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Rotorua

Discover the geothermal, adventure, and cultural wonderland of Rotorua, a city perched atop one of the world's most active volcanoes. As you explore, you may see steam rising from cracks in the road, bubbling and hissing water in pools along the lake's edge, and, of course, the unmistakable smell of sulfur. Rotorua is rich in Māori culture and history, with many Māori inhabitants having recognised the great potential of the volcanic land. Your stay in Rotorua will be filled with activities. For an outdoor adventure, head to The Redwoods and experience the rainforest treetops from high up. If you’re lucky, you might spot some of New Zealand's native birds, such as the Piwakawaka (Fantail) and the Tui. Alternatively, enjoy the Lake Tikitapu Blue Lake Walk or explore Kuirau Park, where you'll find bubbling mud pools and steaming lakes. Don't miss the private thermal reserves such as Whakarewarewa and Wai-O-Tapu, where you can walk among bubbling mud pools, spouting geysers, and sulfur ponds. Just a few minutes from the town center, Mt. Ngongotaha, and the Skyline Gondola and Luge offer breathtaking views of the lake, while the Agrodome Center promises adventure and adrenaline. Here, you can ride the Zorb, speed up to 100kph on a jet boat, simulate skydiving, or take the plunge on a giant swing. Rotorua's rich Māori culture is a must-see. Take a magical tour around Te Puia, or stroll along the lake edge to reach one of the country's oldest Māori villages at Ohinemutu. When hunger strikes, visit Eat Street in Rotorua CBD, a vibrant street lined with delicious eateries and restaurants to satisfy any craving.  No visit to Rotorua would be complete without experiencing Rotorua's original tourist attraction - a relaxing spa treatment. Whether you are seeking adventure, culture, or relaxation, Rotorua offers an unforgettable experience.

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is a spectacular showcase of New Zealand’s most colourful and unique geothermal elements sculpted by thousands of years of volcanic activity. You are introduced to a uniquely different natural landscape – the key to what you see lies below the surface – one of the most extensive geothermal systems in New Zealand, extending over 18-sq. km. Enjoy viewing unique volcanic features as you walk at your own pace along well-defined tracks. Relax in the first-class Visitor Centre, home to the Gift Shop and Café facilities. Visit the Mud Pool, the largest in New Zealand, it was originally the site of a large mud volcano which was destroyed through erosion in the 1920s. See the history and beauty of the Lady Knox Geyser at 10:15 am every day. Lady Knox Geyser provides a unique opportunity to see an eruption to heights of 10 to 20 metres.

Te Ra Daytime Experience at Te Puia

Te Ra Daytime Experience at Te Puia

Te Puia welcomes you to explore the magic hidden within Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley. Become face-to-face with the majestic Pōhutu Geyser, the largest naturally active geyser in the Southern Hemisphere. Feel the thrill as it erupts, sending plumes of steam into the sky. Then, step into the Kiwi Conservation Centre, for a close-up encounter with this rare native species, a symbol of our nation's unique wildlife. Part of your ticket is donated to support the conservation of the Kiwi in this sanctuary. As you continue through the Te Puia Valley, look upon the dynamic landscape of bubbling mud pools, and steaming vents and feel the power that the land holds. Throughout this, everywhere you look you will see beautifully crafted Māori-made artwork and sculptures, each piece a story carved in wood and stone, adding a layer of cultural depth to the natural beauty. Step into the New Zealand Māori-made artwork and sculptures, each piece a story carved in wood and stone, adding a layer of cultural depth to the natural beauty. The guides are direct descendants of the original tour guides, and you can feel their excitement to show their culture and land. 

Te Pā Tū Evening Maori Cultural Experience - Dinner Included

Te Pā Tū Evening Maori Cultural Experience - Dinner Included

New Zealand’s Most Awarded Cultural Attraction, presenting Te Pā Tū. Feast on song, drama, tradition, and divine seasonal kai (cuisine) within the forest Pā (village) blanketed by towering Tawa trees, blazing bonfires, and a forest-formed amphitheatre. Te Pā Tū shares Māori history, traditions, and cultural aspirations across 4-hours of celebration and feasting. These events change with each season of the maramataka, the Māori lunar calendar. 

