Rotorua Attractions and Activities

rotorua1Rotorua, New Zealand, is the seat of the local Maori culture and the geothermal earth forces. The land is one of the tourist hot spots in New Zealand and offers vacationers a myriad of activities to indulge in. The unassuming Maoris and the modernized versions of Rotorua offer a visual feast of the perfect blend of the old and the new. There are a number of spas that offer complete rejuvenation and relaxation of mind, body and soul.

New Zealand, the Land of the Low Skies celebrates Rotorua as its very soul. The land is synonymous with thrills and adventure and you can indulge in anything from bungee jumping and paragliding to mountain climbing and nature trails. Rotorua, New Zealand flaunts natural assets like sixteen lakes and exciting biking trails through the mountains. Whether you fancy playing golf or going trout fishing or even taking leisure forest walks, Rotorua is the place to be!

Rotorua is replete with nature’s bounty and offers tourists a number of activities. The place is rich in history and culture and stories of the many legends and famous personalities that walked the land. The people are very hospitable and ever ready to lend a helping hand and this adds to the overall Rotorua experience.

rotorua2Rotorua has many star graded eateries and lodging options and travel agents help you access great package deals, inclusive of sightseeing and bed-and-breakfast. Rotorua is undoubtedly New Zealand’s experience extraordinaire. The place is known to be revitalizing to the spirit and relaxing to the body. The Rotorua experience is one of a kind.

Rotorua Day Tours

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Agrodome Sheep Show

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The Agrodome is one on New Zealand’s most loved tourist attractions. Located just 10 kms north of the Rotorua CBD, the Agrodome is home to the multi award winning Sheep Show . This famous Rotorua attraction features live sheep shearing, 19 breeds of champion rams, cow milking, lamb feeding, dog demonstrations as well as a full New Zealand dog trial. There are three exciting shows a day at 9.30am, 11.00am and 2.30pm. Each Sheep Show is an hour duration.

Just 15 minutes north of Rotorua CBD, this all weather attraction is open 365 days of the year from 8.30am to 5.00pm.

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Agroventures Adventure Park


Welcome to Agroventures - New Zealand's most thrilling adventure playground that boasts not one or two, but FIVE high octane rides that will set your adventurous side alight. The fun began in 1999 with the opening of the world's first commercial sprint boat the Agrojet and was closely followed by Rotorua Bungy, the super body swing Swoop, the Southern Hemisphere’s first wind tunnel Freefall Xtreme and finally the one and only Shweeb!...All of which promise to take you to the edge of your limitations. Situated in the idyllic surroundings of Paradise Valley just 10 minutes north of Rotorua and accompanied by a host of wildlife (foreign and native from Buffalo to ostriches), our picturesque park is the perfect setting for family adventures, team building, school trips or even an exotic picnic. Pick Two activities from the following: Swoop Feel your heart beat as the anticipation increases ....
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Fishpipe OGO


Invented only three years ago, the Fishpipe is a ‘”different spin” on a traditional OGO Ride. Climb into the Fishpipe either by yourself or with a friend; strap in and hang on as you take on the mechanical spin cycle. Feel the momentum build as we set you spinning for 90 seconds of head over heels fun! Not for the faint hearted you’ll reach up to 35 revolutions per minute. We control the speed; slow for the uncertain and furious for the extremists! This is a DRY ride and riders must be over 1.5m tall. IMPORTANT INFORMATION 6 years and over 120 kg and under per person 250 kg and under for combined weight Yes - you will get wet Yes - we can control the speed 1.5 minutes @ up to 45 rpm for 600 m Yes - we have hire clothing available THE DEAL Can’t get enough? Purchase the OGO combo and enjoy any 3 OGO rides for one price. Choose from: OGO Fishpipe Harness OGO H2OGO Sidewinder ....
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H2OGO Sidewinder OGO


