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Things To Do In Rotorua

Welcome to Rotorua, where every corner bursts with awe-inspiring attractions and activities. Dive into the heart of New Zealand's geothermal wonderland and Maori culture, featuring hot geothermal springs, bubbling mud pools and geysers. Discover why Rotorua is a must-visit destination and uncover the best things to do in Rotorua!   Explore t... Show More

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Top Attractions

Mount Tarawera Guided Volcanic Crater Hike

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100% Pure NZ - Raft the Kaituna River - Grade 5

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Experience the thrill of rafting through steep native bush canyons in Rotorua. C ......

Sledge the Kaituna River - Grade 3

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Sledge the Grade 3 Kaituna River for an exhilarating Rotorua adventure. Navigate ......

Geothermal Trails

Geothermal Trails

Explore the Whaka Geothermal Trails in Rotorua. Discover the untouched geotherm ......

Scenic Lake Rotoiti Kayak Tour - Rotorua

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Embark on an extraordinary adventure with our Scenic Lake Rotoiti Day tour, granting you access to one of New Zealand's ...

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Mount Tarawera / Orakei Korako 'Thermal Explorer' Dual Landing

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Rotorua Canopy Tours Ziplining Forest Adventure

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Voted TripAdvisor’s #1 Nature Activity on the planet, Rotorua Canopy Tours is an unforgettable and enlightening advent ...

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Freak Of Nature 4WD Combo Package

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Experience our unforgettable self drive 4WD Bush Safari and Monster 4X4 Thrill Ride! Enjoy the adrenaline-fueled combina ...

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Tongariro Alpine Crossing Transport Ketetahi Shuttle

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The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is the best one-day trek in New Zealand. It is 19.4 km (12 mile) through volcanic alpine ...

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Rotorua Jade Carving Studio Tour

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Step inside our Rotorua Jade Carving Studio for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes experience. Meet local artists, see live ...

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Mount Tarawera/Waimangu Thermal Valley – ‘Eruption Trail Tour’

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Departing our City Lakefront pier experience the thrill of a floatplane take off, before climbing above Mokoia Island on ...

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3D Trick Art Gallery

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Immerse yourself into 2D paintings posing and acting, when you take a photo it changes to 3D photos.

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The Hells Gate Experience

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Hell's Gate is the most active geothermal reserve in New Zealand and home to its only mud spa. Due to the composition of ...

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Tarawera Falls Volcanic Heli Hike

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From lofty volcanic heights, to a magical waterfall, this extraordinary day out showcases a variety of scenery not found ...

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White Island/ Mount Tarawera 'Volcanic Extremes' Floatplane Adventure

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Fly over New Zealand’s only permanently active offshore volcano, White Island and enjoy amazing aerial views of the is ...

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Drivers Obsession

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Two Experiences in One Pass - Bush Bash in our 4WD Plus Raceline Karting!! Explore untamed terrain on the 4WD Bush Safar ...

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Action Bug

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Experience the thrill of Riverbugging through the breathtaking gorge of the Rangitāiki River, just a short drive from R ...

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Mount Tarawera/Waimangu Volcanic Valley Plus Hotpools

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Fly over the site of the largest eruption in New Zealand’s living memory, Mount Tarawera, and gain an appreciation of ...

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Kaituna River Rafting

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Join the Original Kaituna Rafting Company for an unbeatable grade 5 white-water experience on one of New Zealand's most ...

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Mount Tarawera Volcanic Adventure

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Combine the thrill of landing on Mount Tarawera with a flight that includes spectacular aerial views of our stunning cr ...

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Starlight Gourmet Kayak Tour - Rotorua

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Glide across the lake to the stunning Manupirua Hot Pools, which are only accessible by water. Here you will enjoy a fre ...

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Monster 4X4 Thrill Ride

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Strapped into your seat with helmet and protective gear on, brace yourself for the power and brute force of an all-terra ...

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Mount Tarawera Volcanic Landing - Eruption Trail Tour And Landing

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Fly to and land on the site of the largest eruption in New Zealand’s living memory. Standing on Mount Tarawera offers ...

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The Farm Tour

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The Farm Tour is an hour long guided tour, travelling through a farm environment on a covered trailer. During The Farm ...

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Floatplane Crater Lakes Flight Plus Hotpools

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Enjoy spectacular views of our hidden lakes district, distant volcanoes and local geothermal activity. Landing on the la ...

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Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village - Guided Tour

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Discover the vibrant culture and rich history of the Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village with our guided tour. Nestled in ...

