The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua
The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua

Where to Stay in Rotorua: 50 BEST Accommodations in Rotorua ♨️ [2022]

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The Only Rotorua Accommodation List You’ll Ever Need

The geothermal hotspot and cultural hub of the North Island is a must-visit on any itinerary around New Zealand but the perfect stay isn’t complete without the perfect accommodation. This is where this ultimate list of the best accommodations in Rotorua comes in. Select from a specially curated list of luxury geothermal resorts to the flashiest backpackers; city-centre family-friendly motels to out-of-town couples’ retreats; and everything in between. Find out where to stay in Rotorua, right here, in this list of the 50 best accommodations in Rotorua.

1. Kings On Peace – The Best Accommodation in Rotorua

Just off Rotorua’s notorious “Motel Mile”, i.e. Fenton Street and along the aptly named quiet residential “Peace Street”, Kings On Peace offers one of the most luxurious accommodations in Rotorua. Apartments feature spacious showers, pod coffee machines, dishwashers and more.

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The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Kings On Peace

2. Silver Fern Rotorua Suites & Spa – The Best Motel in Rotorua

Silver Fern Rotorua ticks all the boxes: budget rooms, family rooms, even honeymoon suites and executive rooms for business travellers. What’s more, there are amenities such as spa pools/spa baths, electric blankets, baby equipment, room service breakfast and a day spa.

Check Silver Fern Rotorua out:

The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Silver Fern Rotorua – Accommodation & Spa

3. Regent of Rotorua – The Best Hotel in Rotorua

A fabulous design-driven hotel, the Regent of Rotorua is a 4.5-star hotel conveniently located in central Rotorua. Choose from a range of rooms, which include access to an outdoor heated pool, a private mineral pool, a mini gym, lounge and wine bar, and a restaurant. See more like this in the 15 Best Hotels in Rotorua.

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The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Regent of Rotorua

4. Mana Sarovar – Designer Lake Tarawera Holiday Home

If you prefer your own private retreat, take a look at Mana Sarovar. You can’t beat the views from this three-bedroom luxury holiday home on the shores of Lake Tarawera, including full self-catering facilities, kayaks, bikes and more. With stunning indoor and outdoor spaces and room for eight guests, the holiday home presents the ideal setting for entertaining.

Check Mana Sarovar out:

The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Mana Sarovar - Designer Lake Tarawera Holiday Home

5. Aura Accommodation – Eco-Friendly Accommodation in Rotorua

An eco-friendly base located close to the infamous Eat Streat and waterfront, Aura Accommodation offers geothermally heated studios and apartments. Enjoy their outdoor pool, bike hire and reasonable prices.

Check Aura Accommodation out:

The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Aura Accommodation

6. Hideaway of Rotorua – Farmstay Accommodation in Rotorua

Hideaway of Rotorua might be out of town but it’s arguably closer to the action with Agrodome, Zorb, Wingspan and Rainbow Springs nearby. The countryside lodge prides itself on being one of the most family (and pet) friendly accommodations in Rotorua.

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Where to Stay in Rotorua: 50 BEST Accommodations in Rotorua ♨️ [2022]© Hideaway of Rotorua

7. Rock Solid Backpackers – The Best Hostel in Rotorua

Named for the view of the 17m climbing wall from the floor-to-ceiling windows, the Rock Solid Backpackers is not only a cool place to hang out but an affordable hostel. See more like this in the 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Rotorua.

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8. Sport of Kings Motel – Accommodation in Rotorua with a Pool

Affordable and peaceful, the Sport of Kings Motel is well worth considering. The 4.5-star motel situated just off Rotorua’s main street has a geothermally heated outdoor pool that has an attractive setting among native plantings. It also features in our 10 Best Motels in Rotorua.

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The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Sport of Kings Motel

9. Jet Park Hotel Rotorua – The Best Accommodation in Rotorua for Families

What we love about the Jet Park Hotel Rotorua is how extremely catered to each traveller type the hotel is. There is a fantastic economy option for couples or solo travellers, while family rooms come with age-appropriate toys and pillows. See more recommendations like this in our 10 Best Family Accommodations in Rotorua.

