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8 Of The Best Hotels In Rotorua

By Alice Rich
27th Apr 2023

The stunning pool at the Rotorua Novotel

Steeped in cultural history, packed with adventure-from mountain biking in The Redwoods to defying gravity on the Freefall Xtreme, plus being spoiled for choice when it comes to relaxation, Rotorua is one of the most unique places to visit in Aotearoa.

You’d be hard-pressed to squeeze all the gems into a day trip so we’d recommend spending at least a weekend in the adventure capital of Te Ika A Maui. And after a whirlwind day of adventure or ultimate relaxation, you’ll need some sweet digs to spend the night at so we’ve rounded up some of the best hotels in Rotorua. You're welcome.

Novotel Rotorua Lakeside

Tutanekai StreetA white bed in a hotel room with great views of greenery and Lake Rotorua.

If you’re staying in Rotorua, chances are soaking in hot pools is high up on your list. Fortunately, Novotel Rotorua Lakeside (main article image and above) has its very own geothermal spa and hot pools, as well as being a short walk to the Polynesian spa too. You’ll also be treated to a nightly Māori cultural performance and traditional Hangi buffet—an essential part of any trip to Rotorua. 

Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel 

Kawaha Point Road

A black mansion with large pool, lawn and hanging egg chair against a stunning blue and purple sky.

If your idea of luxury is more bachelor mansion than hotel vibes, Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel might just be a bit of you. Each room comes with a fireplace, monsoon rain shower, espresso coffee machine and flat-screen TV with views of the lake, pool or rose garden.

Go for a plunge in the solar-heated swimming pool, or relax in the sauna, whenever it takes your fancy. Heck, you can even live out your Queen of Hearts fantasy and play croquet. Not to mention, the tour desk can arrange a helicopter trip for you to see Rotorua from the air. *Swoon*

Pullman Rotorua

Arawa St A fancy hotel room with a sleek stone bath, with stylish wooden tray for holding your wine, in the centre.

For the ultimate luxury stay, head to Pullman Rotorua. Located 500m from Tamaki Māori Village and less than 1km from the famed Polynesian Spa, some of Rotorua's finest sites are within walking distance of this top-class hotel. As a bonus, you’ll enjoy a buffet breakfast, free parking and access to a fitness centre, restaurant and bar. Did someone say boujee AF?

Prince’s Gate Hotel 

Arawa St

A swish, historic foyer of a hotel with stunning chandelier.

Speaking of boujee, the Prince’s Gate Hotel is a historical, boutique-style hotel in the heart of Rotorua and dates back to 1897. With classical décor, three thermally-heated pools to melt your stress away and daily High Tea indulgence, there’s no doubt this is one of the best hotels in Rotorua. 

Peppers On The Point Lake Rotorua

Kawaha Point RoadA close up of a velvet classic couch, with detailed chairs, a table and artwork of a woman carrying her baby in a sling in the background.

For heritage chic Peppers On The Point Lake Rotorua is a solid Rotorua hotel choice. Enjoy spectacular views of Mokoia Island and bliss out with the range of indulgent treatments available at the day spa. Each room has its own underfloor heating, spa bath and shower with massage jets. Dreamy. 

Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel

Pukaki StreetA swish breakfast table set up at the Regent Hotel in Rotorua.

It’s all about the good life at Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel. Check in here to enjoy a heated outdoor pool—with plenty of loungers for sunbathing—an indoor mineral pool, designer furniture, luxury linen and an on-site restaurant serving contemporary Pacific fusion. There’s also a mountain bike cleaning and secure storage area, toiletries by Natural Earth and a monsoon rain shower in every bathroom. Bliss. 

Rydges Rotorua

Tryon Street

Hotel room at Rydges Rotorua, with a queen sized bed, desk and TV with views of the thermal valley out the window.

If you’re partial to a bit of luxury after a hard day’s slog on the mountain biking trails you’ll love to kick back at Rydges Rotorua. There’s a purpose-built mountain bike and adventure equipment wash and storage facility, a geothermally heated swimming pool, a gym and even a play zone for the kids.

If you’re feeling peckish head to the award-winning Chapman’s Restaurant and Bar and live it up at the buffet. And to top it all off, the beautiful Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley is right next door for you to explore. How good.

Oakridge Glamping 

Ngongotaha Luxe beanbag chairs sit around a wooden table topped with an elegant cheeseboard and champagne at Oakridge Glamping in Rotorua.

If glamping is more your thing, look no further than Oakridge. Located just ten minutes outside the city, you get all the uniqueness of luxury glamping and easy access to Rotorua’s best sites and activities.

Toast s’mores over the fire, take an evening soak by candlelight in the outdoor bath and curl up in your spacious tent at night. Your stay includes free private parking and a garden to wander. Ace.

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Image credit: Booking.com. 

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