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What can you do in Rotorua over the weekend?
Get to know the local history and culture when you book return flights to Rotorua by spending time at the Rotorua Museum. The museum is located inside a beautiful Tudor-style building called the Old Bath House. It’s surrounded by the scenic Government Gardens where you could join onto a free guided tour at 11am or 2pm each day. Inside, the museum exhibits tell the story of Rotorua. Learn about local Maori culture, the social history of Rotorua, and of course the area’s famous geothermal activity.
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Visit Wai-O-Tapu when you book cheap flights to Rotorua to witness the area’s impressive geothermal activity up close. There are several walking tracks throughout Wai-O-Tapu that vary between 45 minutes and 90 minutes in length. Along each track, visitors holidaying on flights to Rotorua will see volcanic craters, steaming grounds, bubbling mud, and otherworldly landscapes. Some of the main attractions to see in Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland include Champagne Pool and Lady Knox geyser which erupts every morning.
Hells Gate Geothermal Park
Hells Gate is another popular spot to take in the region’s geothermal activity while holidaying on flights to Rotorua. Visitors will see bubbling pools of mud and Kakahi Falls – the hottest waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere. Another draw to Hells Gate is its hot pools and their Maori significance. In the past, Maori warriors used the nutrient-rich water and mud of the geothermal pools to heal wounds and scars from battle. Today, Hells Gate has spa facilities where visitors can enjoy a soak in the relaxing hot pools.
What should I know before visiting Rotorua?
Rotorua has a higher Maori population than any other NZ city
More than a third of Rotorua residents are of Maori descent, which is more than any other city across New Zealand. This means there’s an immense amount of Maori culture and heritage to take in when you book airfare to Rotorua. The city is home to more than 35 Maraes, and there are many different Maori attractions to visit, including Te Wairoa, Te Puia, and Whakarewarewa.
Rotorua is nicknamed “Sulphur City”
As soon as you reach the city centre after arriving on flights to Rotorua, you’ll be greeted by a distinct odour. There’s a sulphuric smell around the city, similar to boiled eggs. This is caused by the sheer amount of geothermal activity around the Rotorua area. The smell may seem strong when you first arrive on cheap flights to Rotorua, but don’t worry – most visitors adapt to the sulphur aroma quickly.
There are 17 lakes around Rotorua
These lakes are referred to as the Lakes of Rotorua and are dotted all around the outskirts of the city. This means there are plenty of water sports on offer, especially if you book return flights to Rotorua in the summer. Some of the best lakes to discover around the Rotorua Lakes District are Lake Rotorua, Lake Tarawera, and Lake Tikitapu, also known as the Blue Lake.
What is the cost of visiting Rotorua?
Continue using Webjet to save on other aspects of your trip after you’ve booked airfare to Rotorua. Webjet has a selection of Rotorua hotels, with many falling between the $150 to $200 NZD per night range. You could also book a rental car with Webjet after booking tickets to Rotorua. Rental cars start from about $70 NZD per day and can be picked up as soon as you arrive into Rotorua Airport (ROT).
There are also public buses to catch around Rotorua if you won’t be renting a car during your trip. Make your way from Rotorua Airport (ROT) into the CBD on the number 10 bus. Fare for this bus and the other Rotorua buses costs $2.80 NZD.
Booking your hotel and cheap flights to Rotorua with Webjet could help you save money, and that means more funds to put toward activities. Waimangu Volcanic Valley is a must-see attraction for visitors holidaying on flights to Rotorua. Entry costs $42 NZD for adults and $14 NZD for children. Alternatively, you could bundle entry with a scenic boat cruise at $85 NZD for adults and $28 NZD for kids. Plan a visit to Te Wairoa to learn about local Maori culture when you book tickets to Rotorua. Tickets cost $35 NZD for adults and $5 NZD for children. Finally, Hells Gate Geothermal Park is one of the top places to see geothermal activity first-hand when you book return flights to Rotorua. Entry to the Geothermal Walk costs $39 NZD for adults and $19.50 NZD for kids. Set aside $25 NZD for adults and $12.50 NZD for children if you’d like to check out Hells Gate’s sulphur spas.