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Queenstown has hosted the tournament since 2003 but NZRU decided earlier this year to call for tenders.
"Sevens is rising in popularity across both the men's and women's games so we are very keen to make the most of this and Rotorua offers us the best opportunity to do that," said NZRU Chief Executive Steve Tew.
"2014 and 2015 are critical years in the build-up to Sevens' debut on the Olympic stage in 2016 so we are really excited about the role Rotorua will play in our plans to win two golds at Rio."
The 2013 National Sevens takes place in Queenstown on 12-13 January and will be broadcast on Sky Sport.
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