The earth speaks at Rotorua. With geothermal activity and indigenous Maori culture the main highlights of the region, tourism is understandably very popular. The result is a high number of hotels and, at times, overwhelming choice.
Bubbling up to the surface are these five hotels however, which seem to provide the best option for travellers over a number of factors such as price, location, facilities on site and comfort. Therefore here at TravelMag we have done the research to sift them out and present them to you in this list.
From $98/ night
In a land of geothermal activity it makes sense that Sport of Kings should have a thermally heated outdoor pool. But even the rooms are thermally heated too. The Te Puia Thermal Reserve is just a 10 minute walk away. All rooms in this locally owned and operated motel have a flat-screen TV and their own kitchenette. There is a free shuttle service from a to the motel as well as free parking on site.
From $155/ night
What is better than a hotel with its own sauna, tennis courts, balcony and kitchenette for each room? The answer is a hotel that has all of those things and a 9-hole mini golf course as well. With a variety of rooms from studios to suites, there is a great range of choice for guests at this resort. All rooms have air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs and a patio. The hotel also has a BBQ area and a lounge/bar with an open fire for those cooler evenings.
From $115/ night
Modern and only recently opened, Quest’s apartments offer a fantastic range of amenities to compliment any stay, including washing machines, dish washers, oven and entertainment centre with iPod dock. There really is little left wanting with these apartments, which pose great value for money. The executive apartments even have their own private balcony and hot tub.
From $111/ night
For those travelling with families, Arista is a great option. Not only do all rooms have a hot tub, there is also a playground outside in the motel grounds. Special family apartments have patios, private bathrooms, kitchenettes and plenty of room for everybody. Refrigerators, a microwave and a stovetop mean that you can eat in while the kids watch a DVD on the flat-screen TV, or there are plenty of restaurant options nearby. Free parking for one car per room booking is included.
From $98/ night
As with most hotels in town, Silver Fern Hotel is located on the main road leading to Rotorua lakefront. Posing an elegant option, each room in the hotel has its own spa tub and kitchenette. There is also a DVD player with free DVD rental from the front desk. The hotel has a BBQ area and terrace that guests can use. There is also an excellent free bike rental service offered to guests that makes visiting the Te Puia Thermal Springs and the surrounding areas much easier.