Night time experiences you won't forget

July 28, 2017

So you're in Rotorua and having an awesome time and now the sun is setting. Check out these local tips on the best things to do at night.

Redwoods Treewalk

Feel the spirit of Rotorua’s iconic Redwood Forest from a bird’s eye view as you traverse over 500m of walkways amongst the 110-year-old Redwood trees. The Redwoods Treewalk  is enjoyed by many locals and visitors during the day, then at night, this ecological walk is brought to life by beautifully designed lighting. With a height ranging from 6m to 12m this is unique experience is a great way to explore nature at night.

Night Mini Golf

Mini Golf Rotorua at night is a whole new ball game!  This 18-hole mini golf is set in a tranquil New Zealand garden complete with waterfalls, beautiful birds, and roaming rabbits that enjoy being petted. But the best part comes at night when this slice of paradise transforms into a magical wonderland with thousands of twinkling lights. Visit this course for a romantic date or fun night out with friends and let the good times roll.

Waikite Valley Thermal Pools

A visit to Rotorua simply isn’t complete until you’ve enjoyed our geothermal wonders. Get off the beaten track with a 30 minute drive to the small farming community of Waikite Valley, where you’ll find the locally built Waikite Valley Thermal Pools. The 6 hot pools and private spas are filled with delightful mineral waters from the largest source of 100% pure geothermal water in New Zealand – Te Manaroa Spring. The view is just as good as the waters so we recommend you time your swim to catch the sunset over the stunning valley, then enjoy the rest of your evening spa under the stars.

Grab a bite

All of your adventures are bound to leave you feeling a little peckish. There are plenty of great food options in Rotorua, but here are some of the local secrets on delicious and affordable places to eat: Guaranteed for good food and good vibes visit Abracadabra CafĂ© & Bar, a favourite for their Mexican & Morrocan food as well as $6 Taco Tuesdays. Sink your teeth into a stack of $1 Wicked Wing Wednesday at Craft Beer & Kitchen. Or taste the variety of ethnic and traditional Maori cuisine at Rotorua’s Night Market held every Thursday from 5pm to 9pm on Tutanekai Street.

Enjoy the nightlife

The heart of our nightlife is located in Eat Streat. Found at the lake end of Tutanekai Street this bustling cluster of quality restaurants, cafes and bars has something for everyone. For those who love a cold beer check out our award winning local craft beer at the BREW Bar, or the historic Pig & Whistle Pub. Or relax in the sophisticated Ponsonby Bar with a cocktail, before heading to local hotspot Sobar. With thermally heated footpaths, enhanced lighting, and a covered central walkway this local hotspot is ideal for year round entertainment.

Amazing glow worms with real rotorua

Glow-worms are the highlight of any night-time stroll in New Zealand, and when found in abundance they can be as breathtaking as our clearest night sky. Join Real Rotorua's experienced guides on a trip into the native bush at dusk to witness this phenomenon for yourself. Learn about the life-cycle of this fascinating insect, experience New Zealand’s wildlife by night and top off this stellar evening by relaxing under the stars.


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