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Rotorua has something to please every traveller. Whether you want to soak in a mud bath, zipline across the forest or immerse yourself in Maori culture, here are our top recommendations for activities and experiences you don’t want to miss out on when visiting Rotorua.
Add Wai-O-Tapu Park, one of New Zealand’s most colourful and vibrant geothermal parks, to your list of places to visit in Rotorua. The park features mud baths, hot springs, sulfuric pools and geysers, the most famous one being the Lady Known Geyser, which erupts 10-15 metres in the air at 10:15am daily.
Make your way to Skyline Rotorua and jump aboard the gondola to reach one of the best vantage points for views of Lake Rotorua and the city. Skyline Gondola is also a gateway for activities including the Rotorua Luge, ziplining and mountain biking. You’ll find multiple dining options available too.
Take in panoramic views of Lake Rotorua and the countryside as you soar 400 feet above water during a parasailing adventure. Choose between a solo or tandem flight, depending on how daring you’re feeling.
If you’re yet to tick off bungy jumping on your bucket list, here’s your chance. The 42-metre bungy jump overlooks Paradise Valley in Rotorua and it’s the ultimate thrill-seeker activity for adrenaline junkies visiting Rotorua.
Immerse yourself in a cultural experience with one of the world’s oldest remaining cultures of the Maori people. This evening tour features a traditional hāngi feast with poi dancing and a haka performance. You’ll learn about traditional tools and weapons, tattoo art and the history of the Maori people.
Put your life jacket on and paddle out onto Lake Rotoiti for a guided evening kayak tour. Learn about the myths and legends linked to the surrounding area and take in the serene views on the waterway, before kayaking to the Manupirua Hot Pools for a gourmet barbecue dinner. On the way back to your starting destination, you’ll pass by the magical glowworm caves as the sun goes down.
Experience thrills, spills and rapids on the Kaituna River during a white water journey that will have you manoeuvring past boulders, steep forges and rocky rapids at an exhilarating speed. Looking for the ultimate thrill-seeking experience for kids in Rotorua? This is it.
Make your way through the North Island’s forest during a zipline canopy tour. An experience that adventurers of all ages will enjoy, you will be led across ziplines, swingbridges, spiral staircases and forest trails. You will also learn about New Zealand’s native flora and fauna along the way.
The Redwoods Forest, also known as Whakarewarewa Forest, is a mecca for hikers, mountain bikers and horse riders. It is filled with Californian Redwoods, native flora and exotic trees, making it the perfect place to explore at your own pace.
If you are in Rotorua on a Thursday or Saturday, you don’t want to miss out on browsing the stalls and enjoying the live music and entertainment at the Rotorua Night Markets and the Saturday Markets. You can expect to find locally made goods including artisan food, art and craft.
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