The experience of rolling down a hill inside a giant inflatable ball has been an iconic adventure experience since Andrew and David Akers developed their first operation in Rotorua back in 1997. Visitors are rewarded with spectacular views over Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island as they Superman-dive into the OGO. With a 350 metre long track; this is the world’s longest zig-zag ride. Either one or two people ride the OGO down together, sliding in 40 litres of water (cool in summer, warm in winter) getting speed up on the straights before riding up the sides of the 6 massive corners. Riders must be over 6 years of age. Shorts, t-shirts and towels are available for hire. THE DEAL Can’t get enough? Purchase the OGO combo and enjoy any 3 OGO rides for one price. Choose from: OGO Fishpipe Harness OGO H2OGO Sidewinder OGO H2OGO Straight Track IMPORTANT INFORMATION You know the rules You can....
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Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tour


Your tour starts from Rotorua with a scenic drive across the Kaimai Ranges to The Shires Rest Cafe. It then continues through the picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will escort you through the ten acre site recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton set was created.

The Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn, Mill and other structures created for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films can be viewed and you will see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth.

Upon completion of your tour of the set you will return to The Shires Rest to enjoy the Sheep Farm Experience followed by a complimentary snack. You are then returned to Rotorua.

Tour duration from Rotorua: 4 1/2 hours (approx).

Departure times from Tourism Rotorua (1167 Fenton St) are 8-30am and 1-30pm....

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Kawarau Jet


Welcome to Kawarau Jet, based on the shores of scenic Lake Rotorua, New Zealand. If ever a jet boat ride lived up to its catch-cry of speed, spins and adrenaline, it’s got to be with Kawarau Jet. You’ll only have to look at the smiley faces of passengers who’ve embarked from the big yellow boat to know they’ve had an awesome experience. We offer an endless range of jet boat rides, combining sight seeing and the cultural aspects of the surrounding area with the speed, spins and adrenalin. People of all ages and large groups are welcome to step aboard and cruise with us across the waters of Lake Rotorua. Browse through our site or click here to read more about the different adventure options.....
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Kawarau Jet Parasailing


Our latest adventure is literally “taking off” . Kjet parasailing is truly a unique experience where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the exhilaration of free flight up to 400 feet and some of the best views in the world.

Launching from the flight deck of our 26 foot Parasail vessel, there is either Tandem or Solo 10-12 minute flights before gently landing back on the deck.

No experience necessary
Minimum age is 12 years
Observers are on board for a small fee
Minimum weight 50 kg and maximum 200 kg
The boat comfortably takes 8-10 people on board at once

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Kawarau Jet SkyJet Combo


We have combined the “Speed Spins and Adrenalin of Jet Boating and the exhilaration of Parasailing and created the ultimate combo “SkyJet”.

The ultimate combo is “Licensed to Thrill” and provides you with 30 minutes of adrenalin pumping action on Lake Rotorua with the thrills of New Zealand Jet Boating and 10-12 minutes airtime Parasailing to relax and enjoy the exhilaration of free flight and admire the amazing Rotorua scenery.

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Lakeland Queen – Lunch Cruise


Need a quick getaway mid-day? Well look no further! The Lakeland Queen offers lovely views, delicious food, and wonderful staff—everything you need to feel re-energized for the day ahead! Join us on the Queen for our 1 hour Express Lunch Cruise departing at 1pm daily* including breathtaking views of Mokoia Island Sulphur Bay, and the peaceful sights of Rotorua town. There is plenty of time to enjoy some sweet treats or tea and coffee before heading back to the Lakefront an hour later…..this truly is an experience not to be missed! *Minimum numbers apply....
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Mitai Maori Village

Mitai Maori Village is situated a 5 minute drive from the centre of town in Rotorua. Be enthralled by the natural bush setting, see warriors in traditional dress paddle an ancient warrior canoe (waka) down the Wai-o-whiro stream, and don’t miss the only opportunity in the Rotorua area to see glow worms in their natural habitat. Be captivated by the displays of weaponry and combat, coupled with the grace and beauty of the poi dance. The Mitai family is proud to have created a sacred and spiritual place that offers an indigenous cultural experience like no other.....
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Nzone Skydiving Rotorua – 12,000 / 15,000 ft jump


