Known for geothermal activity and Maori culture.
Rotorua is one of the most famous destinations in New Zealand, and has a long history of welcoming visitors. From the moment people arrive in Rotorua they know they're somewhere quite different. There is a scent of sulfur in the air, and at nearby geothermal hotspots there are spouting geysers, acrid-smelling mud pools bubbling and belching, and warm geothermal pools and ponds that create a kaleidoscope of color.
Enjoy the famous Champagne Pool, and other geothermal wonders such as geysers, bubbling mud. You can also kick back at one of the many hot pool locations, the best being the Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, where you can enjoy the natural setting and soaking hot waters with a drink and your family. At night take in a cultural show at the Tamaki Maori Village where you can learn about the practices and history of Maoris while enjoying one of their traditional feasts. For a trip of natural wonders and iconic local culture, Rotorua is the perfect location.
TOP THINGS TO DO IN ROTORUA
These are popular activities to do in Rotorua. We can help you choose.
Volcanic Hills Winery: Take the gondola up to Volcanic Hills HQ where you can enjoy world class wines accompanied by a breathtaking view of Lake Rotorua from the mountain-top facility. This is a wine tasting and winery tour like no other, and with your tour guide you’ll learn of the production process behind the top tier wine we all know and love.
Tamaki Maori Village: Tamaki Maori Village is New Zealand’s most awarded cultural experience! Sit back and enjoy a night of culture, history, and good food. Watch the cultural performances, and partake in the local practices such as weaving, carving, and warrior training with your group. For an insight into Maori culture in Rotorua, the Tamaki Village is the perfect activity.
Whakarewarewa Forest: Take a break from the city and walk through a truly breathtaking location- the Whakarewarewa Forest. Filled with its iconic Californian Coastal Redwoods which tower over all, the forest offers a variety of bush walks and biking trails that make for beautifully tranquil afternoons or mornings.
Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre: Visit the Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre and explore the park that is dedicated to preserving the native species of New Zealand. The park also has shows demonstrating the incredible capabilities of the animals. Get up close and personal with the birds of prey of New Zealand at the National Bird of Prey Centre at Rotorua.
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland: Visit New Zealand’s most colorful volcanic area. As you walk through the area, you’ll spot bubbling mud, volcanic craters, steaming ground, and the iconic Champagne Pool. Choose from one of the walks depending on how long you want to spend in the Thermal Wonderland. Whichever one you choose, you’ll be able to enjoy the natural wonders Rotorua has to offer.
aMAZEme: Head out to aMAZEme for some outdoor fun, with activities such as Sack Racing, Giant Puzzles, Tug O War, and more. Bring a picnic and enjoy lunch on the open field with your friends or family for a beautiful day out in the sun.
Blue Lake Track: Check out the breathtaking scenery of the Blue Lake Track and head out for a relaxing walk around the lake. The hour and a half walk doesn’t take long to finish, but with the endless amount of photo opportunities, you’ll most likely end up staying out there for longer.
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools: Relax and soak in the naturally heated geothermal waters from the Te Manaroa Spring. Near the pools is the Ponga Tree Café, as well as private spas and some natural trails and toilet and shower areas. Enjoy the geothermal activity of the area to the fullest with an evening at the Waikite Valley Thermal Pools.