Rotorua is the tourism mecca of the North Island, popular with both domestic and international travellers due to it’s abundant geothermal activity and attractions. Let us find you the perfect hotel for your stay!
Welcome to Rotorua Hotels, your ultimate guide to finding the perfect hotel in Rotorua. Rotorua is a popular tourist destination, known for its geothermal activity, Maori culture, and scenic beauty. Whether you’re visiting for business or leisure, there is a wide range of hotel options to suit your needs. From budget-friendly options to luxurious accommodations, we have it all. Our mission is to provide you with up-to-date information on the best hotels in Rotorua, making it easy for you to compare and find the perfect hotel to fit your budget and travel needs. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or just a peaceful escape, we have everything you need to plan your next trip to Rotorua. With our extensive knowledge of the area and its hotels, we can help you find the perfect place to stay. So what are you waiting for? Start exploring Rotorua Hotels today and find the perfect accommodation for your next trip!
Hotels in Rotorua
A premier luxury lodge on the shores of Lake Tarawera. Each of the nine 5 star suites have magical panoramic lake views. The modern New Zealand cuisine and wine matches are superb and the service is friendly and professional.
The ultimate relaxed luxury, with large clean rooms and plenty to do, including kayaking, fishing, biking and a private 15 minute boat ride to the Tarawera Thermal Springs where you can soak, and hike to the falls if you wish.
Peppers On The Point Lake Rotorua
Peppers On The Point is a luxury hotel in Rotorua built in a 1930’s mansion on the edge of Lake Rotorua with stunning lake views. All of the suites are spacious and clean with underfloor heating and spa baths. Villas include a kitchen and a dining area. The gourmet meals are outstanding!
This hotel is known for it’s excellent, welcoming service and genuinely friendly atmosphere. It retains it’s 1930’s character with wooden furniture, crystal chandeliers and antiques. There is also a fitness centre and tennis court for guests.
Treetops Lodge & Estate
Treetops Lodge is one of the best Hotels in Rotorua, set in a private native forest. It is one of the top luxury Lodges in the North Island so everything is 5 star. The luxurious suites and villas each have a spa bath. There are outdoor mineral hot tubs surrounded by ferns, a dreamy experience. The service is wonderful, as are the gourmet meals created from local game and produce. Other facilities include spa treatments, games room, library and bar.
Other activities offered include hunting, fishing, forest hikes (one with a waterfall, and a night one with glow worms), and mountain biking.
Pullman Rotorua is located in the city, minutes walk from the lakefront and eateries. The rooms are clean and comfortable and the service is friendly and professional. It has valet parking, a gym, restaurant, bar and meeting rooms. There is no pool, but it is within easy walking distance to the Polynesian Pools. Better suited for a business stay than for bringing the family. This is the only large 5 star hotel in Rotorua.
Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel
A glamorous boutique hotel on the edge of Lake Rotorua, with tranquil lake, pool and rose garden views. The outdoor swimming pool is solar heated and there is also a hot tub, sauna, croquet, petanque and free Wifi. The hotel has its own helipad so indulge in a scenic tour over the local volcanoes and thermal parks!
All of the luxurious rooms have their own fireplace, coffee machine, TV and awesome showers, and come with a free a la carte breakfast. The service here is excellent and it has wonderful reviews from travellers. Only five minutes drive from the city centre. This is a wonderful 5 star hotel in Rotorua.
Prince’s Gate Hotel
Prince’s Gate Hotel in Rotorua is a beautiful vintage style, luxury hotel in a historical building that dates back to 1897. It is in the centre of Rotorua, near the lakefront and adjacent to the Polynesian Spa and Government Gardens. It’s an excellent location for tourists. The staff are friendly and helpful, and the large lounge is warm and inviting with open fires. There is a restaurant and bar, and high tea is also available. Relax in the three thermally heated pools and sauna after your day out.
Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel
The Regent has beautiful modern decor, is very clean and comfortable, and is only a five minute walk to local shops and eateries. There is a heated outdoor pool with loungers and an indoor mineral pool. The food in the restaurant is very highly rated.
Staff here are very friendly and helpful. Enjoy the unlimited free Wifi and fitness centre. Each room has designer furniture, luxury linen and a monsoon rain shower! This is a superb boutique hotel in Rotorua.
Regal Palms Resort
Regal Palms Resort is one of the best value for money hotels in Rotorua. It is in a great location and has an outdoor heated pool, BBQ area, tennis court, 9-hole mini golf, playground, table tennis, day spa and fitness centre. All rooms have cooking facilities, hot tub, satellite TV, heating/aircon, microwave and fridge.
There is a golf course nearby, and it is also handy to the mountain biking trails in Whakarewarewa Forest. Regal Palms has glowing reviews and amazing service!
Rydges Rotorua (formerly the Holiday Inn) overlooks the famous Whakarewarewa Geothermal Reserve and historical village and is also handy to the Redwoods Forest with it’s network of walks and mountain bike trails. It has a geothermically heated swimming pool and two hot tubs. There are facilities available for mountain bike storage and washing.
The buffet breakfast here is amazing value. We always take our family here for the breakfast when staying in town. It has become a tradition for our kids! Kids under 12 stay and eat free, and are catered for with two kids channels on TV, and a new games room that is open on weekends and school holidays. This is my favourite hotel in Rotorua.
Distinction Hotel Rotorua
Distinction Hotel Rotorua is located close to Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and handy to the network of mountain bike trails in the forest for the active family. They have a secure bike storage room and wash down facilities and a large map of the bike trails available to plan your outings. Come back and relax in the heated outdoor pool, or spa pools in a little grotto.
