The Ultimate Rotorua Winter Guide

Race through the Redwoods Forest, bathe in natural hot springs or try out one of the adrenaline-packed attractions – Rotorua has it all and winter is a great time to visit.

Winter in New Zealand falls from June – August.

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Explore or Relax? You don’t need to choose just one…

There are so many great activities and things to do during a Rotorua winter, it can be hard to choose. Don’t worry – we have done the work for you! Take your pick from our list of Rotorua’s best attractions and restaurants below. Travelling with kids? Make sure you check out the savings available through the Very Important Kids (VIK) program.

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Mountain Biking

Rotorua is a world-class mountain biking destination and Holiday Inn Rotorua is perfectly situated just minutes from the tracks in the Redwoods Forest. Whether you are a skilled and experienced rider or looking for an easy afternoon mountain bike with young children, Rotorua and the Redwoods Forest has tracks to suit every level. The weather is mild during a Rotorua win6ter so don’t let that put you off, you’ll warm up quickly anyway! Holiday Inn Rotorua also offers special bike cleaning and storage facilities, making it the best Rotorua hotel for mountain bikers.

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Geothermal Hot Pools, Geysers and Spas

Rotorua is famous for its geothermal pools and steaming geysers, making it the perfect place to warm up as the temperature starts to drop. There are a number of incredible day spas and hot pools within Rotorua that offer a range of massages and beauty treatments. Holiday Inn Rotorua is also the only Rotorua hotel with an outdoor geothermally heated pool so that you stay warm even on a crisp Rotorua winter’s night.

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Find out more here on Rotorua’s Geothermal History.

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Rotorua Duck Tours

Explore Rotorua’s stunning lakes on ‘the duck’, and watch it transform as it goes on land.

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Agrodome

Experience life through the eyes of a New Zealand farmer.

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Rainbow Springs

Meet some of New Zealand’s amazing wildlife in this family-friendly nature park.

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Agroventures Rotorua

Offering experiences for all levels of adrenaline.

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AmazeMe Rotorua

Test your sense of direction as you make your way through a winding hedge maze.

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OGO Rotorua

Roll down a winding hill inside a giant inflatable ball!

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Skyline Rotorua

A must do, stunning views and the popular luge (downhill go-carting).

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Whakarewarewa Village Rotorua

A living Maori village, within walking distance from the hotel.

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Government Gardens Rotorua

Enjoy beautiful rose gardens and some of Rotorua’s most historic buildings.

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Motion Entertainment

Rotorua’s newest indoor entertainment centre with mini golf, laser tag, escape games, a trampoline park and Chipmunks.

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Redwoods Treewalk

View the towering Redwoods up close on an intimate walk through these magnificent trees.

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Rotorua Rafting

The world’s highest commercial waterfall might float your boat?

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Where to dine in Rotorua?

Rotorua has many amazing restaurants to eat and caters to all tastes and budgets. Take a look at some of the great options our team as pulled together.

Rotorua Quick Bites

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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.

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Lime Cafeteria

Lime Cafeteria does all the basics really well, and is located on a great corner for people watching.

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Indian Star

Enjoy mouthwatering Indian dishes at Indian Star, inspired by a large range of delicious dishes using classic ingredients.

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Yamato Japanese

Featuring authentic Japanese cuisine in a convenient location. A local favourite with delicious flavours.

Best Rotorua Restaurants 

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Chapman’s Restaurant

Just jump in the elevator for Rotorua’s most famous buffet – Chapman’s Restaurant.

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Leonardo’s Pure Italian

Using fresh local ingredients, the menu offers a select range of dishes which change regularly.

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Sabroso

Sabroso serves rustic and traditional dishes from the Caribbean as well as Central and South America.

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Atticus Finch

Also located on ‘Eat Street’, the vibe at Atticus Finch is lively and fun, the menu is designed to share.

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Where to stay in Rotorua

Located on the edge of the spectacular Redwood forest and overlooking Whakarewarewa Geothermal Reserve, Holiday Inn Rotorua is the perfect hotel to explore all Rotorua’s activities. There is also a complimentary shuttle to help you get around, plus specialist mountain biking facilities including a cleaning station and secure bike storage. For families it is the perfect hotel because not only do Kids Stay and Eat for Free but there is heaps of activities and special discounts through the VIK program.

Your room will be comfortable and may include a balcony, geyser views, or easy access to our outdoor heated pool.

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Very Important Kids (VIK) Program

We want to make sure that even the little ones are treated like royalty while staying at the Holiday Inn Rotorua. Our VIK program comes packed with fun activities and great family discounts to some of Rotorua’s best activities.

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Why Families Book At Holiday Inn Rotorua

  • Kids packs for children
  • Children dine free at Chapman’s Restaurant with a paying adult/s*.
  • Free use of the outdoor pool and pool toys
  • Two Disney channels on the in-room TV
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi for up to four devices when one parent signs up to IHG Rewards Club (free to sign up)
  • VIK discounts
  • Fun photo station with free frisbee
    *Until stocks last
  • Easy parking and complimentary shuttle

Kids must be 12 or under to stay and dine for free.

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Important Rotorua Winter Events

Tough Guy and Gal Challenge

When: 19 & 26 August 2017
Where: Rotorua

If you think you’re pretty tough and want to have the most fun you can have while covered in mud, then this is the event for you. Choose to complete one or two laps of this course for 6km or 12km.

For more information click here.

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Thermatech 3D Multisport Festival

When: 4 June 2017
Where: Rotorua

With lots of new events this year and something for everyone this is a great chance to start winter off with an adrenaline rush. Pick your event, start training and then make a holiday around it.

For more information click here.

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