National Kiwi Hatchery Tour

National Kiwi Hatchery Tour

The National Kiwi Hatchery Tour is a special opportunity to gain insight into and view this highly regarded conservation centre. Developed with the visitor experience in mind, the hatchery boasts special viewing opportunities and is hosted by kiwi expert guides who ensure guests leave fully informed and all questions answered. Learn all about New Zealand’s intriguing national icon and the efforts of the kiwi husbandry team, see and discover what it takes to hatch and rare chicks, and if you’re lucky, see baby chicks in person!

Agrodome Farm Show and Farm Tour Combo

Agrodome Farm Show and Farm Tour Combo

Set on a 350-acre working sheep and cattle farm with 1200 sheep and 120 beef cattle, the Agrodome gives its visitors a hands-on, live farming experience. The Farm Show stars a cast of talented animals – not just sheep! The remarkable farm dogs will amaze you, as they demonstrate their ability to respond to commands and keep those sheep (and ducks!) in line. Then pop across to the herding area to watch a free live dog trial after the show! Explore the farm and learn the history of New Zealand agriculture on custom designed farm trailers. Along the way, there are fascinating things to learn and a few laughs too! You’ll get to hand-feed and take photos with all sorts of friendly animals, including Romney sheep, cattle, deer, llamas, ostrich, pigs and alpacas. Explore the fruit orchard and olive grove and have the chance to taste natural kiwifruit juice and delicious sweet honey that comes from the farm.

Mitai Maori Cultural Experience

Mitai Maori Cultural Experience

Enter the world of Mitai and learn about the history of this area which was once flourished in villages. See fierce warriors in traditional dress paddle an ancient warrior canoe (waka) down the Wai-o-Whiro stream and the story of the migration of Tamatekapua of the Te Arawa canoe to Aotearoa and the Māori Pacifica connection told in dance form.

Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Waimangu Volcanic Valley

In 1886, Mount Tarawera in Rotorua erupted, and destroyed the surrounding area. The eruption opened the earth along a 17km rift, splitting Mount Tarawera in two, exploding Lake Rotomahana to 20 times its original size, and forming the seven craters that today make up the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Within 15 years of the Eruption, the hot springs of the Waimangu Geothermal System were established within the newly formed craters, making this the world's newest geothermal eco-system. Plant life returned to the devastated land 30 years after the 1886 eruption. Today Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Lake Rotomahana are wholly protected as a Scenic Reserve and Wildlife Refuge. Here you can enjoy a range of easy walking to advanced hiking. They also have a boat cruise on Lake Rotomahana which can be added to the experience.

Gondola Ride with Skyline Rotorua

Gondola Ride with Skyline Rotorua

Take the Skyline Scenic Gondola ride up the side of the dormant volcano Mount Ngongotaha (487 metres above sea level) where you can experience spectacular views of the city and lake. At the top, you can choose to Luge, Mountain Bike, Zoom Zipline, Skyswing, check out the nature trails, shop at the INZPIRED Store or the Jelly Belly Store, enjoy Volcanic Hills wine tasting and dine at Market Kitchen or Stratosfare Restaurant.

All Day Pass with Whakarewarewa Maori Village

All Day Pass with Whakarewarewa Maori Village

Join a tour through a real Living Maori Village, take a walk through the magnificent geothermal fields and watch a cultural performance. Experience how Maori have traditionally used the natural geothermal energy in daily activities, from cooking in the bubbling waters and steam, to heating their homes and bathing in the therapeutic and refreshing waters. This package is entertaining and informative with a focus on giving everyone an understanding of the Maori history, culture and the and how the villagers live in the challenging Whakarewarewa Geothermal field and the significance of protecting it for future generations. 

Lake Rotoiti Starlight Kayaking Tour

Lake Rotoiti Starlight Kayaking Tour

Enjoy an evening adventure kayaking out over one of New Zealand’s most stunning water ways, Lake Rotoiti. Enjoy the beautiful scenery, abundant birdlife, and learn the myths and legends linked to the area, before kayaking over to the stunning Manupirua Hot Pools. Adventure out to the magical glow worm cave as the sun goes behind the hills to learn the life cycle and legends of the glow worms.
On the way back see how the lake is transformed by the moon and the twinkling stars above, with the night sky being the perfect end to the adventure.

Ultimate Ziplining Experience with Rotorua Canopy Tours

Ultimate Ziplining Experience with Rotorua Canopy Tours

Embark on a three and a half hour adventure through native New Zealand forest. Journey through the beautiful forest canopy via an incredible network of trails, tree platforms, Ziplines and swing bridges, journey deeper into natural New Zealand than ever before with the Ultimate Canopy Tour. See breathtaking views of the woodland valleys and hills as you fly through tight openings in the trees. In between the thrill of the ziplines and suspended tree bridges, your guides will share their passion and knowledge for the forest and the conservation challenges to preserve it. 

