So, do you have a little time up your sleeve before or after your event? Whether you have a few days or a few hours, there are a range of experiences to fill in your time. Is a hot pool or massage your cup of tea? What about walking amongst giant trees or zooming down a zip line? Either way, Rotorua will not let you down. Check out some of our favourite experiences below.
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 Art and Craft Institute (Minimum 45 minutes)
New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute (NZMACI) 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 our brand new 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.
Running & Walking Trails (30 minutes-5 hours)
Slap on you running shoes and hit the forest! We are fortunate to have a diverse variety of forest trails for you to choose from, whether a meander through breath-taking Californian Redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) or hike the back country if it’s your preference. The Rotorua Trails Trust have developed a network of run/walk trails that start from a 30 minute loop to more a demanding 11km or more trail (s) that offer stunning views across the city, forest and lakes.
To see the forest from great heights, the Redwoods Treewalk is becoming a firm favourite. This network of swing bridges will take around 30 minutes depending on how many photos you take!
If you’re up for something more unique, walk up a volcano, Mt Tarawera and slide down a scree slope into the crater, this unique option takes about 5 hours.
Mountain Biking (1-3 hours depending on the trail)
The International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) has reconfirmed Rotorua’s status as one of the world’s best mountain biking destinations by renewing the city’s gold-level Ride Centre™ status. The Whakarewarewa forest is a quick 5 minute drive from the CBD and has close to 200km of trails to choose from. The forest has mountain bike trail options ranging from Grade 1 (if you can ride on a footpath, you can ride a Grade 1) right up to Grade 5, which keeps even the world’s most experienced competitive riders pumped. Grab a rental bike from town or at the forest, choose a full suspension, hard tail or e-bike and explore in your own time, or jump on a private shuttle with a guide. The shuttle will drive you at the top of the trail, and you roll down for the pickup. Easy as!
Zip Lining (2-3 hours)
Do you like the sound of zip lining amongst a one thousand year old untouched forest at 50km/hr or between 100 year old Redwoods? Then, these options will get your heart pumping and give you something new to chat about at your event or something awesome to experience with your family.
White Water Rafting (3 hours)
Rafting in Rotorua is spectacular. Not only do we have a magical river to float down, but the Kaituna River has the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world, Tutea Falls , a smooth seven metre drop. If you only have a short time available, white water rafting a Grade 5 river with 14 Rapids and three waterfalls is a must do. Allow three hours in total from leaving the CBD.
Rotorua Lakes’ District is a fisherman’s paradise that attracts fisherman from all over the planet to experience our famous lakes. There are fishing options for the expert angler or for a first timer keen to hook a trout . There are 14 fishable lakes and some fantastic river fishing to be had, when the fishing season is open, a trophy fish is waiting to be caught in any of our lakes.