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Secret Spot Hot Tubs Rotorua

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Unwind and experience the tranquility of forest bathing at Secret Spot Hot Tubs amidst the stunning native Whakarewarewa ...

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Epic Tandem Kayak Tours

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Tandem kayaking is a niche/specialty activity compared to traditional rafting trips in the area. There is nowhere else i ...

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White Island/ Mount Tarawera 'Volcanic Extremes' Helicopter

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Experience “Volcanic Extremes” flying over the active crater of “Whakaari” White Island before landing on the n ...

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Buried Village Experience

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Stories of survival and resilience are told throughout our museum exhibits and in over 1km of heritage excavations. Wand ...

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4WD Bush Safari Experience - Self Drive

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Buckle in behind the wheel of one of Off Road NZ’s 4WDs. The terrain is like nothing you’ve encountered before and t ...

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Raceline Karting

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Feel the need for speed as you jump into the driver’s seat for an exhilarating Raceline Karting experience. Geared up ...

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Mount Tarawera / Orakei Korako 'Thermal Explorer' Dual Landing Floatplane

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Cultural Performance

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Frequently Asked Questions about Rotorua

1. What are the top attractions in Rotorua?

Rotorua is known for its geothermal activity and Maori culture. Top attractions include the stunning Pohutu Geyser, Whakarewarewa Thermal Village which is an actual Maori village located on and around the geothermal field, Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve & Mud Spa and the historic Buried Village Experience  with museum, archaeological and waterfall bush trails.

2. What outdoor activities can I do in Rotorua?

Outdoor activities in Rotorua include exploring geothermal trails and outdoor cultural experiences, hiking Mount Tawawera, mountain biking or Ziplining in the Redwood Forest, Sledging or white water rafting the Kaituna River and race carting or 4WD adventures through native NZ forest! 

3. What are some family-friendly things to do in Rotorua?

Rotorua offers a range of family-friendly activities. Visit Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village to watch a cultural performance and walk the geothermal trails. Explore the Buried Village Experience, which includes a museum and scenic bush and waterfall walks. Have fun at the 3D Trick Art Gallery, or go on a Farm Tour to feed and interact with New Zealand farm animals. You can also visit the Rotorua Jade Carving Studio to watch and learn how pounamu are made.

4. Are there any free things to do in Rotorua?

Yes, Rotorua offers several free activities, including exploring Government Gardens, visiting the Redwoods Forest, and enjoying the Kuirau Park geothermal walk. Discover numerous walking tracks, hikes around lakes, waterfalls, swimming holes, and fishing spots.

5. What are some indoor and rainy day activities in Rotorua?

For rainy days in Rotorua, enjoy fun indoor activities like marveling at the 3D Trick Art Gallery, exploring the fascinating Buried Village museum, or experiencing the hands-on Rotorua Jade Carving Studio Tour. Turn a rainy day into an unforgettable adventure with these indoor experiences!

 

Tourist Information About Rotorua

Welcome to Rotorua, where every corner bursts with awe-inspiring attractions and activities. Dive into the heart of New Zealand's geothermal wonderland and Maori culture, featuring hot geothermal springs, bubbling mud pools and geysers. Discover why Rotorua is a must-visit destination and uncover the best things to do in Rotorua!

 

Explore the best of Rotorua with bubbling mud pools and Maori Culture at Hells Gate and Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village. Experience geothermal trails, traditional Hangi meals, cultural dance, and a mud spa! Dive into adventure with White Water River Rafting, river sledging, and kayaking! Discover Redwood Forest’s thrilling mountain biking trails and exhilarating Canopy Tours and Ziplining! Take stunning scenic flights over volcanic craters by float plane or helicopter adventures, enjoy 4x4 bush adventures, and Raceline Carting. Don’t miss the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing day trip or the Mount Tarawera Guided Volcanic Crater Hike. Afterward, unwind at Secret Spot Hot Tubs Rotorua. Rotorua offers endless excitement for all ages!


Top attractions in Rotorua



Sledge the Kaituna River - This thrilling activity is perfect for kids who love adventure! They'll feel the rush of the rapids as they navigate the Kaituna River on a sledge, guided by experienced instructors.

Hells Gate - Experience the natural healing powers of the mud at Hells Gate geothermal reserve by enjoying the hot pools, mud baths, and geysers while learning about the area's volcanic history.