4WD Guided Cultural Tour with Kahukiwi Experiences

4WD Guided Cultural Tour with Kahukiwi Experiences

Based in the sacred Te Takinga Marae in Rotorua, Kahukiwi Experiences offers a never before seen window into the landscapes, ways of life and heritage of the Ngāti Pikiao tribe. Explore the untouched, sacred land of the Ngāti Pikiao tribe in this intimate 4WD experience. Guided by a local and highly knowledgeable Māori guide, you’ll explore a stunning marae (a communal and social gathering place), landscapes and never-before-seen views that look over Rotorua’s lake district. En route, you’ll learn the myths and legends of local people, rich history and fascinating ways of life.

Kayaking Glow Worm Tour with Paddle Board Rotorua

Kayaking Glow Worm Tour with Paddle Board Rotorua

The Rotorua Glow Worm Kayaking Tour is one of the most unique and magical ways to see New Zealands glow worms. Explore the shoreline and embrace the weather conditions of the evening as you follow your guide around the lake edge as night sets in. Once its dark, discover your adventurous side as your guide leads you inside incredible hidden caves home to galaxies of glow worms. Take ample time to enjoy the magical moments inside the caves before returning along your course in the dark. If it is a clear night the magic continues as the stars come out and the cloudy appearance of the milky-way fills the sky. Upon returning to the base you will feel like you have been in another world for the past few hours and will likely have made some new friends through the wonder of this experience.

Eco Thermal Park - Eco Thermal Full Day Tour with Elite Adventures

Eco Thermal Park - Eco Thermal Full Day Tour with Elite Adventures

Experience an eco-tour with Elite Adventures witnessing some of the best sites in Rotorua on the full-day tour! This tour accommodates small groups of no more than 12 people. Combine the morning tour with the afternoon tours for a full day! Learn about the huge colorful hot springs, erupting geysers and active boiling mud pools, spectacular volcanoes, and lush native forest.

Hot Lakes Cycle Tour with Happy Ewe Cycle Tours

Hot Lakes Cycle Tour with Happy Ewe Cycle Tours

On this tour, you will visit 27 locations that best represents Rotorua's historical, geological and cultural identity. Your local guide will share with you their amazing history, take you to the best photo spots and show you Rotorua from a local point of view. This tour is perfect for people of all ages.

Off Road NZ - 4WD Bush Safari

Off Road NZ - 4WD Bush Safari

This is the ultimate 4WD adventure, deep in the New Zealand bush. The terrain is rugged and remote, making this journey challenging and thrilling. Buckle in and share the driving in one of Off Road NZ’s 4WDs. Your professional guide, up ahead, gives you instructions while your heart is racing with anticipation. Traverse unbelievably steep climbs and descents; tight, twisting bends; deep, muddy holes; the 4WD rocks and pitches. Fly past foliage and maneuver across a creek with a bridge of poles. Suddenly, experience the luge: a six metre-high controlled slide down a near-vertical 80-degree slope. Take a leap of faith on this adrenaline pumping experience!

Starlight Gourmet Kayak Tour with Waimarino

Starlight Gourmet Kayak Tour with Waimarino

Experience an evening adventure kayaking over one of New Zealand's most stunning waterways, Lake Rotoiti. Enjoy the beautiful scenery, abundant birdlife, and learn the myths and legends linked to the area as you paddle towards the magical Glowworm cave. You will paddle across the lake to the stunning Manupirua Hot Pools, which are only accessible by water. Here, you will have a tasty freshly cooked BBQ dinner along with delicious kiwi desert. On the way to the hidden Glowworm cave, you will see how the lake is magically transformed by the moon and twinkling stars above.

