Nine things to do in Rotorua this spring

Nine things to do in Rotorua this spring


1 Maori Culture

Māori culture and history infuse Rotorua life. Home to the Te Arawa iwi, one of the largest Māori tribes, they have been welcoming visitors for over 150 years. It’s the best, if not only place to learn their traditions and experience authentic Māori culture.

2 Mountain Biking

Rotorua’s network of more than 150km of mountain bike trails are not only the best in New Zealand, they are the best anywhere south of the equator. Find out why Rotorua was declared one of only six Gold Level Ride Centres in the entire world.

3 Spa and Wellness

Rotorua is New Zealand’s home of natural hot springs and spa treatments. There’s no better way to relax than soaking in a natural bush-lined thermal stream or hot pool, or indulging in a full day at a luxuriously appointed spa complex.

4 Subtropical Rainforests

Rotorua is surrounded by some of New Zealand’s most incredible rainforests. Best known for its awe-inspiring trees, the Whirinaki is a true dinosaur forest. Rotorua Canopy Tours also provide one of the country’s best eco-tourism experiences while ziplining through the Dansey Scenic Reserve.

5 Geothermal Wonders

Volcanic crater lakes, spouting geysers, bubbling mud pools and colourful sinter terraces; Rotorua is alive with geothermal activity. Hell’s Gate is New Zealand’s most active geothermal park, and when you’re finished exploring you can soak in the geothermal mud.

6 World-first Adventure

There must be something in the water in Rotorua. It’s home to the world’s first and best luge (part go-cart, part toboggan), the original OGO (rolling downhill in a giant orb) and is the only place in the world to experience the Shweeb at Agroventures (suspended aerodynamic racing pods). ­­

7 Petrol-head’s playground

Rotorua might be known as the best place in the world to witness the earth’s power, but that’s not all that’s powering up this city. With go-karting, off roading, monster trucking, 4-wheel-driving and jet boating, it’s also the best place to put the pedal to the metal. Check out all the adventure you'll want to know.

8 Water Lover’s Paradise

With 18 sparkling lakes and three major rivers, Rotorua is a water lover’s paradise. Conquer the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall Tutea Falls with River Rats, or drive right into the lakes in a World War 2 landing craft with Rotorua Duck Tours.

9 Fish and Birds

The fishery of Rotorua should be part of any fisherman’s travel itinerary. Hire a guide and voyage out in search for a trophy sized trout. Not to be outdone, Rotorua is also a haven for birders. Go in search of species, or visit Rainbow Springs, NZ’s most successful kiwi hatching facility.