Rotorua is a great place to live, from the spectacular forests and geothermal wonders to its rich Māori heritage. It’s an innovative economy with some of the best access to many places in the North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand — whether it’s a drive to the beach or a flight to the big city.
Tourism is a big drawcard to Rotorua, and is one of the key industries in the city alongside forestry, geothermal, and agribusiness.
Many people in Rotorua take advantage of being so connected to the outdoors through mountain biking, hiking in the forest, or hanging out by the lakes.
Rotorua prides itself on being a multicultural region and welcomes international students with open arms. It’s easy for students of all levels to excel within our education system from secondary school to tertiary education. Rotorua is proud to have the support of Welcoming Communities, a settlement programme as part of Rotorua Lakes Council. This excellent programme support communities to create welcoming and inclusive environments for newcomers.
Rotorua has a diverse economy of small to medium businesses, so plenty of different opportunities are available for you. There is lots of work, from hospitality superstars, labourers and tradespeople to specialised technicians, scientists, and professional services.
Growth industries include recreation and active tourism like mountain biking. Plus, there is a high demand for Government positions, forestry, wood processing, agriculture and food provenance.