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The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Jet Park Hotel Rotorua

10. Rydges Rotorua – Rotorua Accommodation Where Kids Stay and Eat Free

Another accommodation located near the Redwoods Forest, the Rydges Rotorua is a convenient hotel option for making the most out of the tourist attractions. It’s a great value option for families where kids stay and eat for free, while couples and groups of friends will have no qualm with the simple yet fresh rooms.

Check Rydges Rotorua out:

The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Holiday Inn Rotorua

11. Prince’s Gate Hotel – The Best Accommodation in Rotorua for Couples

The Prince’s Gate Hotel radiates elegance and class. If you’re not popping in for their acclaimed high tea, then at least stay in one of only 50 luxury rooms and suites with traditional decor. In true Rotorua style, guests have access to thermally heated pools, as well as a private hot pool and sauna. See more couples-centric recommendations in the 15 Most Romantic Accommodations in Rotorua.

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The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Prince’s Gate Hotel

12. Geyser Lookout BnB – Cheap Accommodation in Rotorua

This gorgeous B&B/homestay accommodation on the outskirts of Rotorua, right by some of the town’s best geothermal attractions, has no right to be this cheap, yet here it is! Geyser Lookout BnB offers two double guest rooms in the main house and a self-contained apartment for two.

Check Geyser Lookout BnB out:

Where to Stay in Rotorua: 50 BEST Accommodations in Rotorua ♨️ [2022]© Geyser Lookout BnB

13. Best Western Braeside Rotorua & Conference Centre – Rotorua Accommodation in Fairy Springs

Located in a leafy suburb, the Best Western Braeside makes a great retreat from the day’s adventures. The hotel/motel offers a range of facilities including a heated outdoor swimming pool, a spa area, minigolf, a children’s playground, a games room and a trout stream for fishing.

Check Best Western Braeside out:

The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Best Western Braeside Rotorua & Conference Centre

14. BK’s Rotorua Motor Lodge – Self-Catering Accommodation in Rotorua

BK’s Rotorua Motor Lodge offers a range of rooms from simple studios to more luxurious and spacious studios with a spa, some of which can be interconnected for groups. Conveniently, BK’s Rotorua is located by a supermarket and within a short walk of the city centre. For more ultra-convenience self-catering stays, check out the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Rotorua.

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The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© BK’s Rotorua Motor Lodge

15. Wai Ora Lakeside Resort – Rotorua Accommodation with Private Spa Pool

Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort is the place to unwind, rejuvenate and indulge in Rotorua, boasting a fabulous day spa. Contemporary fine dining can be experienced at the award-winning Mokoia Restaurant.

Check Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort out:

The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Wai Ora Lakeside Resort

16. Ngamihi Lodge – Luxury Accommodation at Lake Okareka

Escape to Rotorua’s nearby Lake Okareka by staying at Ngamihi Lodge. There are three inviting suites at this designer B&B, some of which have two bedrooms should you have a larger group. For more lavish offerings like this, check out the 18 Best Luxury Accommodations in Rotorua.

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The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Ngamihi Lodge

17. Holdens Bay Holiday Park – Cheap Holiday Park in Rotorua

One of the cheapest and highly rated holiday parks in Rotorua is Holdens Bay Holiday Park. Aside from tent and powered sites, basic cabins and self-contained motel units, guests are treated to an array of exciting shared facilities, such as an outdoor pool in summer, free indoor hot pools and an awesome kids’ playground.

Check Holdens Bay Holiday Park out:

Where to Stay in Rotorua: 50 BEST Accommodations in Rotorua ♨️ [2022]© Holdens Bay Holiday Park

18. VR Rotorua Lake Resort – Rotorua Lakes Accommodation

A tranquil retreat on the shores of Lake Rotoiti and a 15-minute drive from the hustle and bustle of town, VR Rotorua Lake Resort spans seven acres of manicured gardens and includes a swimming pool, spa and sauna and 42 luxurious rooms and suites.

