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By Bus

Bus services in Rotorua are run by Baybus which operates a local service around town and out to Rainbow Springs, Skyline Rotorua, Agroventures and Zorb on Route #1. Tickets cost approximately NZ$2.60. Visit for more information.

The `City Ride Rotorua` is a service run by Reesby Buses with three different routes stopping at most of the major tourist attractions in town. The bus stops are located on Arawa, Amohi and Fenton Streets and by the Central City Mall. These buses are green and the cost is around NZ$2.50, the buses run approximately every hour, daily until around 6 pm (4 pm on Sundays).

The city`s sightseeing bus `CitySights Bus` offers a Hop-on, hop-off service to 13 of the city`s major tourist attractions. The bus departs four times a day from the Rotorua I-Site on Fenton Street. There is a 48 hour pass available and children ride for free.

By Taxi

Taxis are available in the city. Designated taxi stands can be found in the downtown area with the main one situated on the corner of Haupapa and Fenton Streets by the Rotorua Visitors center. Rotorua Taxis are one of the main companies operating in the city. Taxis run 24 hours and are metered, fares start around NZ$3.83 and go up to NZ$3.35 per mile. A taxi can also be ordered over the phone. Visit for more information.

By Car

Renting a car while visiting Rotorua is a great idea as many of the sights and attractions are spread quite far apart. A car will give you the flexibility and freedom to explore the surrounding regions, there are plenty of parking options within the city`s central business district with some free parking options.

The city offers pay and display parking spaces as well as short-term parking, metered parking, and free parking on the outskirts and around the city center. There is a multi-story parking garage at the top of Pukuatua Street, with 244 spaces and no maximum time limit from 6 am until 11 pm daily.

By Foot

The city center of Rotorua is flat, compact and easy to navigate on foot. Plenty of the city`s main attractions are located within walking distance of downtown including Government Gardens which lead to the lakefront where the Rotorua Museum, the Blue Baths, and the Polynesian Spa are located. The city has a 16-mile walkway which is dived up into 8 different sections and categories, the walkway starts at the Council lakeside reserve. You can walk to the spectacular areas of Whakarewarewa Thermal Village, Redwoods Forest and Te Puia in about 30 minutes from the city center. Fenton Street is the main road in town where the majority of the city`s accommodations, dining and shopping can be found, the road runs for just over a mile.

By Bike

The city of Rotorua and its surrounding regions are world-renowned for mountain biking and people travel from all over the world to experience the famous biking destination. There are over 55 miles of mountain biking trails in the surrounding mountains and hills. Whakarewarewa Forest was listed as one of the Top 8 destinations in the world by Red Bull Magazine in 2012. There are over 62 miles of biking trails to be explored and the area is the host of many mountain biking events.

By Boat

Rotorua is a lakeside city on the banks of Lake Rotorua, with another 17 lakes in the region offering plenty of water activities for visitors. You can cruise around the lake on a traditional paddle steamer, take a ride on the Rotorua Duck Tours (amphibious vehicle), kayak or paddleboard. And for the adventurous type, this is a world-class whitewater rafting region down the Kaituna River.