds coming to an ease, autumn is a magical time of the year to experience all that Rotorua has to offer. From the changing colours and falling leaves to the plentiful sights and outdoor activities to keep you on your feet, here’s our Rotorua seasonal guide collating our favourite things to do during the autumn months.

Explore the Redwoods

Here at Holiday Inn Rotorua, we are lucky to have the Redwoods (Whakarewarewa Forest) right on our doorstep. There are various ways you can choose to explore this majestic forest, whether it be by foot, mountain bike or even walking along a 20 m tall suspension bridge, the choice is yours.

Mountain Biking
While Rotorua may be home to over 160 km of Mountain Biking trails, the Redwoods (Whakarewarewa Forest) is by far one of our favourite natural playgrounds to explore. With a diverse network of tracks,  mountain biking is the perfect way to see Rotorua’s stunning native surroundings.  You don’t have to worry about being a mountain biking pro to experience Rotorua’s world class mountain biking tracks, there are track for all ages and abilities.

And because we know that many of our guests are here to test the grounds of Rotorua’s world class mountain biking trails, Holiday Inn Rotorua has fantastic mountain biking facilities, including a dedicated biking washing station and secure bike storage area inside the hotel. Better yet, after a long day of mountain biking you can warm up and soak your muscles in our geothermally heated pool. 

Don’t have your own mountain bike? Our friendly neighbours at Mountain Bike Rotorua have bikes available for hire for both adults and kids.

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Tree Walk
See and experience Rotorua’s majestic 117-year old giants from a new perspective. The Redwoods Treewalk is quite possibly one of Rotorua’s coolest new ecological attraction, in fact, the Duke and Duchess even went here during their royal visit to Rotorua . The Redwoods Treewalk  features 
28 suspension bridges, extending 700 metres in length in total, with elevate walkways ranging between 6 to 20 m high. You can also visit the Redwoods Treewalk from the hours of dusk to experience the Redwoods Nightlights. Here you will experience the forest illuminated by an enchanting display of bespoke lanterns created by New Zealand designer, David Trubridge.

Family Fun

With the Easter school holidays coming up, Rotorua is a great destination to spend some quality time with the family. In fact, families staying at Holiday Inn Rotorua can get more out of their Rotorua stay with our VIK (Very Important Kids) programme, providing exclusive discounts at some of Rotorua’s top family attractions.


The aMAZEme maze is a fantastic outing for the whole family and the perfect backdrop for a bit of friendly family competition. Get lost as you navigate your way around the 1.4km of hedges. After you successfully find your exit, head to the McGregor’s Garden for play time with some adorable rabbits in the small animals enclosure. 

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Velocity Valley

If you’re looking for a thrilling experience one quite like no other, look no further than Velocity Valley Adventure Park. Sample a selection of adrenaline pumping experiences, including Bungy Jumping, the Swoop sky swing, Velocity Valley’s jet sprint experience, Freefall Xtreme (New Zealand’s only wind tunnel) and the world’s only Shweeb – a human powered monorail racetrack.

Unique Rotorua Experiences

Whakarewarewa: The Living Maori Village
Rotorua is quite possibly the best destination to immerse yourself in the heart of Maori culture and tradition. Learning about the traditional Maori way of life can be a great educational experience for the whole family. Witness Whakarewarewa’s resident kapa haka group in action, see cultural performances, sample traditionally cooked hangi and enjoy a leisurely nature trail through the Whakarewarewa geothermal fields.

Upon check in at Holiday Inn Rotorua, ask one of our friendly staff for your 50% off voucher for Whakaewarewa: The Living Maori Village.

Hells Gate
Not only is Rotorua’s unique geothermal landscape spectacular to look at, but it can do wonders for your skins with its healing mud properties. Play and bathe in mineral enriched mud at Hells Gates– there’s no spa experience quite like it. If you’re not keen on getting muddy, they also have sulphurous spas for similar healing benefits. 

The New Family Holiday – Edventures 

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Parenting in the 21st century is not easy – you’re responsible for your children’s happiness, spiritual well-being, learning, health and so on. All while maintaining a clean household, career and who knows what else.

Here at Holiday Inn Rotorua hotel we understand that family holidays need to be relaxing, but that they can also be a playground for adventure and education.

We call it Edventures…

As a hotel dedicated to family-friendly holidays in Rotorua, we have put together a number of initiatives to make your stay the best one possible. Not only do Kids Stay & Eat Free, but we created something we like to call the VIK program – the Very Important Kids program.

Within the program families can save over $300 per child on local Rotorua attractions. Experiences like OGO (rolling down a hill in an inflatable ball), AmazeMe’s hedge maze or even Agrodome’s farm tour. The VIK Program is free – on arrival to Holiday Inn Rotorua hotel you just need to collect your free kid’s wristband on check-in. To receive your discounts show the green band at your chosen attraction – the logos are on the band and you get a detailed booklet explaining each one.

Within the program there are some activities that include great learning opportunities for your children:

Agrodome: A unique farm experience where families can learn about New Zealand animals and feed them.

Offer: One child entry free (12 years and under) with any full paying adult when the VIK wrist band is shown. Excludes Farm Tour, Back Country Adventure and Clysdale.

Rainbow Springs:  Learn about New Zealand’s natural history and come closer than ever to the creatures who call this great land of ours home.

Offer: One child entry free (12 years and under) with any full paying adult. Excludes Kiwi Encounter.

Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village: For some traditional Maori culture, the Whakarewarewa village is a must visit. Taste the unique Maori hangi, take in breathtaking sites of the geothermal activity and learn about the traditional arts of New Zealand.

Offer: 10% discount off all packages.

To view all the attractions check out the VIK guide. 

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Never Pay More Than You Need to for a Hotel Again

Confused as to whether you should book through websites like Expedia and Trivago, or with the hotel directly?

With many different ways to book the same hotel in Rotorua, it can be confusing on which way offers the best price. Sleep well knowing you are getting the best deal directly with the introduction of ‘Your Rate’.

Holiday Inn Rotorua is part of the InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) who have just launched their new initiative ‘Your Rate’ and here is why you should listen close… Not only do they guarantee the best price for your stay (or your first night is free) but you also earn valuable points that can be redeemed for heaps of amazing things on their online catalogue. Not just free room nights around the world at other IHG properties but electronics, barbecues and even handbags. Joining up doesn’t cost a cent and as a member you also get free Wi-Fi during your stay, giving your data allowance a well needed break. Lastly when you book direct with the hotel there are no middle men for things to get lost in translation – the hotel looks after you from start to finish.

There are also a bunch of other benefits with Your Rate:
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