Check VR Rotorua Lake Resort out:

The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© VR Rotorua Lake Resort

19. All Seasons Holiday Park – Rotorua Airport Accommodation

As well as camping accommodation, All Seasons Holiday Park has bungalows, studios and apartments by the airport. Enjoy the swimming pool, tennis court and nearby walks in Hannah’s Bay, a short drive from the city centre. Also, free parking and WiFi!

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The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© All Seasons Holiday Park

20. KARANDA BnB – The Best B&B Accommodation in Rotorua

Perched on a hillside on the edge of town, KARANDA BnB offers charming accommodation with rooms suitable for solo travellers up to groups of five. Enjoy an included breakfast on the patio or dining room with unbeatable views.

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The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© KARANDA BnB

21. Rotorua BnB on Sumner – Cheap B&B Accommodation in Rotorua

Get the locals’ experiences at Rotorua BnB on Sumner. The homestay has three guest rooms in the leafy suburb of Glenholme. Enjoy an included breakfast, free airport pick-up and friendly hosts.

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The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Rotorua BnB on Sumner

22. Quest Rotorua Central – The Best Apartment Hotel in Rotorua

The international apartment hotel has a presence in Rotorua. Quest Rotorua Central is convenient in its city-centre location, as well as its contemporary self-contained facilities.

Check Quest Rotorua Central out:

The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Quest Rotorua Central

23. Koutu Beach Bed and Breakfast – Relaxed B&B in Rotorua

Situated on a secluded beach on the shores of Lake Rotorua, Koutu Beach Bed and Breakfast easily earns its place on this list of best accommodations in Rotorua purely for the location. The B&B boasts well-appointed ensuite rooms.

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The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Koutu Beach Bed and Breakfast

24. Arista of Rotorua – Family-Friendly Accommodation in Rotorua

Another motel well worth considering on Motel Mile is Arista of Rotorua. Most rooms have been designed with families and groups in mind as no room is less than 62m (203ft). Each unit even has a private spa pool to enjoy, while you’ll be sure to keep warm in the thermally-heated rooms.

Check Arista of Rotorua out:

The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Arista of Rotorua

25. Regal Palms Resort – Rotorua Accommodation Near The Redwoods

A real vacation experience in Rotorua, the Regal Palms Resort has a collection of self-contained suites suitable for couples and families. Each suite features a private hot pool, while guests also have access to a heated swimming pool, free WiFi, a children’s playground, a mini-golf course, a sauna and a tennis court!

Check Regal Palms Resort out:

The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Regal Palms Resort

26. Thermal Oak Motel – Rotorua Accommodation with Thermal Hot Pools

A popular option on Motel Mile, Thermal Oak Motel has a selection of recently renovated studios, apartments and a flat for a reasonable price. They have two outdoor spa pools for guests to indulge in.

Check Thermal Oak Motel out:

The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Thermal Oak Motel

27. Novotel Rotorua Lakeside – Rotorua City Centre Hotel

Stay in a contemporary 4.5-star hotel in the heart of Rotorua. While the Novotel Rotorua Lakeside is only moments away from Eat Street, it offers a fabulous bar and restaurant with a lake-view terrace. As for the rooms, relax in the earthy-toned interior with large picture windows allowing natural light to fill the room.

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The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Novotel Rotorua Lakeside

28. Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park – Budget Accommodation in Rotorua

Ideal for couples, groups or those wanting a lot of space to themselves, Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park has a great choice of cabins. Although it’s about 10 minutes drive from the city centre, it is within walking distance to other Rotorua attractions like Te Puia.

Check Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park out:

The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park

29. Malones Spa Motel – Rotorua Accommodation with Private Spa Baths

If you’re looking for something a little more stylish on the “Motel Mile” then set your sights on the four-star Malones Spa Motel. The accommodation features 20 rooms with cable TV, on-demand movies and basic kitchenette facilities. Most rooms also feature a private hot tub or plunge pool.

