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Savour the four seasons in Rotorua

Rotorua is like nowhere else; its spirit is expressed in the raw beauty of a stunning landscape that has enchanted visitors from around the world for more than 160 years.

Summer, Autumn, Winter or Spring – Rotorua can be enjoyed to the full whatever the season. With so many natural assets, it’s a destination to be enjoyed all year round from the colourful and awe-inspiring geothermal activity to the relaxing (and many would say healing) warm thermal waters, from the pristine beauty of our 16 lakes, rivers, forests and outdoor spaces to the inherent warmth of our indigenous Maori people. Rotorua’s diverse range of adrenalin-pumping adventure options also remain on tap all year round.

Summer – Dec 1 to Feb 28

Gnarly old pohutukawa trees laden with red blossoms dip down to the water’s edge on many lakes throughout Rotorua’s long hot summers . . . with 16 lakes and a host of water-based activities on offer within a 25-minute drive of the city, it’s a great time of the year to savour the many delights of the Rotorua region.

Autumn – Mar 1 to May 31

Gold, yellow, orange, bronze, red, scarlet and burgundy . . . Rotorua is a mass of sunset colours through the Autumn months of March, April and May. Crisp mornings mean spectacular displays of geothermal steam while days are filled with rainbow trout on the rise, golden vistas across sparkling lakes and hot pool bliss.

Winter – June 1 to Aug 31

Cold, frosty mornings often herald brilliantly clear and sunny days in Rotorua. June through to August are ideal months for enjoying some of the things our region is renowned for . . . spa relaxation (including geothermal hot pools, Aix massage and mud baths), challenging New Zealand’s best MTB tracks, seeking trophy trout on scenic lakes and walking spectacular forest, bush or lake trails.

Spring – Sep 1 to Nov 30

Spring in Rotorua brings the promise of warmer days, daylight saving (beginning the last Saturday in September), the re-opening of all trout fishing areas (October 1) and stunning floral displays. Rotorua is renowned for its massed beds of colourful tulips at this time of year – it’s one of the reasons why we are four time winners of ‘New Zealand’s Most Beautiful City’ award.