Rotorua Canopy Tours Ziplining Forest Adventure - Zip lining in Rotorua offers an exhilarating adventure through pristing native forests, with breath-taking views and thrilling zipline rides up to 400 meters long! perfect for nature lovers and thrill-seekers alike.

Starlight Gourmet Kayak Tour - Glide across the lake to the stunning Manupirua Hot Pools, enjoy a freshly cooked BBQ dinner along with a delicious kiwi dessert on the way to our hidden Glowworm cave. See how Lake Rotoiti is magically transformed by the moon and the twinkling stars above. 

Mount Tarawera Guided Volcanic Crater Hike - Go on a guided hike through the volcanic craters of Mount Tarawera, where you’ll see the stunning geothermal activity and learn about the area's rich Maori history.



Top fun activities in Rotorua



Freak of Nature Combo Package - Enjoy the adrenaline-fueled adventures of the 4WD Bush Safari and Monster 4X4 Thrill Ride in Rotorua's stunning Mamaku Plateau. Perfect for families, friends, and groups seeking high-octane fun off-road. 

100% Pure NZ - Raft the Kaituna River - Get an adrenaline rush as you navigate the rapids of the Kaituna River on a guided rafting tour, with stunning scenery and the opportunity to see native New Zealand wildlife.

Sledge the Kaituna River - Take on the rapids of the Kaituna River on a guided sledge tour, with experienced instructors leading the way and providing an exhilarating experience.

The Hells Gate Experience - Take a journey through one of New Zealand's most active geothermal areas and discover the natural healing powers of the mud and hot pools at the Hells Gate geothermal reserve.

Mount Tarawera and Waimangu Volcanic Valley plus Hot Pools - Experience the ultimate aerial tour. Fly over Mount Tarawera, explore Waimangu's volcanic landscapes, land at Lake Rotoiti natural hot pools only accessible by water to relax in secluded hot pools before flying back to the Rotorua lakefront. 



Best things to do with kids and childrens activities in Rotorua



The Farm Tour: Take your kids on a journey through a working farm and see first-hand how the farmers care for the animals. Meet and feed the friendly farm animals and learn about the farming process.

3D Trick Art Gallery - The kids will be amazed by the optical illusions and 3D artworks in this unique gallery, they will love to take pictures and participate in interactive exhibits.

Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village - Immerse your family in Maori culture and explore geothermal trails, witness cultural dances, and learn about traditions passed down through generations. An enriching experience for all ages awaits!

The Hells Gate Experience: Take a guided tour of the geothermal park and see the unique geothermal activity up close. Learn about the history of the area and the Maori culture. Kids will learn a lot from this activity and create long-lasting memories.

Buried Village Experience - Discover the history of Te Wairoa before the 1886 Mt Tarawera Eruption, perfect for families. Explore the excavated village, trails, and museum amidst stunning volcanic landscapes. Children can enjoy Smithy's Treasure Hunt to find treasure at the end of the visit. An educational and unforgettable adventure for the whole family.



Best day trips from Rotorua



Sledge the Kaituna River: This thrilling adventure takes you on a high-speed ride down the Kaituna River, where you'll experience the rush of the rapids and take in the stunning scenery of the New Zealand wilderness. It's perfect for adrenaline seekers who love to get a little wet.

100% Pure NZ - Raft the Kaituna River: This adventure takes you on a guided rafting tour down the Kaituna River, where you'll experience the thrill of the rapids and take in the beautiful New Zealand wilderness. This is a great option for families and kids who want to experience the thrill of the river in a safe and guided environment.

Action Bug! - Embark on an exhilarating day trip an hour's drive out of Rotorua. Riverbug through the stunning Rangitāiki River gorge for an adrenaline-filled adventure in New Zealand's picturesque wilderness. Connect with nature, learn about Māori culture, and hear captivating local stories as you navigate the whitewater in this stunning region.

Mount Tarawera Guided Volcanic Crater Hike: This guided hike takes you to the summit of Mount Tarawera, where you'll be able to see the beautiful crater of the volcano and take in the stunning views of the surrounding area. This is a great option for families and kids who want to experience the natural beauty of the area and learn about the history of the volcano.

Mount Tarawera Heli Hike - Embark on the ultimate adventure! Land atop Mount Tarawera for stunning views, then hike to Tarawera Falls along the crystal-clear Tarawera River. Picnic by cascades and swim in natural pools before a scenic boat return across Lake Tarawera. Experience New Zealand's natural wonder, an unforgettable experience.

Unique Experiences in Rotorua



The Hells Gate Experience - Take a journey through one of New Zealand's most active geothermal areas and discover the natural healing powers of the mud and hot pools at the Hells Gate geothermal reserve.

