Rotorua is a great place to visit. Whether you wish to experience Maori culture, seek adventure and play or visit natural geysers, Rotorua delivers it all. You can even book accommodation right now on Yellow Maps. Here is a selection of a few great things to do while visiting Roto-Vegas!
Kawarau Jet Rotorua
Take a high speed adventure across Lake Rotorua in a Kawarau Jetboat!
Thrill seekers will love the spins and turns and following the 30minute adventure, you have the chance to take a relaxing soak in the Manupirua Hot Pools. A great treat to calm your heart down after! What more could you want?
Located just 15minutes from Rotorua on Tarawera Road, lies the Village of Te Wairoa.
Destroyed by the eruption of Mt Tarawera in 1886, the village of Te Wairoa is today a living museum where visitors can experience a unique piece of New Zealand history. The Museum of Te Wairoa takes visitors on an emotional journey telling the fascinating story of the village, the voyages to the Pink and White Terraces and the eruption of Mt Tarawera.
Hells Gate and Wai Ora Spa
Rotorua's fiercest thermal area and largest active mud volcano also hosts NZ's largest boiling whirl pool with naturally hot mineral foot pools, and steam vent geyser.A unique place of extreme contrasts, you can walk past steaming fumeroles and pools of boiling mud before relaxing in the hot spa.
River Rats Raft & Kayak
Offering quality rafting for over 25 years, there’s something for everyone with River Rats. From a gentle scenic raft trip, through to full-on action packed adventure featuring the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall. Kayaking is available as freedom hire or a guided tour. You can also paddle across the local lakes to a secluded beach or enjoy a hot water swim which is only accessible by boat. Awesome!
An evening at Mitai will give you an authentic introduction to Maori Culture leaving you amazed and in awe. See warriors paddling a waka, experience a hangi meal, and witness a truly special cultural performance, poi dance and traditional haka. The Mitai family are proud to have created a sacred and spiritual place that offers you an indigenous cultural experience like no other.
Planet Bike Mountain Biking
Whakarewarewa Forest, just five minutes from the centre of Rotorua, has some of the best mountain biking on the planet. With 40km of purpose built bike trails and beautiful lakes to cycle to, Rotorua is the ultimate place to mountain bike in N.Z. First timers, can try the 2-hour ride on soft terrain, while experienced mountain bikers can take on varied terrain with hours of technical single track riding and one way trails.
The home of Zorb is Rotorua. Great fun for people of all ages, tumble head over heels in a specially designed globe, which will have you slipping, sliding and spinning your way around Rotorua! Get your thrill-on and seek out your Zorb adrenaline fix!
The Lake Spa is Polynesian Spa's deluxe bathing and relaxation haven. Four rock pools of varying temperatures from 36ºC to 43ºC are set invitingly alongside the shores of Sulphur Bay, Lake Rotorua. Landscaped with native flora the pools are a unique environment of tranquility and beauty.
Skyline Skyrides is your one-stop adventure playground!
Catch the Gondola up Mt Ngongotaha which is 487m above sea level; Try out the fun filled 3 wheeled Luge ride; and attempt the Skyswing - a thrilling and exhilarating air adventure! You can also catch the Helipro, giving you spectacular scenic flights over Rotorua, ensuring the memory of Rotorua stays with you for a long time after.
Editorial by Katherine Robinson