City Scoop: Rotorua

13 December 2015
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Visiting Rotorua for the first time can be overwhelming. With so much to do in a limited stay it can be easy to miss out on some of the best parts.

Fear not though, as we've sourced invaluable insider information from local Takurua Mutu, director at Multi-Day Adventures, on the best experiences around town, covering food, drink and even a secret tip.

 Some of Rotorua's best experiences are found outside


Eat Street – This is the new entertainment area and it’s a symbol of how far Rotorua has come. The restaurants, bars and cafes all have a really fun energy. Try Leonardo’s Pure Italian or have alternative fusion cuisine at tapas-style restaurant Atticus Finch.

After Dark

Brew – On any given night you can head down to this local craft brewery pub to listen to a live band. Ponsonby Rd lounge bar has DJs spinning cool tunes and soulful jazz music.


Kaituna River – Go rafting on the river and see a seven-metre waterfall. Rotorua has some of the best white-water rafting in the world.

 Save a day for seeing the memorable White Island (Image: Getty)

Day Trip

White Island – This is New Zealand’s most active volcano, also called Te Puia o Whakaari. The only way to visit is via the phenomenal Frontier Helicopters experience.

Secret Tip

Insider info – There’s no better place to enjoy getting into the outdoors. You can go mountain biking, fishing, sailing and wake boarding!

Visit your local Flight Centre store or call 131 600 for more advice and the latest deals on travelling to Rotorua.

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