Escape to Rotorua this Winter

Rotorua Winter getaway

Why Visit Rotorua in Winter?

As winter approaches our thoughts turn to good holiday destinations for the cooler weather.

Rotorua is the perfect place to warm up with geothermal hot pools and blood-pumping activities. There is a large range of adventure and family based attractions and it is a great place to experience the Maori Culture.

Explore. Escape. Be Entertained. 

Getting There

Rotorua is easy to get to by car, bus or plane as it is located in the centre of the North Island. Holiday Inn Rotorua hotel also has free parking for those that drive.

There are a number of flights into Rotorua from New Zealand’s main cities. Holiday Inn Rotorua hotel is located approximately a 12 minute taxi ride from the airport.



Adventure Activities in Rotorua

Whether you enjoy speeding down a hill on a luge cart or in a giant inflatable ball, or even racing through the Redwoods Forest on a mountain bike, there is plenty to do in Rotorua to get the blood pumping.

Here are some of our top picks:

Family activities in Rotorua

There is heaps to keep the kids entertained in Rotorua, whether it is for a weekend trip or during the school holidays. If it’s animals they love, climbing through mazes or speeding down hill on the luge, your guaranteed plenty of fun and laughs in Rotorua.

Check out some of our top picks below to keep the family entertained. We also currently have a drawing competition for kids where they can win one of seven family getaways. Find out more here. 

Our Family Friendly Facilities

The Pool

Kids swimming heated poolFamilies love our geothermally heated outdoor pool. Heated year round, our pool is a great place to unwind or have some fun. You will often see a range of pool toys to keep the little ones entertained.

We also have two hot spa pools for parents to relax in.

  • Our pool facilities are open from 6.30am until 10pm daily.

Chapman's RotoruaChapman’s Buffet Restaurant

At all Holiday Inn’s Kids Eat for Free for children 12 and under!




Romance in Rotorua

From intimate dining spots, to the steaming hot pools, there are plenty of places in Rotorua for romance:

Where to Eat in Rotorua

Rotorua Restaurants

Chapman’s Restaurant and Bar

You don’t have to walk far to visit one of Rotorua’s most famous buffet – Chapman’s Restaurant. Located in the lobby of the hotel, Chapman’s offers a large array of fresh seafood, contemporary international dishes, a daily roast with all the trimmings and a dessert station that will have you coming back for more. What’s more – kids 12 and under eat free!



Chapmans Restaurant buffet clams

Leonardo’s Italian Food & Wine

Located on Rotorua’s well known ‘Eat Street’, Leonardo’s is a small family-run restaurant serving up delicious Italian cuisine. Using fresh local ingredients, the menu is offers a select range of dishes which change regularly. The intimate interior and friendly, attentive service means this place gets busy so bookings are recommended.



Leonardo's Italian


Sabroso serves rustic and traditional dishes from the Caribbean as well as Central and South America.  Tucked away in downtown Rotorua, it is the perfect location for a date night, or if with the family we recommend making an early booking.



Sabroso restaurant

Indian Star

Enjoy mouthwatering Indian dishes at Indian Star. The menu offers a taste of some of the best and most characteristic Indian dishes including rich and lavish Pulao and Biryani rice dishes, savoury North Indian Kormas, kebabs and tandoori dishes, all complimented with handmade breads. Southern India, known for it’s vegetarian and seafood cuisine, inspires a large range of delicious dishes using classic ingredients such as chilli, coconut oil and coconut milk.



Indian Star Restaurant Rotorua

Atticus Finch

Also located on ‘Eat Street’, the vibe at Atticus Finch is lively and fun. The menu is designed to share using a combination of carefully selected ingredients that allow a series of flavours to be shared and enjoyed together. The food is fresh, innovative, flavoursome and made from scratch.



Atticus Finch Restaurant

Rotorua Cafes and Quick Bites

Ciabatta Cafe and Bakery

For something quick and easy you can’t go past Ciabatta Cafe and Bakery. From the freshly baked breads to the kiwi favourites like a mince and cheese pie, this spot has quickly become a local favourite. You can also find the longest hotdog in the world at Ciabatta – it’s called the Long Dog! With 430mm in length it makes quite the lunch, especially if you have it loaded with sour cream and cheese and fire it up for the ‘melt down’ experience.


Ciabatta bakery and cafe

Lime Cafeteria

Lime Cafeteria does all the basics really well, and is located on a great corner for people watching. Their cool interior is fresh, modern and light, and the menu has something for all ages. Lime is open for brunch and lunch and offers some peace and quiet from the main hustle and bustle of the town.


Lime Cafe Rotorua

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Discover the incredible wonder that is glowworms at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. We recommend taking the famous boat ride where you meander underground along the Waitomo River and gaze in silence up at the Glowworm Grotto.

Alternately for adrenaline junkies, you can abseil, weave, jump, climb, and float through a glowworm-studded subterranean wonderland with the Legendary Black Water Rafting Co.

The Waitomo Glowworm Caves are approximately two hours drive from Holiday Inn Rotorua.



Hobbtion, Matamata

If you are a fan of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, then visiting the Hobbiton movie set is a must. Stop by ‘Bag End’, where Frodo and Bilbo’s adventures began and crouch under the small doorways to explore the hobbit holes. You can also visit the Dragon Inn, the mill and the Party Tree, plus listen to the tale of how Hobbiton was created.

Tours depart daily from the Shire’s Rest Cafe, 501 Buckland Road Matamata and from the Matamata & Rotorua i-SITEs.

Hobbiton is approximately an hour’s drive from Holiday Inn Rotorua.



Mount Maunganui, Tauranga

Affectionately nicknamed ‘The Mount’ by New Zealanders, Mount Maunganui is a relaxed beach town located at the southern end of Tauranga Harbour. Loved by locals for it’s incredible surf beach, The Mount has a distinctive 230m peak which is fun to climb and offers incredible views. In winter The Mount offers a great day trip with it’s friendly township, boutique shops and great cafe spots.

The Mount is approximately one hour drive from Holiday Inn Rotorua.