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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Beach
“Hike up our iconic mountain Mauao and enjoy the scenic views from the top, or take the base track for a easier stroll.”
  • 173 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“The Bayfair Mall has recently been refurbished [2019], and is packed with a great selection of delicious eatery’s.”
  • 68 locals recommend
Trail
“I love doing the treewalk at night time, the forest is lit up by incredible lights!”
  • 64 locals recommend
Pedestrian Plaza
“Dont know what to eat and where. Eat Streat is a pedestrian only covered collection of rotorua dining establishments. From ice creams to fine dining is catered for”
  • 59 locals recommend
Pool
“Very popular hot pools located at the base of Mauoa. Perfect on a chilly day/night. A local favourite and open till 10pm daily.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great bar for groups of all sizes. Cool buzz once it really gets going about 10pm, lots of live music over the Christmas break.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Café
“Great food and heaps of it. (smorgamboard)You travel up by gondola to the restaurant. On your way up you will get a panoramic view of Rotorua and its lake. You can even see your host's house. There is a host of activities that are too many to mention here”
  • 63 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Enjoy a short hike along the Waikato river to the Huka falls or hire a bike from the local Huka Cycles. ”
  • 52 locals recommend
Hot Spring
“Ranked in the top 10 spas in the world in the natural, medical and thermal category in 2004-2007 and again in 2009 this spa is centrally located and easy to find. There are pools for the kids, adults and the whole family including private pools with amazing views overlooking Rotoruas great lake. Adults can try out the fabled ‘Priest Pool’ which is believed to have curative properties to ease your aches and pains. If you don’t believe so much in the fabled properties of the water, then try the amazing spa therapies on offer sure to have you feeling great in no time!”
  • 47 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Donation only to see artifacts and pieces of art from national and local artists. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Café
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“Nice ambience and excellent food. Specialises in sharing platters and they are divine! Apart from platters they also have a good variety of other dishes. Bookings are usually essential if you want to avoid waiting. It's a popular place. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Certainly worth the effort to climb this beauty. If you're fit then a 20 to 30 minute hike to the top...but why rush! Not good for those with knee issues as lots of stairs. A walk around the Mount is also a great experience. I prefer to go clockwise so you're facing the beach side on completion....lots of cafes along the beach front along with public toilets and water stations. An easy 45 minute amble. Just 3.5 km around the base of the Mount.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Beer Bar
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“Craft beer or cider paddles. Great dumplings. A very popular bar just 5 km from your accommodation.”
  • 41 locals recommend
River
“It's amazing to see the volume of water feeding New Zealand's largest river, the mighty Waikato. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Cinema
“You can walk there! Massive chain theatre, they have four theatres and up-to-date releases.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Place to shop
“Domain Road approx 7km. Two large Supermarkets (Countdown or Pak n Save), Banks and ATMs, variety store, Food Hall, tavern (Papamoa Tavern), Petrol Stations (“Z” full service) and Pak n Save (discount if you shop), plus a range of stores to meet daily needs.”
  • 23 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Great bar for groups of all sizes. Cool buzz once it really gets going about 10pm, lots of live music over the Christmas break.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Café
“Great food and heaps of it. (smorgamboard)You travel up by gondola to the restaurant. On your way up you will get a panoramic view of Rotorua and its lake. You can even see your host's house. There is a host of activities that are too many to mention here”
  • 63 locals recommend
Café
“Nice ambience and excellent food. Specialises in sharing platters and they are divine! Apart from platters they also have a good variety of other dishes. Bookings are usually essential if you want to avoid waiting. It's a popular place. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Beer Bar
“Craft beer or cider paddles. Great dumplings. A very popular bar just 5 km from your accommodation.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Bar
“A very popular bar/restaurant located on the main street. Great food and wonderful service. Bookings recommended during the busy season.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“We love this spot for Taupo's best fine dinning experience. It usually has a great deal on a three course meal. The courses are not huge and over all its good value for money. We find its smart/casual so not too over the top.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Stunning food, great service and a wonderful outdoor patio area for summer, or couches in front of the fire for winter. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The best restaurant in town, with tapas-style sharing plates. A great place to go if it's a special night or you feel like spoiling yourselves. Best to book!”
  • 27 locals recommend

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