Kaituna River Rafting: Join the Original Kaituna Rafting Company for an unbeatable grade 5 white-water experience on one of New Zealand's most exciting and beautiful rivers! Enjoy the thrills and spills of the mighty Kaituna River as you take on the world famous 7 meter Tutea Falls, the highest commercially rafted waterfall!

Evening Glowworm Kayayak tour: Start your incredible evening Glowworm Tour at Waimarino alongside the Wairoa River. Enjoy delicious refreshments while watching the sun set over the rolling hills. At twilight, guides will lead you into the calm waters to discover the magic of the enchanting Glowworm canyon.

Rotorua Canopy Tours Ziplining Forest Adventure - Zip lining in Rotorua offers an exhilarating adventure through pristing native forests, with breath-taking views and thrilling zipline rides up to 400 meters long! perfect for nature lovers and thrill-seekers alike.

Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village - Explore traditional Maori culture and discover steaming geothermal trails, witness cultural dances, and delve into traditions passed down through generations. An enriching cultural experience, offering insight into New Zealand's indigenous heritage.



Best Attractions and things to do in Rotorua



Hells Gate Geothermal attraction

1. Hells Gate Geothermal Attraction

One of the best things to do in Rotorua is to visit Hells Gate. Steeped In Māori Myth And Legend, this Is New Zealand's Most Unique Geothermal attraction. If you want to experience bubbling mud, then Hell’s Gate is a great activity for all the family. Hell's Gate, Rotorua, Is New Zealand's Most Active Geothermal Reserve and Mud Spa where you watch the geothermal wonders or bubbling mud and other geothermal features and you can also relax in a mud spa bath to rejuvenate your skin. There are also options to try a Hangi – a traditional Maori meal.

 
Raft the mighty Kaituna River!

2. Raft the Mighty Kaituna River!

Experience the ultimate adrenaline rush with White Water Rafting on the Kaituna River in Rotorua. For adventure seekers in Rotorua this is an amazing activity being the largest commercially rafting waterfall in the world! Journeying through native bush, over 14 awesome rapids and 3 waterfalls including world-renowned 7 meter Tutea Falls, this exhilarating adventure promises heart-pounding excitement amidst stunning natural scenery. Navigate through turbulent rapids, guided by expert instructors, as you soak in the beauty of New Zealand's wilderness. Whether you're a thrill-seeker or nature enthusiast, Kaituna River rafting offers an unforgettable experience in Rotorua, perfect for solo adventurers, families, and groups alike. Book your white water rafting adventure today and discover why Rotorua is a premier destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

 
Rotorua Canopy Tours Ziplining Forest Adventure

3. Rotorua Canopy Tours Ziplining Forest Adventure

Embark on an exhilarating journey through the treetops with Rotorua Canopy Tours ziplining forest adventure. Nestled in the heart of Rotorua's majestic native forest, this eco-friendly experience offers breathtaking views and an adrenaline rush like no other. Glide through ancient trees on ziplines up to 400 meters long, and traverse suspension bridges high above the forest floor. Learn about New Zealand's conservation efforts and spot native birds in their natural habitat, all while enjoying the thrill of adventure in a pristine environment. Perfect for nature lovers and thrill-seekers of all ages, Rotorua Canopy Tours promises an unforgettable eco-adventure that combines fun, education, and the beauty of Rotorua's wilderness. There are kiwi guides that are highly trained to keep you safe, make you smile. Perfect thing to do for all ages over 6 years old. Book your ziplining forest adventure today and discover why it's a must-do experience in Rotorua.

 
Cycling and Mountain Biking

4. Cycling and Mountain Biking

Rotorua is a world-famous for mountain biking making this one of the best activities here with world-renowned networks of mountain bike trails. Whakarewarewa Forest, aka “the Redwoods Forest” is a fantastic attraction and contains nearly 200 kilometres of expertly built trails making this a fantastic thing to do being crafted to suit everyone, from absolute beginners through to extreme downhill competitors, and for any age and fitness level. Other top destinations for mountain bikers are Rainbow Mountain, Moerangi Track, Western Okataina Walkway, the Timber Trail and Whirinaki Forest Trails. If you’re a cycling enthusiast, riding Te Ara Ahi Thermal by Bike is a great option and it takes you past geothermal areas, beautiful lakes and forests, and significant historical and cultural sites.

