Five of the best views in Rotorua

August 30, 2016

Sitting in the caldera of a dormant volcano, Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland. Coupled with 18 sparkling lakes and spectacular forests the region is renowned for its world-class vistas. Here are just a few of the amazing views on offer.

Rotorua Museum

Head up to the open roof of the Rotorua Museum to enjoy amazing views of Lake Rotorua, Government Gardens and Sulphur Bay. On a clear day scan 360 degrees out to the horizon and take in the full size of the Rotorua caldera.


Mount Tarawera

From the site of the largest eruption in New Zealand’s living memory, Mt Tarawera offers a privileged view of spectacular craters and domes formed by the 1886 eruption, with views reaching out over the Pacific Ocean all the way to White Island. Stare, or even venture, right into the crater itself! Visit either by helicopter with Volcanic Air or by road with Kaitiaki Adventures.


Rotorua Skyswing

From high up Mt Ngongotahā you can enjoy extensive views of the surrounding lakes and geothermal areas. For adrenalin junkies, allow yourself to be hoisted 50 metres into the air on the Skyswing. Enjoy the view for as long as you can before accelerating to 150kph!

Hospital Hill

The morning often sees Ohinemutu Village at its most spectacular as steam rises all around. One of the best ways to enjoy this view is from Hospital Hill. Look to the west for stunning views over Kuirau Park's gardens and steaming and bubbling thermal activity. Get a close-up of the action by taking a walk through the park.

Happy Ewe Cycle Tours

Not all views need to be from the highest point. Let Happy Ewe Cycle Tours guide you through some of the most impressive views at close hand. From sulphur flats, to beautiful gardens, and boardwalks through geothermal landscapes, Happy Ewe will leave you reaching for your camera at every opportunity.


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