Rotura is a place of incredible natural beauty, with its idyllic forests interspersed with picturesque streams and waterways it is an outdoor-lovers dream. The town is also famous for its geothermal phenomena, with mud pools and natural hot springs perfect for bathing and relaxing in. The town itself also offers plenty of fashionable places to hang out, as well as plenty of cultural attractions that are unique to the region.
Despite being a relatively small town, Rotorua has a great selection of places to stay. Of particular note, are the serviced apartments available in the area - ranging from luxury apartments to functional corporate housing. The Squa.re offer a range of such properties, each having been selected for its high quality of interior furnishing, range of mod-cons and desirability of location. If you are planning an extended stay in Rotorua, then serviced apartments offer a home-from-home whilst still offering many of the benefits of traditional accommodation, such as room cleaning and reception services.
Rotorua is a diverse and vibrant town that hides numerous attractions and curiosities - which have seen it emerge as an increasingly popular destination for tourists. Visitors are sure to be impressed by the range of social and cultural activities that can be had in the centre, as well as in the surrounding countryside.
Rotorua is particularly popular with those who enjoy the outdoors. The town is surrounded by hiking trails and cycling routes through its expansive woodland and areas of natural beauty, making it an ideal place for some off-road exploring. There’s also hot spas and geological wonders to explore - which draw visitors from all over the world.
But you don’t have to travel out of Rotorua to have a good time - the town is full of cafes, bars and restaurants, all of which share its welcoming atmosphere. Combined with a thriving live music and local arts scene, it’s a great place to enjoy an evening out. Whatever your reasons for visiting, you’re sure to find Rotorua offers an unforgettable experience.
Rotorua offers some of the best dining experiences anywhere in the country. Atticus Finch on Tutanekai Street is an upmarket bistro with outdoor seating which is popular with locals, as is Stratosfare Restaurant. Japanese cuisine is also extremely popular, with some of the best offerings being And Rice Japanese Kitchen, and Mokoia Restaurant on Robinson Avenue.
Rotorua Central Mall is definitely the best place to head to if you are looking for a little retail therapy. It offers a huge variety of stores including dining, homewares, electronics, fashion and more. Alternatively, Te Ngae Shopping Centre outside the town centre is a great place to pick up bargains, as well as hosting plenty of places to eat and drink.
There’s certainly no shortage of things to do in Rotorua - outdoor lovers will certainly want to check out the sulfurous lake that lends the town its name, offering fishing, kayaking and swimming. First time visitors will also want to pay a visit to the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, to explore the indigenous culture of the country. Similarly, Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village is great family fun.
Rotorua is connected to most other cities on the north island via a system of buses and shuttle services. There is also a comprehensive bus service that covers all the popular areas of the town itself, and surrounding attractions. Those looking to travel around wider New Zealand also have the option of domestic air travel, or renting a vehicle for themselves.
Rotorua is one of New Zealand’s most diverse economies and, thanks to cheaper industrial rates than much of the country, it is a city that is on the up. The mainstays of local industry includes forestry and wood processing, tourism, geothermal, agribusiness, education, health, manufacturing and social services. There has also been much investment in the city’s infrastructure in recent years - which will no doubt see it continue to grow economically.
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