October 15, 2009

Kia Ora,

With the arrival of Spring, now is the ideal time to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy everything Rotorua has to offer. Bring the family for an adventurous weekend encompassing luge rides, mountain biking, jet boat rides and more. Or bring your partner and relax in the healing waters of a natural spa, followed by a sumptuous meal at a luxury lakeside lodge.

To find out more and begin planning your Rotorua visit go to rotoruaNZ.com

What's On?

There is something for everyone in Rotorua over the next few months. Petrol heads can check out the Street Rod Nationals while those wanting a challenge can participate in Ibis Bike the Lake or the international Trout Fishing Tournament. 

For a full list of Rotorua events please visit rotoruaNZ.com/events

NZ Senior Motocross Nationals

Sunday October 18, 2009

Rotorua Motorcycle club are proud to host the 2nd Round of the NZ Senior Motocross Championship for 2009. Top riders from all over NZ will compete... More info

New Zealand Street Rod Nationals 2009

Sunday November 8, 2009

The Sulphur City Rod and Custom Club are hosting the 2009 Street Rod Nationals in Rotorua this year. We are expecting over 200 of New Zealand\'s... More info

Ibis Bike the Lake

Sunday November 8, 2009

Join 2000 other cyclists for our sixth anniversary and be a part of this fantastic event. The Hotel ibis Rotorua Bike the Lake is a scenic, yet... More info

Tour de Lake Front 2009

Saturday November 14, 2009

Tour de Lake Front has been an annual children's biking event since it started in 2004. The event features a cycle course for children 5 to 12 years... More info

42nd International Trout Fishing Tournament

Friday November 20, 2009 - Sunday November 22, 2009

A fun family oriented weekend tournament with over $15000 worth of prizes to be won. The 2009 Tournament is a TWO day Tournament (not three days as... More info

Glen Campbell

Saturday November 21, 2009

Glen Campbell live in concert accompanied by feature vocalist of twenty years, daughter Debby and his band performing a magical mix of pure country,... More info


What's Hot?

5 Star Family Special

Adrenaline Rush

Live life on the edge? Stay one night at Distinction Hotel + choose 2 thrill rides at Agroventures!
View detail..NZD $220.00
2 adults twin share

Family adventure

Escape and Rejuvenation

Enjoy one night incl breakfast at Rydges Hotel plus 1 hour massage and spa use at Wai Ora Day Spa
View detail..NZD $199.00
per person, twin share

Rotorua Family Escape

Stay + Luge Family Deal

Treat the family in Rotorua. Staying 1 night at Sudima Hotel + breakfast + gondola & luge rides.
View detail..NZD $230.00
Family - 2 adults and 2 children

To view more deals visit rotoruaNZ.com/hotdeals

What's New?

Rotorua goes trans-tasman

Air New Zealand have announced that they will commence a twice weekly trans tasman service between Sydney and Rotorua from 12 December utilising a 152-seat Airbus A320 aircraft.


Most beautiful city

Rotorua has been judged New Zealand's most beautiful city for the fifth time in the past 10 years. The award is for a city with a population greater than 20,000 with Rotorua up against the likes of Christchurch and Napier. Mayor Kevin Winters says winning the award five times in the past decade proves what locals already knew - that Rotorua has a stunningly beautiful environment. “Four previous wins was already an outstanding achievement, but taking out the award a record fifth time is incredible news for the city.”


Lakes Open!

Finally the long awaited day has come that sees anglers getting back onto lakes, rivers and streams which have been closed to fishing (apart from some lakes winter shoreline angling) for 3 months. Here are some tips for being successful on the lakes in the new season:

  • Be early. The ramps will be busy, expect delays and be courteous
  • Troll shallow early, then move deeper later in the morning when things get busy
  • Try jigging, and glow bugging at lunch and when at rest
  • Keep changing lures, some colours will be catching better then others.
  • Experiment with different depths throughout the day
  • Mark successful locations as they will often produce fish repeatedly
  • Check the weather and find a sheltered location if you intend to fish throughout the day
  • Enjoy yourself, it suppose to be fun!

For more information & to purchase fishing licenses please visit fishandgame.org.nz

Sailing into summer

Kawarau Jet is about to take to the air this summer. Based on the shores of scenic Lake Rotorua, K-jet currently offer a range of jet boat experiences and are now looking to launch a parasailing option. The new boat has been purchased and they’re hopeful of this new addition being available at the end of November.

New ultimate ride sure to thrill

Skyline Skyrides have now launched Rotorua’s Ultimate Ride. Consisting of a full day pass including one gondola ride, one helicopter flight (approx. eight minute duration), one Skyswing ride, unlimited luge rides on the day and one buffet lunch at Skyline’s Cableway Restaurant. Valued at more than $300 retail value, the package is being launched at $249 per person. Customers are initially able to purchase the pass from various outlets including the Rotorua i-SITE and Skyline Skyrides.

Duck tours now include third lake

The amazing WWII amphibious landing crafts known as Ducks will now visit stunning Lake Tarawera on a two-hour lake extravaganza.

Rotorua’s rich history unfolds on this tour through Rotorua’s lakes region. The scenery, the history and the Duck make this trip a must-do activity, combining fun, learning and new experiences.


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