 
Hike Mount Tarawera

5. Hike Mount Tarawera

Take an amazing walk on Mt Tarawera. Mt Tarawera in Rotorua famously had a huge eruption in 1886, destroying the legendary Pink and White Terraces and the villages and landscape around it. Walking on this vibrant red volcano with Guided Volcanic Crater Hike is a great way to embrace the landscape and history of this place and is an awesome short alternative to the landscape you would experience on the Tongariro Crossing. This fully guided walking experience shows the unique landscape and history of the area with unmatched scenic vistas and 360 panoramic views. This activity is ideal for all ages

 
Scenic Cruise on Lake Rotorua

6. Scenic Lake Rotoiti Kayak Tour

Embark on a serene adventure with a scenic Lake Rotoiti Kayak Tour. Explore the pristine waters of Lake Rotoiti nestled amidst lush native forests and stunning mountain vistas. Paddle through tranquil waters while soaking in the breathtaking natural beauty of Rotorua's landscapes. Expert guides will lead you to hidden coves and secluded beaches, offering opportunities to spot native birdlife and learn about the area's rich Maori history. Whether you're a novice or experienced kayaker, this tour promises a peaceful yet immersive experience in one of New Zealand's most picturesque settings. Book your Scenic Lake Rotoiti Kayak Tour today and create lasting memories of Rotorua's beauty and tranquility.

 
River sledging!

7. River sledging!

The most exhilarating white water activity with Rotorua's original River Sledging company. Experience the thrill of conquering the Grade 3 rapids on the Kaituna River with an exhilarating River Sledging adventure. Dive into the heart-pounding action as you navigate through turbulent waters and navigate thrilling drops under the guidance of our experienced instructors. This adrenaline-pumping activity combines the excitement of white water rafting with the freedom of navigating the river on a sled. Perfect for adventure seekers looking to push their limits, our River Sledging experience promises an unforgettable journey through Rotorua's stunning natural landscapes. Book your adventure today and discover why the Kaituna River is a premier destination for white water enthusiasts!

 



Free Attractions and Things to do in Rotorua



Redwoods Forest

1. Visit the Rotorua Redwood Forest

Explore the Redwood Forest in Rotorua. Whakarewarewa Forest, commonly known as the Redwood Forest offers a wealth of free activities amidst towering giants. Walk, run, or mountain bike through serene trails with stunning scenery, perfect for capturing memorable family photos and selfies. Accessible by city bus, it's ideal for all visitors. At night, witness enchanting light displays among the trees, adding a magical touch to your experience. There are a number of trails to choose from throughout the park of towering Califonia redwood trees including to a lookout with views of Rotorua. Whether you're seeking outdoor adventure, photography opportunities, or a peaceful retreat, the Redwood Forest promises a captivating day out for free!

 
Fishing Activities

2. Fishing Activities in and around Rotorua


Fishing in Rotorua is a cherished pastime, drawing anglers to its renowned lakes, rivers, and streams. The Rotorua Lakes District is a paradise for trout fishing, boasting 13 fishable lakes and numerous waterways teeming with rainbow and brown trout. Anglers can enjoy the challenge of catching trophy-sized fish in the region's pristine natural settings. Rotorua's streams and rivers are particularly known for producing some of the largest and wildest freshwater fish. Whether you're a seasoned fisherman or a novice seeking adventure, Rotorua offers exceptional opportunities to reel in unforgettable fishing experiences amidst stunning landscapes.

 
Rotorua Lakefront and Boardwalk

3. Rotorua Lakefront and Boardwalk

Rotorua Lakefront offers a vibrant public space teeming with activities and stunning scenery. A recent $40 million redevelopment has transformed it into a premier destination with a beautiful boardwalk featuring expansive pathways along the lakeshore and over the water, offering panoramic views of Mokoia Island. Families can delight in epic playgrounds, landscaped grounds with native flora and sculptures, and ample seating for relaxation. Whether for a scenic walk, playground fun, or simply enjoying serene lake vistas, Rotorua Lakefront is a must-visit. Conveniently located near Rotorua's town center, it combines natural beauty with easy access to shops and dining options.

