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- Private room
Great location, quiet, safe neighbourhood, bird song. The house is 5 minutes' drive from the beautiful Redwoods Forest, Te Puia and the town centre (8 minutes). It is on a main bus route (bus stop 200m). A Twin room is also available for larger groups (see my other listing, 8781937. Tea/Coffee is available and you are welcome to use the kitchen to make breakfast and eat pre-prepared meals in the evening. A kettle, toaster and microwave are available.
- Private room
Bem vindos and welcome to our home where we also live. We do Airbnb for one room suitable for couples or a single, not the whole house. Our home is centrally located and very close to many of Rotorua’s attractions including the Gondala and Luge, Paradise Valley, CBD, Rainbow Springs, and many more. We also have a beautiful back deck and area for relaxation. Our home has free off street parking available for your convenience.
- Entire home
Welcome to The Palm Retreat! Thoughtfully designed and decorated throughout, this cosy Rotorua escape offers a refreshing take on the suburban holiday home. Its carefully cultivated furnishings create a calming and contemporary space to call home. There is brilliant styling in every room (even the lavatory) with complementary colours and modern furnishings. This is just the ticket when you need a home away from home at the end of a busy day exploring all the natural beauty this area has to offer. Your stay will be filled with the comforts of home, including WiFi, two inviting bedrooms, a Smart TV with Freeview, SKY TV and Netflix, a heat pump to ensure comfort no matter the time of year, and a fabulous kitchen furnished with all the mod-cons. Relax with your family or group in the lounge and kitchen area that opens out onto the spacious, fully enclosed sundeck, fitted with weatherproof blinds and an outdoor dining and lounge setup. A two-minute drive will take you into the city centre, where you can choose to dine out, or browse the local boutiques. From here you'll be just 1km to the central mall and the surrounding shops. Or visit the lake's edge for a <a href="https://www.bachcare.co.nz/blog/the-best-rotorua-walks/">walk along the lakefront</a>. Be sure to visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park, or ZORB for the more adventurous among you, both just a 10-minute drive away. The beautiful Redwoods offer great hikes through native scenery, or mountain biking on a thrilling trail network. A little bit further out of town, within a 20-minute drive, you can check out picturesque Lake Tarawera or Okere Falls. Enjoy some downtime or set out to do some exploring - The Palm Retreat is ready to host your stay!
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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.
How do I get around Rotorua?
From Australia, you’ll fly into Auckland Airport (AKL), from where you can take a connecting flight to Rotorua Airport (ROT), which operates daily flights from cities across New Zealand. You can rent a car at the airport for the three-hour drive south to Rotorua, or hop on a bus that takes about four hours. Once you arrive, the city centre is easy to explore on foot, with many shops and attractions within walking distance. Rotorua is a cycling-friendly place with several bike trails and many handy places to rent a bike. If you’re planning on exploring the region, a car may be your best option.
When is 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.
What are the 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.
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.