The rooms here are comfortable and roomy and there’s a sensational buffet breakfast with loads of variety to start your day. Arikikapakapa golf course is next door and it’s a five minute drive to the city centre and Lake Rotorua.
Jet Park Hotel Rotorua
Jet Park Hotel Rotorua is in a handy location, five minutes walk from the city centre. They have complimentary buffet breakfast with great variety and a play area for children. It is excellent value for money and the staff are warm and welcoming. The pool is only heated to a slightly warm 24 degrees, so better suited to warmer months or hardy swimmers. They even have some pet friendly rooms set up with beds and treats for your family pooch. This is an excellent choice for a family hotel in Rotorua.
Copthorne Hotel Rotorua
The Copthorne Hotel is in a nice quiet location, five minutes drive to the city centre and Lake Rotorua and close to the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and famous Pohutu Geyser. The pool and spas are great for entertaining the kids, and it’s five minutes walk to the Rotorua Golf Club.
The rooms are clean and well sized, and everyone raves about the comfortable beds! Staff are friendly and personable. There is free Wifi, free parking and a cooked or continental breakfast.
Arawa Park Hotel Rotorua
Arawa Park Hotel (formerly Rydges) is located next to the racecourse with views over the city. It is a few minutes walk to the shopping area and Lake Rotorua. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, and there is free Wifi and parking. Kids under 12 dine free in a beautiful courtyard restaurant, and there is a buffet breakfast with a good selection available.
Deluxe rooms have a spa bath and private balcony. There is no pool anymore so is excellent value if you’re out a lot and just need somewhere to sleep.
Apollo Hotel Rotorua
Apollo is an apartment-style hotel in Rotorua, located close to many tourist attractions and shops, with enough space to be comfortable for a family stay. The staff are pleasant and helpful and there is plenty of close car parking available. The pool is not heated, so probably best for a summer stay, but there is a spa available as well for winter. There is also a laundry available for guests, which is always handy when travelling with kids!
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside is a great family hotel in Rotorua. It’s located right next to the lake in the centre of town. This is the prime spot to stay in Rotorua, next to Eat Street and the lakefront. Novotel has an excellent pool which kids will love. They also do a great buffet breakfast which is a firm favourite with my kids.
Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua
A good pool is essential if you’re travelling with kids, so Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua is a firm favourite with families. The hotel is close to town, it’s walking distance from the waterfront. There are plenty of family rooms, and an excellent restaurant with a breakfast buffet. There’s also a Maori cultural show!
ibis Rotorua is an excellent hotel in Rotorua. It’s next to Novotel on the lakefront in the heart of town, so the location is superb. It’s a little cheaper than the Novotel too, which is great for those on a budget. There’s a restaurant that has a breakfast buffet.
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Millennium Hotel Rotorua is a large 4 star, it’s one of Rotorua’s best hotels. It also has one of Rotorua’s best hotel pools. Millennium is well located near the Polynesian Spa and the Government Gardens. It’s an easy walk to most of downtown and the lakefront.
Regent of Rotorua
Regent of Rotorua has a lovely pool, and they have two bedroom family suites. Because of this it is a popular family hotel in Rotorua. There’s a mountain bike cleaning area for families who bike together. The waterfront is a short walk away. This is an excellent choice for families with older kids.
Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort
A nice quiet romantic getaway spot on the Rotorua lakefront, but still close enough to the major attractions. Couples can enjoy the day spa, hot pools, steam room and outdoor pool in warmer months.
The staff here are fantastic. We recommend wandering the lakefront and watching the sunsets. Reviews suggest the restaurant is now Asian cuisine, rather than what is currently advertised on their website, but most have enjoyed the meals. It’s an excellent affordable romantic hotel in Rotorua.
Treat yourselves to some time away at romantic Hamurana Lodge. It is in a peaceful and quiet location with 15 acres of landscaped gardens to relax in. It is 15 minutes drive from the city so better suited to getting away from the hustle and bustle. There are views over Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island, an outdoor swimming pool, bar, guest lounges and pool table.
The staff at Hamurana Lodge are friendly and accommodating, the rooms are spacious and warm, and continental breakfast is included. This is a great hotel for couples in Rotorua.
VR Rotorua Lake Resort
VR Rotorua Lake Resort is perfect for a romantic getaway or a honeymoon in Rotorua. The property is six acres of land situated on the shores of Lake Rotoiti and the rooms have views over the lake or gardens. It is only 15 minutes drive from Rotorua city centre. They have bikes to rent if you enjoy exploring slowly, and a private boat to take you out fishing or for trips to the Manapouri Hot Pools. Free transfers are available to and from Rotorua Airport, or there is free private parking.
The hotel has an outdoor pool and two hot tubs, a sauna and a tennis court. The Grill Restaurant serves breakfast and dinner, and you can sit in front of the lounge fireplace for pre-dinner drinks on cooler nights. VR is perfect for couples looking for a secluded romantic hotel near Rotorua.
The smell in Rotorua is caused by the sulfur gases emitted by the geothermal activity in the area. The sulfur is naturally occurring and is a result of the geothermal activity, which includes hot springs, geysers, and mud pools. The gases mix with the air and create the distinctive sulfurous odor that is often associated with Rotorua.
The best hotel overall is Rydges Rotorua (formerly Holiday Inn Rotorua) it is a high standard 4 star hotel. It has a great heated pool, and the location is also excellent, it’s close to Redwoods and Whakarewarewa, rather than in the CBD.