It takes a certain kind of person to jump from an aircraft at 12,000 or 15,000ft into thin air. It takes courage. Harnessed by space age materials to an experienced qualified Jumpmaster, you step out that aircraft door and for some 60 seconds you plummet toward the ground at 200kph, Terminal Velocity. The Jumpmaster will deploy the reinforced tandem canopy controlling your entire skydive. Expect sensory overload as your mind/body/soul fight against every natural self preservatory urge. DROPZONE Our Dropzone is conveniently located at the Rotorua Airport. Here you can select your photo and video options. At our viewing area, you will be able to see other skydivers both in the sky and coming into land. There are drinks and snacks available, toilets and a souvenir clothing and gifts store. We also have lockers to store your valuables while skydiving. WHAT TO BRING You will be provided with a jum....
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Paradise Valley Springs


At Paradise Valley Springs, visitors can interact with a variety of wildlife that is found wild around New Zealand. Animals such as Deer, Pigs, Thar and Wallabies may be hand fed.

See Rainbow and Brown Trout in our crystal-clear pools and wild in the Ngongotaha Stream that winds through our park.
Get up close to friendly farm animals in the lively streamside farmwalk, Alpacas, Goats and Sheep to name a few. View native New Zealand birds, waterfowl on our wetlands and walk-through with our native alpine parrots the Kea.

Taste pure spring water straight from our natural spring, or purchase some of our own bottled 'Paradise Pure' to take away with you.

Experience our elevated rainforest treetops walkway, hidden six metres high amongst bush and huge native trees.

Get close to our Lion pride and check out our exciting Lion feeding at 2.30pm every day. PLUS, come and p....

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Polynesian Spa – Lake Spa Retreat

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Overlooking Lake Rotorua, the Lake Spa is Polynesian Spa’s deluxe hot mineral bathing and relaxation area. Enjoy tranquil bathing and lake views in the four alkaline rock pools, each with different temperatures (36C to 42C). Here you are surrounded by revitalizing native New Zealand flora, natural rocks, and the energizing sight and sound of two waterfalls and a grotto that reflects the glistening water. A large relaxation lounge overlooks Lake Rotorua, where refreshments are available. As a Lake Spa guest, you are welcome to move from the pools to the lounge and return to bathe in the Lake Spa pools as you wish. Other amenities include well-appointed changing facilities with towels, lockers, soap, shampoo and hairdryers provided. Open Daily Bathing pools: 8am - 11pm Last pool entry: 10.15pm Spa therapies: 9am - 8pm ....
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Rainbow Springs

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Rainbow Springs is truly an attraction like no other in the world. Set in 22 acres of beautiful native trees and streams we are home to a huge variety of New Zealand’s most precious inhabitants. The entire experience is built around New Zealand’s largest and most successful kiwi conservation centre.

Since 1995 we have released over 1,000 kiwis into the wild. Added to this intimate view of one of the world’s living treasures, you will also be able to experience the adrenalin rush of The Big Splash (additional charges apply), explore our many free flight aviaries, feed the birds their breakfast, come face to face with pre-history in the eyes of our many tuatara, talk to Jenny the hand-reared kea, feed the largest wild trout you will ever see, experience the wonder of our bird show (additional charges apply) featuring some of the funniest feathered performers you will ever see.

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Rainbow Springs Kiwi Encounter


Kiwi Encounter offers unique behind-the-scenes tours of a working kiwi nursery and hatchery. Eggs are brought to us from the wild and when they have hatched, and the kiwis are large enough to protect themselves from predators, they are released back into the wild.

During the tour you will see each of the stages a kiwi chick goes through before being released in to the wild - incubation, hatching and raising.

