The People Behind the Places: Meet Rotorua’s Hospitality Heroes

A man wearing a chef's outfit holding a tray of Maori food.
What separates a good restaurant or café from a great one are the people behind the counter or in the kitchen. Hospitality staff are the keys to bringing a venue to life, and Rotorua has no shortage of hospitality heroes. From chefs with decades of experience to community champions and service aficionados, here are the people who go above and beyond to make their customers’ experiences special.

Night Moves: The Best Things to do in Rotorua in the Evening

An outdoor dining area at dusk.

When you're out having a good time, the last thing you want to do when the sun sets is call it quits and head back to your hotel room. Fortunately, there's no shortage of activities in Rotorua to keep the fun going well into the night. So whether you're after an adrenaline rush, a meal or drink worth savouring or simply a quiet way to unwind under the stars, here's our guide for what to do in Rotorua after dark.

Tick Off Your Reading List At New Zealand’s Independent Bookshops

Bookcase jam packed with books at The Last Chapter, Wānaka.
Bibliophiles gather around; here's your comprehensive guide to New Zealand's best bookshops. Each of these fiercely independent bookstores brings a strong sense of personality, enriched by the culture and history of the towns they call home.  From North to South, from mystical fantasy to heartfelt memoirs, there's plenty to tickle your bookish brains at these local spots. So clear your shelf and break out your Good Reads list; here's where to get your literature fix across Aotearoa.  

From Filled Cronuts to Fresh Fare, Here's Your Guide to Rotorua's Foodie Scene

Syrup being poured onto a plate of brunch.

Whether you’re short on time or you’re just eager to go straight to the best, keep scrolling to find out where to eat and what to order in Rotorua.

Fairy Springs

The view looking down in Rotorua.
Only a five-minute drive from Rotorua's main drag, the wild suburb of Fairy Springs offers a treasure trove of local gems worth sniffing out. From the sweeping hilltop views to the quiet retreat of the bush, Mother Nature’s finest is complemented by a quirky collective of businesses sprinkling an extra helping of charm throughout the streets and forest floors. Sure, you may be able to count the street names on one hand, but this neighbourhood manages to squeeze in an eclectic offering to tickle all fancies. Swing from treetops and mountainsides, mosey into boutique studios, experience a traditional hangi, taste local wines, and tuck into a plant-based brunch. Adrenaline junkies, culture fiends, spa buddies, and forever-hungry foodies – come one, come all!

12 Hours Rotorua

Birds-eye view of many dishes on a table at Okere Falls Store.

The best things to see, eat and do in Rotorua

A Guide to New Zealand's Coffee Roasters

A coffee on a table.
Not all coffee is created equal, so in our guide to New Zealand’s coffee roasters, we pay homage to those roasting, brewing, and serving it the best. You’ll find micro-roasters rubbing shoulders with the country’s biggest producers.