 
Government Gardens

4. Government Gardens

Government Gardens is one of Rotorua’s historic landmarks and one of Rotorua’s top tourism destinations. This is a stunning attraction is situated along the edge of Lake Rotorua and just minutes from the city center. A walk through Government Gardens takes you to see many free attractions including ancient bubbling geothermal pools, sculptures, traditional and modern Māori-inspired art, and beautifully manicured grounds for lots of fun activities such as bowls, croquet, petanque and golf. There are some historically significant buildings here including a Tudor-Style Bath House, built onsite and opened in 1908 which now houses the Rotorua Museum and Art Gallery, The Blue Baths with ornate Mediterranean-style public swimming house which was the first of its kind in the world to allow both men and women bathe in the same pool. Also there is the Klamath Falls Rose Gardens where roses are in bloom from mid-November to June, Te Runanga Tea Rooms built in 1903 as a tea pavilion, a band rotunda built in 1900 and various other buildings of historic interest.

 
Centennial Park

5. Centennial Park

Centennial Park is a serene retreat located in Rotorua, spanning 20 hectares of lush grasslands, dotted with trees and rolling hills. It's renowned for its Peace Memorial and Maple Grove, particularly captivating in early spring when native tui birds flock to the blooming trees. The park's eco-friendly maintenance includes sheep as natural groundskeepers, adding to its pastoral charm. Visitors can access Centennial Park easily by car or a pleasant walk from central Rotorua, offering a peaceful escape amidst natural beauty. Remember to close gates behind you to respect the park's ecosystem and enjoy a tranquil day surrounded by New Zealand's native flora and fauna.

 
Kuirau Geothermal Public Park

6. Kuirau Geothermal Public Park

Explore the unique geothermal wonders of Kuirau Park, the only public geothermal park in New Zealand. Located just a short walk from Rotorua's city center, near Pukuatua and Ranolf streets, it offers free admission and a plethora of attractions. Wander along several scenic walkways to witness natural boiling, bubbling, and steaming features including a crater lake, mud pools, and hot springs. Don't miss the free thermal foot bath for a soothing experience amidst beautifully landscaped grounds adorned with flower beds and native flora. Kuirau Park provides a serene escape into Rotorua's geothermal landscape, ideal for a leisurely stroll or educational exploration of natural phenomena.

 
Visit Lake Ōkareka

7. Visit Lake Ōkareka 

Lake Ōkareka boasts one of Rotorua's largest beaches, a popular destination especially in the warmer months. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities such as swimming, fishing, and picnicking amidst stunning natural surroundings. The beach features a designated picnic area equipped with barbecues and a children's playground, making it ideal for family outings. A highlight is the scenic walkway that winds along the shore, passing by two local jumping rocks where adventurous souls can take a plunge into the clear waters. Lake Ōkareka offers a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure, inviting visitors to unwind and explore its natural beauty.

 
Visit Ōhinemutu Village, Rotorua

8. Visit Ōhinemutu Village, Rotorua

Explore Ōhinemutu Village in Rotorua to immerse yourself in its rich cultural and historical significance. Settled by the Ngāti Whakaue iwi over 670 years ago, this village showcases traditional Māori life amidst geothermal wonders along Lake Rotorua's shores. Ngāti Whakaue's ancestral gift forms the foundation of modern Rotorua, and today, visitors can stroll through this living village, just a short walk from the city center, free of charge. Marvel at steaming vents, boiling hot pools, and the serene natural beauty that embodies spiritual tranquility. Admire the intricately carved Tamatekapua meeting house adorned with luminous paua shells, offering a glimpse into Māori craftsmanship and heritage.

 
Hike to Lake Tikitapu and Lake Rotokakahi

9. Hike to Lake Tikitapu and Lake Rotokakahi

Embark on a scenic hike from Redwood Forest to discover the stunning beauty of Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) and Lake Rotokakahi (Green Lake). Located 9km (6 miles) southeast of Rotorua, follow Te Ngae Road then Tarawera Road at the roundabout. As you ascend, enjoy panoramic views where both lakes unveil their distinct hues of vibrant blue and green waters. The trail offers nature enthusiasts a rewarding journey through native forests and elevated viewpoints, providing an ideal opportunity to appreciate the natural splendor and tranquility of these pristine lakes nestled in Rotorua's picturesque landscape.

 
Kerosene Creek

10. Kerosene Creek

Kerosene Creek, a hidden gem near Rotorua, offers a unique natural experience. Located approximately 30 minutes south of Rotorua, off State Highway 5, visitors can easily access this geothermal hot spot. A short walk through native bush leads to a warm stream where natural hot springs mix with cold water, creating a soothing thermal pool. The secluded setting amidst lush forest adds to its allure, providing a serene escape for relaxation and rejuvenation. Kerosene Creek's free and tranquil environment makes it a popular destination for locals and tourists seeking a natural hot spring experience away from the city bustle.

 

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