Conveniently located in the centre of the North Island, Rotorua sits on the southern shores of its namesake lake. Rotorua offers some of New Zealand’s most iconic natural attractions and experiences. With geothermal wonders, refreshing spa offerings, pristine lakes, spectacular forests, fascinating Māori culture and an abundance of adventure activities – including world-class mountain biking – Rotorua is New Zealand’s must-visit destination.


By land Being centrally located on the North Island, Rotorua is one of the most accessible cities to get to.

Approximate Drive Times are:
 – Auckland to Rotorua is 3 hours;
 – Hamilton to Rotorua is 1 hour 30 mins;
 – Tauranga to Rotorua is 50 mins,
 – Taupo to Rotorua is 1 hour;
 – Napier to Rotorua is 2 hours 40 min;
 – Wellington to Rotorua is 5 hours 30 mins.

By Air – Air New Zealand services domestic flights in and out of Rotorua Airport from a wide range of destinations around New Zealand, including direct flights from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.


Accommodation options include hotels, motels, stunning lodges, camping grounds and holiday parks offering camping and self-contained accommodation, as well as a huge selection of private accommodation options and holiday homes.

Book your accommodation now for Spirited Women, 17th – 19th February 2023

Extend your stay and enjoy everything Rotorua has to offer!

Destination & activities

Rotorua is a fantastic place to visit, with so much to do, from exploring otherworldly geothermal parks, experiencing rejuvenating spas and wellness clinics, and wandering and riding through and around beautiful Whakarewarewa Forest, to swimming and boating on any one of the 18 lakes.

Rotorua also has you covered for resting and refuelling, with accommodation options and award-winning cafés and restaurants appealing to all tastes and budgets.

Enjoy thrilling adventures, create family memories, and immerse yourself in the Māori culture.

It therefore not surprising the North Island Spirited Women – All Women’s Adventure Race is returning to the region it first visited in 2016, to deliver the 8th edition of the event in 2023.

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