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The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Malones Spa Motel

30. Millennium Hotel Rotorua – Rotorua Corporate Accommodation

Enjoy a pampered stay at the Millennium Hotel Rotorua. Downtime at the hotel can be made up using the on-site spa, fitness centre, gym and pool or by wining and dining at the ultra-sleek Bar Zazu, casual Brasserie Poolside Restaurant, or the fine dining venue Restaurant Nikau.

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The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Millennium Hotel Rotorua

31. Rotorua Motel – Rotorua Accommodation on Malfroy Road

You can’t go too far wrong with the modern furnishings and spa bath accommodation of the Rotorua Motel. Most rooms come with either a spa bath or spa pool and a small yet modern kitchen.

Check Rotorua Motel out:

The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Rotorua Motel

32. Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel – The Best Boutique Hotel in Rotorua

A stylish retreat on the shores of Lake Rotorua, Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel is well worth considering for a special occasion or “just because”. Bask in the views and enjoy elegant spaces throughout the property.

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The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel

33. Capri on Fenton – Rotorua Motel with Private Thermal Spa Pools

Capri on Fenton is situated mid-way on Fenton Street, a short drive from the city centre and other Rotorua attractions. The motel has 17 spacious units complete with kitchens and a geothermally-heated spa pool.

Check Capri on Fenton out:

The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Capri on Fenton

34. Peppers on the Point Lake Rotorua – Luxury Apartments in Rotorua

Another stunner on the lakefront, Peppers on the Point Lake Rotorua is a former 1930s mansion redesigned into a luxury hotel. There’s never a dull moment between the tennis court, spa treatments, library and farm animals on the grounds.

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The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Peppers on the Point Lake Rotorua

35. Solitaire Lodge – The Most Luxurious Accommodation in Rotorua

For a special occasion or simply to go all out, choose the most prestigious luxury lodge in Rotorua. The all-inclusive Solitaire Lodge boasts a premium position on the shores of Lake Tarawera surrounded by native bush and volcanic vistas.

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Where to Stay in Rotorua: 50 BEST Accommodations in Rotorua ♨️ [2022]© Solitaire Lodge

36. Pullman Rotorua – The Best Five-Star Hotel in Rotorua

Towering high in the heart of Rotorua city, Pullman Rotorua boasts five-star luxury to go with its five-star views. Outside of your room and through the elegantly modern halls and foyers, you’ll find the farm-to-table cuisine of the Barrel & Co. Bar and Grill and indulgent treatments at Massage Eden Lifestyle & Wellness Spa.

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Where to Stay in Rotorua: 50 BEST Accommodations in Rotorua ♨️ [2022]© Pullman Rotorua

37. Cedarwood Lakeside Motel & Conference Venue – Rotorua Airport Accommodation

Overlooking Holdens Bay yet conveniently close to the airport, Cedarwood Lakeside Motel & Conference Venue is a pleasant stay whether you’re visiting on leisure or business. Stay in attractive timber-lined studios and suites with easy access to the outside pool.

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The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Cedarwood Lakeside Motel & Conference Venue

38. Palm Court Motor Inn – Rotorua Motel on Fenton Street

More “Motel Mile” delights await at this other well-appointed motel, Palm Court Motor Inn! There’s something for everyone between the 17 self-contained units, some with private courtyards containing a spa pool.

Check Palm Court Motor Inn out:

The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© ASURE Palm Court Motor Inn

39. Cleveland Thermal Motel – Pet-Friendly Accommodation in Rotorua

Just down the road from Kuirau park and a short walk or drive into town, Cleveland Thermal Motel offers relaxing accommodation with its own indoor mineral pool. The eco-friendly motel has geothermally heated rooms, showers and a swimming pool.

Check Cleveland Thermal Motel out:

The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Cleveland Thermal Motel

40. The Willows – Luxury Holiday Homes on Lake Rotorua

Experience affordable lake-edge luxury with friends and family at this wonderful holiday home near Rainbow Springs. The Willows is kitted out with a gorgeous garden, free use of kayaks, a spa pool and four bedrooms sleeping up to 12 guests.

