Winter in Rotorua – Ideas from Mike and Anja, Your Palm Court Rotorua Motel Hosts.

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Winter in Rotorua – Ideas from Mike and Anja, Your Palm Court Rotorua Motel Hosts.

Thinking about a trip to Rotorua? Wondering when the best time of year may be? Stop wondering. Rotorua is great year-round, and there’ll always be something here to make your holiday special.

As your Rotorua Motel hosts, and local experts on all things Rotorua, we have listed a few things we love about Winter in Rotorua below. Start the day by getting active and warm – either with a Mountain Bike ride or a nice walk through Rotorua’s many trails. Spend the afternoon enjoying some of the cultural or adventure activities, or relax in one of the many hot pools. For the evening a hangi and Maori Cultural experience is the ideal way to finish off a great day in Rotorua. Feel like another spa? Our Spa Pool Studio Rooms have private indoor spas for you to enjoy in peace and quiet.

Mountain Biking

Rotorua is one of the big MTB areas in New Zealand. With more than 100km of trails through fantastic NZ forest and a great community of riders, MTB fans will really be in their element here. For more information about the trails in Whakarewarewa Redwood Forest and the Skyline Graviry Park check out the Mountain Bike Rotorua website, or for the Whakarewarewa Trails see


Rotorua has some great scenic walks – the Department of Conservation has put together a great pdf with 5 short walks ranging from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours – a great way to get outside, warm up, and see some of our amazing country.

Adventure & Cultural Activities

A lot of the activities on offer here are just as good in the Winter as they are when it’s warm. Mitai Maori Village will give you an authentic introduction to Maori culture leaving you amazed and in awe. Rotorua Canopy Tours is New Zealand’s only native forest Zipline Canopy Tour and gets rave reviews.

Hot Pools

People have been bathing in Hot pools for centuries.  Rotorua has a great selection of hotpools, including Polynesian Spa, Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, and Hell’s Gate Waiora Spa. If you don’t feel like getting completely wet try out the Kuirau Foot Baths. Great for soaking your feet in, but not for bathing in. The surroundings are lovely – especially on a very cold grey day as all the steam swirls around you. Take a towel to sit on as the wooden seats get very wet. Two covered foot pools and one uncovered pool. Stay on the path though as the ground is unpredictable. The footbaths are at the centre of Kuirau Park, Rotorua,  across the road (west) from the Rotorua Hospital.

Looking for more things to do in Rotorua this Winter? Take a look at our Top 10 Things to do in Rotorua for more ideas. If you’re considering a trip to Rotorua – this Winter or anytime of year – and wondering which to choose of the many great Rotorua Motels, we’d love to host you here at Palm Court Rotorua.

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