Twilight Paddle and Glow Worm Tour with Paddle Board Rotorua

Twilight Paddle and Glow Worm Tour with Paddle Board Rotorua

Enjoy the Rotorua Lakes as the sun sets at the twilight hour on an amazing stand-up paddle board scenic tour as you are guided to an incredible cavern home to a galaxy formation of glow-worms. This paddle-board experience you will never forget. This experience starts with a short drive of approximately 15 minutes leads you past the iconic Redwood and Whakarewarewa forest before you descend to the lake to begin the adventures. Once at the Lake your friendly, professional local guide will unload all the equipment for your group and get you kitted-out for the paddle boarding experience. Sound safety and instruction briefings follow as you learn to paddle board or hone your existing skills. No paddle board experience is required - most tour members have never paddle boarded before but with the quality and skill of the instructors most people are standing up and paddling within 15 minutes; there is always the option to paddle sitting or kneeling on the board if this is more comfortable. An amazing time then ensues stand-up paddle boarding on the lake as you soak in the natural surroundings as the sun goes down. Once the sun goes down you will search for the hidden caves, once in the cave, you will be amazed at the incredible glow worms that number in the thousands and appear like a galaxy above you. If you are lucky with a clear sky, the return paddle will continue your sense of awe and wonder with amazing stars lighting the sky.

45 Minute Hot Tub Session with Secret Spot Hot Tubs Rotorua

45 Minute Hot Tub Session with Secret Spot Hot Tubs Rotorua

Surrounded by nature, nestled in the ferns overlooking the Whakarewarewa Forest and Puarenga Stream are the stunning private cedar hot tubs. With drinks on tao at the push of a button, the hot tub is the perfect spot to relax and unwind with family and friends! Enjoy a 45-minute soak in the 39.9-degree fresh non-geothermal water. After your soak head out to the cafe where you can soak your feet in a complementary shinny dip (a mini foot hot tub) while you relax with a beverage or grab a bite to eat.

Behind the scenes exclusive tour with National Kiwi Hatchery

Behind the scenes exclusive tour with National Kiwi Hatchery

This comprehensive 1-hour guided experience is a truly unique opportunity to learn about the world-renowned kiwi hatchery conservation program. You are invited to step ‘behind the glass’ for an immersive experience to join the hatchery team in a staff-only area to learn about the incubation and chick rearing techniques from global experts. Learn all about New Zealand’s intriguing national icon and the efforts of the kiwi husbandry team, see and discover what it takes to hatch and rare chicks, and if you’re lucky, see baby chicks in person! Afterwards, take more time to learn in the interactive kiwi burrow and see adult kiwi roam and forage in our purpose-built Nocturnal house.

Monster 4X4 Thrill Ride - Off Road NZ

Monster 4X4 Thrill Ride - Off Road NZ

Strap yourself in to an impressive v6 Monster 4x4 and hold tight while you experience the ultimate thrill ride. Accelerate deep into the bush and up and down steep tracks and near-vertical slopes including the 'Window Maker' and 'Loggers Long Drop'. Hold a white knuckled grip as the 4x4 twists, bucks, swerves and tilts.

North Island Volcanic Adventure with Active Adventures - DAY 1 - Lunch and Dinner included

North Island Volcanic Adventure with Active Adventures - DAY 1 - Lunch and Dinner included

Today, you’ll be picked up by your guides, leaving the city behind, and drive south to the township of Te Aroha. The town is one of the country’s top tourist spots, celebrated for its naturally hot soda waters and Mokena geyser. Today’s hike winds its way amongst tree roots and mossy rocks, and across several bridged river crossings to a lookout platform at the base of the Wairere Falls on the Okauia fault line. Afterward, you’ll go to Rotorua, considered the heartland of New Zealand’s Maori culture and the spiritual home of New Zealand’s tangata whenua (original people of the land).

Speed & Spins Jet Boat Tour

Speed & Spins Jet Boat Tour

Feel the rush of adrenaline as high powered engines blast you over the water up to 85 km/h, and experienced drivers throw the boats into 360° spins. Visit iconic landmarks around Lake Rotorua, and learn the history of the area, the people, and the events that have shaped this special place into the cultural capital of New Zealand.

Steaming Cliffs Kayak with Paddle Board Rotorua

Steaming Cliffs Kayak with Paddle Board Rotorua

Explore the amazing scenery of Lake Rotomahana on this spectacular guided kayaking tour. Watch the steam rise from the steaming cliffs as you are immersed in the wonders of worlds youngest geothermal system. Along the way you will learn the story of this incredible valley as you paddle your way past geothermal features exclusive only to this beautiful part of New Zealand.

Tarawera Falls

Tarawera Falls

The Tarawera Falls are just a short drive through forest and bush from the small town of Kawerau. The river disappears underground and reappears gushing out of the rock face at the falls. A short walk through bush along the river delivers you to a viewing area.