Kiwi Encounter Behind the Scenes tours operate daily on the hour between 10.00am and 4.00pm.

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Rotorua Canopy Tour


This is the ONLY native forest zipline canopy tour in New Zealand and it is incredible - it’s high, it’s fun, it’s beautiful, it’s peaceful and you’ll remember it for the rest of your life!! And it’s suitable for almost everyone!! High amongst ancient trees this 3 hour adventure combines fun and excitment with pristine natural beauty. - Small Group, unforgettable Eco Tourism Adventure – this is NOT mass tourism - 2 awesome, highly trained and knowledgeable guides to escort you. - Travel a 1.2 kilometre network of ziplines, swingbridges, treetop platforms and walking trails deep in virgin New Zealand native forest - 6 Zipline/Flying fox flights up to 220 metres long and 40 metres above forest floor - Treetop platforms perched 22 metres up 500 year old trees - Tree to tree swingbridges up to 50 metres long - You will not see any tree, plant or most bird species on any other countr....
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Self Drive Hobbiton Movie Set Tour


Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, the bucolic setting for The Shire that featured in the Peter Jackson directed films, The Lord of the Rings. Your tour starts with a drive through the picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will escort you through the ten acre site recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton set was created. The Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn, Mill and other structures created for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films can be viewed and you will see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth. Upon completion of your tour of the set you will return to The Shires Rest to enjoy the Sheep Farm Experience. Tours depart from the Shire's Rest (501 Buckland Road, Hinuera, Matamata). Free courtesy transport departs frequently from ....
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Skyline Gondola & Luge


Jump on board one of the eight-seater gondola cabins and experience Rotorua’s most spectacular views! Skyline Rotorua’s 900 metre long Doppelmayr cableway system will transport you on a gentle, scenic ride up to the Skyline Rotorua complex. Providing panoramic views of Rotorua City, Lake Rotorua and the surrounding area, Skyline Skyrides is an all weather attraction, and is open every day of the year.

The Luge
The Luge is an exciting ride for all ages. A world 'first' proudly designed and built in Rotorua, the Luge is a fun filled ride on a three-wheel cart. The unique braking and steering system provides the rider full control and allows them to travel as fast or slow as they wish.

Gondola complex open from 9am daily, 365 days of the year. Last gondola departure from top terminal on restaurant closing.

The Skyline Rotorua Luge opens at 9am daily all year round. Clos....

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Tamaki Maori Village – Maori Culture


Be welcomed into an authentic Maori village nestled in Rotorua forest, discover Maori art forms, ancient rituals and traditions, experience thrilling song and dance, and then share in a 3 course meal with your Maori hosts. The Waka - Coach Journey to the Village Enroute to Tamaki Maori Village, nestled in the thick of an ancient Tawa forest, your guide will instruct you on the rules of entering a Marae and the protocol you must observe. The visiting tribe must appoint a Chief to accept the peace offering and to represent those on your coach. Representation of your group is considered an honourable task in Maoridom. As you make your way to the village, you’ll learn about the great Maori migration - when Maori journeyed across the vast ocean in massive Waka (canoes) to New Zealand. You’ll also enjoy some fascinating Maori legends and stories from our history. Te Marae - Exploring the Village....
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Te Po Maori Concert & Hangi

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Te Po is Te Puia's evening cultural experience. It is a feast of storytelling, entertainment and Maori Cuisine. Experience an authentic Maori welcome - When you visit Te Puia at night, you enjoy an in-depth experience of the customs and traditions of Maori, with a traditional powhiri (Maori welcoming ceremony), a warrior's challenge and a full kapa haka (Maori performing arts) concert. Enjoy a first-class Maori feast - Feeding guests is regarded by Maori as an honour and a sign of a tribe’s mana (standing), so a sumptuous banquet is provided during the evening. This banquet combines contemporary cuisine with a traditional hangi (earth-cooked oven meal), where kai (food) is steam-cooked by hot rocks in the earth, giving it a delicious smokey flavour. Enjoy our illuminated thermal valley - Following dessert, you will be transported by our 'people movers' to enjoy the spectacular lighting of the Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Va....
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Te Puia Thermal Reserve

