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Top-rated holiday rentals in Rotorua

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Guesthouse in Hamurana
The Cabin - Fantail Grove, Hamurana, Rotorua.
The Cabin is located at Hamurana, in a 2 acre garden setting 350m from Lake Rotorua. Located 120 m from the owners house and is completely private. All around are Sugar Maples with ferns and native plants underneath which attract the fantails. Purpose built and architecturally designed in 2019 as a holiday retreat using passive home guidelines. The cabin is a 15 minute drive from Rotorua CBD, close to all tourist attractions while allowing you the peace and quiet of a luxury retreat.
18 – 25 Aug
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Cottage in Rotorua
Wildberry Cottage -secluded modern farm retreat
Purpose-built in August 2020, this modern Scandinavian-inspired cottage combines warmth, comfort and coziness with a stunning rural setting. Set on 8.5 acres of rolling farmland with large mature trees for privacy. With only a few friendly sheep as neighbours, this is your chance to unwind and relax and enjoy the seclusion. This is the ultimate getaway for couples. The spacious deck give you views overlooking the surrounding farm - which you can stroll around and feed the animals.
7 – 14 Oct
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Apartment in Okere Falls
Tranquil Couples Retreat Rotorua- Okere Falls.
This architecturally designed bach enjoys a private sunny aspect, with stunning views across Lake Rotoiti. It is located in a quiet street surrounded by trees. Features include: full sun, north facing deck with BBQ and views of the lake, double glazing, heat pump, wood fire, full kitchen with dishwasher, large oven, gas hobs and microwave. Bring your boat and leave at jetty at the end of road for trout fishing, trips to the lake-side hot mineral pools and exploring the lake.
7 – 14 July

Popular amenities for Rotorua holiday rentals

Stay near Rotorua's top sights

Redwoods Treewalk150 locals recommend
Polynesian Spa131 locals recommend
Redwoods – Whakarewarewa Forest117 locals recommend
Kuirau Park59 locals recommend
Skyline Rotorua198 locals recommend
Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park4 locals recommend

Other great holiday rentals in Rotorua

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Farm stay in Okoroire
Teal Corner Cabin Reconnect with nature and relax
24 – 31 Jan
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Guesthouse in Okere Falls
Contemporary Pod @ Okere Falls / Lake Rotoiti
14 – 21 Aug
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Apartment in Rotorua
Grandviews Apartment, Rotorua
24 June – 1 July
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Pohutu Studio, Rotorua
11 – 18 Aug
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The Summer House
24 – 31 July
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Farm stay in Karapiro
The Rocks - 2022 Host awards finalist.
3 – 10 Jan
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Home in Rotorua
Gemini Quality lakeside accommodation Whole House
1 – 8 June
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Treehouse in Rotorua
29 Apr – 6 May
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Tiny home in Rotorua
Links Loft
1 – 8 July
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Cottage in Ngakuru
Peaceful Country Retreat - 10 mins to hot pools
19 – 26 July
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Lake Views
9 – 16 May
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Guest suite in Rotorua
Parawai Bay Lakeside Retreat
24 Nov – 1 Dec

Quick stats about holiday rentals in Rotorua

Total rentals

1.2K properties

Rentals with a pool

80 properties have a pool

Pet-friendly rentals

150 properties allow pets

Family-friendly rentals

760 properties are a good fit for families

Total number of reviews

91K reviews

Nightly prices starting at

$15 AUD before taxes and fees

Your guide to Rotorua

All About Rotorua

Located within the Pacific Rim of Fire on New Zealand’s North Island, the city of Rotorua is famous as one of the most active geothermal fields in the world. People come here to bathe in piping-hot waters surrounded by eerie steam, take relaxing soaks in natural lakeside pools, stand under hot waterfalls, and float blissfully along warm streams. In addition, Rotorua’s Māori community has worked for more than a century to ensure the survival of its cultural heritage and make Māori traditions central to the life of the town. In the region’s Māori villages, you’ll be able to learn more about traditional song, dance, crafts, and food.

Rotorua is surrounded by dense forests — check out the towering redwoods at Whakarewarewa Forest — and 18 sparkling lakes, which are popular with swimmers and water-sports enthusiasts. You can also go white-water rafting on the nearby Kaituna River. Though Rotorua is surrounded by spectacular nature, there’s plenty to do in the city itself, where you’ll find museums and galleries, restaurants and bars, and a night market featuring street food and arts and crafts. The town is also less than an hour’s drive from the pale beaches of Tauranga and the clear waters of Lake Taupō, New Zealand’s largest lake.

The best time to stay in a holiday rental in Rotorua

With warm days and long hours of daylight, summer is a great time to enjoy a stay at a Rotorua holiday rental. The region also experiences significant rainfall from December to February, so pack a jacket with your sunscreen. On New Year’s Eve, the GLO Festival fills the village green with live music and a fireworks display to ring in the new year. Spring is a pleasant time to visit — you can expect mostly mild days as flowers begin to bloom, from bluebells to fruit tree blossoms. The Art in the Park Festival has taken place each February for more than 20 years and offers the chance to see and buy the work of local artists while enjoying live music, all-ages entertainment, and food stalls.

Winter visitors will find cold temperatures and only a few hours of sunlight. While the conditions aren’t ideal for outdoor activities, this is the perfect time to warm up in one of the many natural hot pools and springs around the city.

Top things to do in Rotorua

New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute

Created as a place to preserve and promote traditional Māori culture, art, and practices, the Māori Arts and Crafts Institute holds an impressive collection of pieces from all over New Zealand that have ties to the Māori peoples. Students and visitors alike come here to learn the history of crafts as well as the skills needed to create art in the traditional style, including carving and weaving.

Redwood Tree Walk

Head to Whakarewarewa Forest, where you can climb into the canopy and walk 700 metres along a series of suspension bridges through century-old redwoods. There are platforms where you can stop to enjoy amazing views of the forest, and you’ll also get to see New Zealand’s iconic silver fern — the emblem of the country. A nighttime visit is a truly magical experience, when the forest is lit up by lanterns.

Skyline Rotorua

Climb the hill behind the city to Skyline Rotorua and board a gondola up the mountain, where you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of Rotorua and its lakes. At the top, you can explore nature trails, have a go at ziplining, or enjoy a local syrah over lunch while you take in the views. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can make the journey back down in a luge cart, which winds down a track on the side of the mountain.

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