Discover Rotorua’s Wonders with Camper4Hire: Your Ultimate Motorhome Holiday Guide

The Sulphur City of New Zealand

Embark on a journey of natural marvels and cultural richness in Rotorua, a geothermal paradise nestled in the heart of New Zealand’s North Island. Camper4Hire invites you to explore the Sulphur City and its surrounding wonders.

Rotorua boasts a unique blend of bubbling mud pools, natural hot springs, crystal-clear lakes, explosive geysers and lush forrests, making it a haven for nature enthusiasts. We encourage you to embrace the distinct aroma of sulphur that characterizes the city, as it adds to the charm of this extraordinary region. With 18 beautiful lakes offering diverse recreational opportunities, Rotorua promises an unforgettable experience for campers seeking both adventure and tranquility.

Things to See and Do in Rotorua

Rotorua offers a wide range of experiences shaped by its geothermal wonders and scenic surroundings:

  • Visit the Geothermal Parks: Explore renowned parks like Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Te Puia, and Orakei Korako, showcasing geysers, hot springs, and impressive cultural performances.

  • Experience Māori Culture: Immerse yourself in Māori traditions at Te Pā Tū and Te Puia, where authentic dining experiences and guided cultural tours await.

  • Explore The Redwoods: Discover the natural treasure of Whakarewarewa Forest, perfect for mountain biking, hiking, and exploring the Redwoods Treewalk.

  • Relax in Hot Pools: Unwind at Polynesian Spa, Waikite Valley Hot Pools, or Secret Spot Hot Tubs, offering rejuvenating experiences in geothermal pools.

  • Walk by Lake Rotorua: Enjoy the serenity of Lake Rotorua with various activities such as fishing, boating, or a leisurely stroll along the picturesque lakefront.

  • Tour the Buried Village: Step back in time at the Buried Village, where the 1886 volcanic eruption preserved Māori heritage amidst lush gardens and stunning waterfalls.

  • Ride the Gondola and Luge: Take the Skyline Rotorua Gondola for breathtaking views of Lake Rotorua and the city. Thrill-seekers can then experience the excitement of luge riding down Mount Ngongotaha.

  • Explore the Okere Falls: Head to the famous Okere Falls for an adrenaline-pumping experience. Engage in thrilling activities like white-water rafting or simply enjoy the natural beauty of the falls.

  • Discover Hamurana Springs: Immerse yourself in the serene beauty of Hamurana Springs, known for its crystal-clear waters and vibrant greenery. Take a leisurely walk around the springs for a peaceful nature experience.

  • Visit Blue and Green Lake: Explore the tranquil shores of Blue Lake (Lake Tikitapu) and Green Lake (Lake Rotokakahi). These picturesque lakes offer opportunities for relaxation, picnics, and water activities.

  • Experience the 3D Trick Gallery: Unleash your creativity and have a blast at the 3D Trick Art Gallery. Engage with optical illusions and take whimsical photos for a fun-filled and interactive experience.

  • Essential Activity — Rotorua Canopy Tours: Join an eco-tourism adventure with Rotorua Canopy Tours, featuring ziplining, suspended bridges, and panoramic views while preserving the environment.

Where to Eat in Rotorua

Indulge in Rotorua’s diverse culinary scene with Camper4Hire’s recommendations:

  • Eat Streat: Explore the bustling Eat Streat for a variety of cuisines, from seafood to sushi, and enjoy outdoor dining in this vibrant CBD hub.

  • Pātaka Kai: Experience the rich flavors of Māori cuisine at Pātaka Kai, celebrating cultural heritage with locally-sourced ingredients and traditional cooking techniques.

  • Mekong Buffalo: Delight in Asian fusion cuisine at Mekong Buffalo, blending flavors from different Asian cultures for a mouth-watering experience.

  • Night Market: Enjoy casual family-friendly dining at the Rotorua Night Market, featuring diverse food stalls, live music, and entertainment.

  • Okere Falls Store: Visit the famous Okere Falls Store on the edge of Lake Rotoiti for delicious food, beverages, and sustainability efforts, including the renowned Get Smoked, Pickled and Toasted toastie. Walk off the delicious food by exploring the close by Okere Falls.

Where to Stay in Rotorua

Enhance your Camper4Hire adventure with a restful night’s sleep at these top spots:

Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park: Experience natural geothermal features at your doorstep, with thermal pools and spa treatments for relaxation.

Blue Lake Top 10 Holiday Park: Enjoy a serene getaway on the shores of Lake Tikitapu, providing easy access to Rotorua’s attractions and mountain bike trails.

Cosy Cottage Thermal Kiwi Holiday Park: Opt for a peaceful retreat with only 15 sites, offering natural hot springs and thermal pools in a secluded setting.

Freedom Camping Sites Around Rotorua

Boyes Beach, Lake Ōkareka

Right on the lakefront, great view. Vehicles with purpose built sleeping facilities (eg. motorhome, campervan, caravan, house bus etc) are permitted to park overnight for no more than two consecutive nights for a fee in designated spaces within the existing carpark area. Please note this campsite is not suitable for vehicles over 6 metres in length. 

Trout Pool Reserve, Okere Falls

Vehicles with purpose built sleeping facilities (eg. motorhome, campervan, caravan, house bus etc) are permitted to park overnight for free in designated spaces within the existing carpark area.

Hamurana Reserve, Lake Rotorua

This reserve can be accessed from Hamurana Road. There is limited free overnight parking spaces near the edge of Lake Rotorua. Vehicles with purpose built sleeping facilities (eg. motorhome, campervan, caravan, house bus etc) are permitted to park overnight for free in designated spaces. Toilets are available nearby and the maximum time for overnight parking is two consecutive nights between the hours of 4pm and 9am.

Rotorua Overnight Campervan Parking\

Right in the middle of the town by the lake front, this freedom campsite is perfect to explore the city, however there are only 3 designated spots available, so make sure to arrive early to secure a spot.


Create Memories of a Lifetime in one of our campervans available for hire from Auckland/New Zealand. Book your adventure with Camper4Hire here.

Your Camper4Hire Team

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