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Best Rotorua accommodation to stay at in 2021

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Also known as The Sulphur City, you’ll smell Rotorua before you’ve even arrived. With all the thermal activity in the region, no visit would be complete without spending a few days experiencing one of the many geothermal geysers, hot springs and pools this city is famous for – many of which can be enjoyed right at your hotel.

Rotorua is not all about geothermal activity though – tourists flock from all over the world to indulge in cultural and adrenaline-based activities. With the city attracting people from all walks of life, we’ve come up with our top picks of accommodation to cater for budget stays through to luxurious getaways.

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Where are the best places to stay in Rotorua?

Best cheap accommodation in Rotorua

With so many activities in Rotorua to take advantage of, it’s natural that you might want to save a bit on your accommodation. While not as large as other cities in New Zealand, Rotorua comfortably caters for those looking for cheap accommodation with hostels, backpackers and holiday parks providing a bed in a dorm for $30-$60 per night.

Staying in a dorm not only allows you to save your hard-earned cash to spend on things to do, but you can also meet other travellers and have access to cooking facilities. If you’re not so comfortable sharing a room with strangers, our top picks for cheap accommodation in Rotorua also have basic private rooms for under $100 per night.

Our top picks for cheap accommodation in Rotorua: YHA Rotorua, Funky Green Voyager and Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park

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Best luxury accommodation in Rotorua

If you’re looking for luxury in Rotorua, think less about inner-city high-rises and more about elegant suites with attentive hosting in a private location. While it is possible to find a few boutique hotels in the centre of town, Rotorua has a number of luxury lodges that offer the best in services and amenities for you to enjoy.

The lodges that we have chosen for our top picks of luxury accommodation in Rotorua are either set in native forest or with gorgeous lakeside views, just a short drive from the centre of town.

You’ll experience genuine hospitality from your hosts, formal dining with heartfelt cuisine and a range of outdoor activities to experience the natural wonders of the region. This kind of luxury does come at a price though, so you can expect to pay between $700 and $2,500 for a room or suite at one of these fine accommodation options.

Our top picks for luxury accommodation in Rotorua: Lake Okareka Lodge by lebua, Treetops Lodge & Estate and Solitaire Lodge

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Best Rotorua motel accommodation

Motels, also known as motor inns, are common in Rotorua with more than 40 to choose from around the city. This type of accommodation provides a comfortable place to stay and is usually cheaper than a hotel, with prices ranging between $80 and $200 a night. Even though motels do not generally offer the same amenities as a hotel, many Rotorua motels provide thermal pools, spas, playgrounds, BBQ areas and laundries to make your stay more enjoyable.

Depending on the motel, you could have the option to choose between a room, studio or unit with two or three bedrooms. A kitchenette is included so you can prepare your own food, or the motel may offer a cooked or continental breakfast in the room rate or for an extra cost. Another thing about motels is that they have free parking so you don’t need to be concerned about finding a place to leave your car overnight. And you can even find motels in Rotorua that will allow you to bring your furry friend on holiday with you.

Our top picks for Rotorua motel accommodation: Emerald Spa Motor Inn, Rotorua International Motor and Inn and Silver Fern Accommodation & Spa

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Alternate Rotorua accommodation options

Holiday parks and campgrounds are commonly found in Rotorua with options both in and around the city. These provide campsites for you to pitch your tent, powered sites to hook up your campervan or caravan, and cabins or units if camping is a little out of your comfort zone.

If you’re looking for something a little more homely, you can find a room or house to rent on Airbnb and other holiday home booking websites.

Frequently asked questions about Rotorua hotels

Which Rotorua accommodation has spas?

Silver Fern Accommodation & Spa, Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort, Regal Palms Resort, Apex on Fenton and Birchwood Spa Motel all have spas for you to relax in at the end of the day.

Which Rotorua accommodation has thermal pools?

If you’re looking for accommodation that allows you to experience soaking in a thermal pool without leaving the property, check out Sport of Kings Motel, Aura Accommodation, Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park, Terume Hot Spring Resort, Red Rock Thermal Motel and Ambassador Thermal Motel.

Which Accor hotels are in Rotorua?

There are four Accor hotels in Rotorua. Pullman Rotorua, Novotel Rotorua Lakeside and ibis Rotorua are in the central city and Peppers on the Point Rotorua is 3.5 kilometres away.

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