Check The Willows out:

The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© The Willows

41. City Lights Boutique Lodge – Rotorua Accommodation on Mt Ngongotaha

On the slopes of Mt Ngongotaha, City Lights Boutique Lodge offers one of the most luxurious B&B accommodations in Rotorua. There are three guest rooms available with a shared lounge, gym, sauna and spa.

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The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© City Lights Boutique Lodge

42. Rotorua Downtown Backpackers – Cheap Accommodation in Rotorua City Centre

Rotorua Downtown Backpackers is right in the heart of New Zealand’s geothermal hub with the i-SITE and bus stop just down the road and all the shops and services at your fingertips.

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43. Emerald Spa Motor Inn – Rotorua Accommodation Near The Redwoods

A perfect retreat for couples, Emerald Spa Motor Inn offers romance packages and irresistible spa rooms. While the motel is a little out of town, it’s just a few minutes from the acclaimed Redwoods Forest. See more stays like this in 10 Best Romantic Accommodations in Rotorua.

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The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Emerald Spa Motor Inn

44. Kiwi As Guest House – Cheap Guesthouse in Rotorua

Kiwi As Guest House is sitting on the fence. It’s not quite a backpacker hostel, yet not quite a hotel. Whatever you want to call it, Kiwi As Guest House has a mix of affordable accommodation with a 4-bed dorm, a single room with shared bathroom, family rooms and double rooms.

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The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Kiwi As Guest House

45. Waiteti Trout Stream Holiday Park – Cheap Out-of-Town Holiday Park in Rotorua

Stay in locals’ favourite, Ngongotaha – a quiet corner of Lake Rotorua. Waiteti Trout Stream Holiday Park offers something for solo travellers, couples and groups with some of the best budget accommodation in Rotorua. What’s more, there are attractions of its own, such as fishing and kayaking.

Check Waiteti Trout Stream Holiday Park out:

The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Waiteti Trout Stream Holiday Park

46. Rotorua Central Backpackers – Cheap Backpacker Hostel in Rotorua

What? A hostel with no bunks? That’s right! Rotorua Central Backpackers is also the only hostel in town with baths. Alternatively, in the true spirit of Rotorua, bathe in the spa pool.

Check Rotorua Central Backpackers out:

The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Rotorua Central Backpackers

47. Golden Glow Motel – Rotorua Motel with Private Spa Pools

Golden Glow Motel offers more premium features for your cash. At a reasonable price, get a private double, family or twin room with your own private spa pool. Not only is the Golden Glow Motel just a 5-minute walk from the city centre, but it also offers free WiFi, parking and shuttle service to and from the bus station.

Check Golden Glow Motel out:

The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Golden Glow Motel

48. Fenton Court Motel – Popular Motel on Fenton Street

And the motels keep on coming on Fenton Street (Motel Mile), this time at the Fenton Court Motel. Each motel room boasts a private spa bath and pool, a full kitchen, Sky TV and electric blankets to ensure a comfortable stay.

Check Fenton Court Motel out:

The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Fenton Court Motel

49. Astray Motel & Backpackers – Cheap Private Rooms in Rotorua City Centre

Astray is a compact hostel and motel that will blow you away with cleanliness and sleek decor. In a super convenient city-centre location – you can’t go wrong!

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The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Astray Backpackers & Motel

50. Gemini Lodge – Luxury Holiday Homes in Fairy Springs

Finally on our list of the best accommodations in Rotorua, indulge in a recipe of luxury at Gemini Lodge. There are four stunning holiday homes among the gorgeous lakeside grounds to choose from. The property has a large outdoor pool, spa pool, private jetty, fire pit, gym and more.

Check Gemini Lodge out:

The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua© Gemini Lodge

More About Where to Stay and the Best Accommodations in Rotorua

Discover the must-do activities, as well as more of the best accommodations in Rotorua in the following articles:

Finally, now that you know the best accommodations and where to stay in Rotorua, plan more of your trip around the North Island using the North Island in 2 Weeks: Road Trip Itinerary and New Zealand in 3 Weeks: Road Trip Itinerary.

Author

Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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