Is a hot pool or massage your cup of tea? What about enjoying one of these 10 wonderful walks amongst giant trees or zooming down a zipline? With these and so many more options, Rotorua will not let you down.
Spa (minimum 45 minutes)Our geothermal treasures have soothed voyagers for centuries. By making the most of our natural thermal spring waters and mineral rich mud, they have been healing people for over a century. Our spa and wellness experiences are the perfect way to rejuvenate your body and mind.
Indulge yourself with our signature spa therapies, relax in natural hot pools and discover the healing properties of mineral waters that have attracted people to the area since the 19th century.
New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute (minimum 45 minutes)New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute (NZMACI) at Te Puia is the home of the national schools of carving (including pounamu and bone) and weaving. Discover one of New Zealand’s most magnificent geothermal wonderlands – featuring dramatic geysers, bubbling mud and beautiful native bush.
Come face to face with the biggest, active geyser in the Southern Hemisphere Pōhutu Geyser, jumping mud pools, and live kiwi in the Kiwi Conservation Centre. Watch master carvers and weavers at work, and hear our guides share stories passed down from their ancestors.
Guided tours run throughout the day. This is a great way to learn the stories of the area.
Slap on your running shoes and hit the forest! We are fortunate to have a diverse variety of forest trails to choose from, whether a meander through breathtaking California redwoods or hike the back country if it’s your preference. Rotorua Trails Trust has developed a network of running and walking trails that start from a 30-minute loop to more demanding 11km-plus trails that offer stunning views across the city, forest and lakes.
Running and walking trails (30 minutes to 5 hours)
To see the forest from great heights, Redwoods Treewalk is a firm favourite. A network of swing bridges will take around 30 minutes (depending on how many photos you stop to take!).
If you’re up for something more unique, walk up Mt Tarawera, a dormant volcano, and run down a scree slope into the crater. This unique option takes about five hours.