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For over 45 years, we have welcomed visitors to our place, to hear our stories, to enjoy our unique culture and to experience first hand the wonders of Mâori arts and crafts. Te Puia is home to the internationally renowned Pohutu geyser, the National carving and weaving schools and the world famous Whakarewarewa guides. This geothermal valley is a special place, home to Te Arawa people for generations. The environment alone is of enormous geological significance, with thermal activity ranging from boiling mud to the world-famous 30-metre (100-foot) Pohutu geyser, erupting up to 20 times each day. Hot springs, boiling sulphurous pools, silica terraces and bubbling mud pools are among the natural wonders. The valley is home to many species of native plants and animals. You can take a guided tour of the New Zealand native bush or you can guide yourself around. Our guides will point out all the native species and describe the many ....
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Volcanic Air Safaris Crater Lakes


Volcanic Air Safaris is conveniently located at the Rotorua City Lakefront on the shores of Lake Rotorua. Experience the thrill of the helicopter whilst taking in the panoramic views of Rotorua from above plus five major crater lakes including the Blue and Green Lakes. (Flight time approx 15 minutes) (Minimum numbers apply)....
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Volcanic Air Safaris White Island


Your scenic White Island helicopter flight (from Rotorua) takes you north over Hell’s Gate Thermal Valley to the Pacific Ocean coastline and the active volcano of White Island. Land at the crater’s rim of White Island and spend approximately one hour on a guided walk of this fascinating natural attraction. Experience the volcanic fury of the main White Island crater, view sulphur deposits, and the remains of the old sulphur mine. (Allow 3 hours) (Minimum numbers apply)....
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Thousands of years in the making and nestled within a natural bush setting, walks through this unique volcanic area take between 30 and 75 minutes. The Lady Knox Geyser erupts daily to heights of up to 20 metres. Features include the world famous Champagne Pool and Primrose Terrace as well as hot springs, steaming ground, expansive vistas and huge volcanic craters. The constant bubbling and erupting of the Mud Pool add to your experience at New Zealand’s most colourful volcanic attraction.....
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Waimangu Volcanic Valley is Rotorua's premier tourist attraction and a ‘must do’ eco-experience when you visit Rotorua. This spectacular thermal attraction showcases unique ecology, rare botany and fascinating geothermal features such as steaming volcanic crater lakes. Frying Pan Lake is the world's largest hot spring and Inferno Crater's incredible blue lake is a photographer's dream. A protected scenic reserve and wildlife refuge, Waimangu Volcanic Valley geothermal park is set in pristine New Zealand bush and encompasses Lake Rotomahana with its own, separate, geothermal system that can only be seen from our boat. Waimangu Volcanic Valley is just 20 minutes south of Rotorua and 40 minutes north of Taupo. Self-guided eco-tours and walks through this geothermal park are offered, from a 45 minute walk to an extended 4 hours of discovery through this amazing Valley, often described by visitors as 'other worldy' and 'j....
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White Island Day Tour


Seat in coach tour from Rotorua White Island Tours with PeeJay gives you an in-depth guided tour of one of the world’s most interesting volcanoes. The island’s history is related in an informative way, with scientific information explained in an easy-to-understand manner. The trip out to the island is approximately 80 minutes, depending on conditions, so there is plenty of time to take in the scenery and marine life and enjoy our commentary through the excellent microphone system on board. On the way out to the island our crew will issue everyone with safety gear, consisting of a hard hat and gas mask. Upon arrival at White Island, we anchor PeeJay and ferry everyone over to the island via inflatable boat to an existing concrete jetty. There is a short ladder to climb, a steel planking system to cross, and some boulders to negotiate before reaching the shore. Then it is time to start your explorat....
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