In Rotorua, you can breathe in the fresh forest air amid giant redwood trees, feel your body relax in the thermal waters, and hear the roar of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest active geyser – all at special discounted rates for SuperGold Card holders.
If you’ve got a SuperGold Card and you’re planning your next holiday, be sure to check out the discounted package deals that follow for great things to do in Rotorua. Enjoy these special rates only when you book through one of the Rotorua i-SITE Visitor Information Centres.
Immerse yourself in Mother Nature
Redwoods Treewalk never fails to impress.
Whether you visit by day or night, you’ll be transported through this peaceful haven above the forest floor, and given peace of mind knowing the trees are protected through a uniquely constructed series of slings to avoid damaging the trees or natural environment around them.
Another geographic treasure is the incredible volcanic valley created when Mt Tarawera erupted in 1886. Waimangu Volcanic Valley’s cruise on Lake Rotomahana shows you the literal hot spots in the geothermal landscape that are still steaming, hissing and spouting water.
Once the heart of a native forestry mecca that thrived for decades, Rotorua Railway in Mamaku has been transformed into a world-first self-drive touring railway called RailCruising.
Gentle curves and steep climbs with beautiful lake views and native forest scenery are featured along the 19-kilometre voyage. Each RailCruiser fits up to four adults and only your group members will share the ride. Clear, drop-down curtains and blankets on board create the perfect all-weather cruise in comfort.
Te Puia is a long-time favourite of visitors to Rotorua, and seeing the world-famous Pōhutu Geyser erupting is a sight you’ll never forget. Join one of the guided experiences (twice daily at 10.30am and 1.30pm on open days), to learn about this incredible geothermal valley, Māori culture, and the Kiwi Conservation Centre with five kiwi in a new state-of-the-art enclosure.
Enjoy epic views
Photo by Graeme Murray
If there’s a relaxing and self-rewarding must-do in Rotorua, it’s taking the scenic route up Mt Ngongotahā by way of the Skyline Rotorua Gondola. The views over Rotorua and its namesake lake are beautiful by day or night.
Speaking of views and while you’re there, feast your eyes upon one of the best buffets you’ll ever find at Stratosfare Restaurant and Bar, or treat yourself to a wine tasting with a platter of nibbles at the only winery in Rotorua, Volcanic Hills Winery. Both options allow you to make more of that million-dollar view before you take another gondola back down the mountain.
Let your inner kid come out to play
The Rotorua City & Lakes tour with Rotorua Duck Tours will really take you back in time as you board an authentic re-purposed WWII amphibious watercraft.
Rotorua Duck Tours driver-guides are as entertaining as they are knowledgeable about the Ducks they’re commandeering as well as the three lakes (you’ll splash down on two) and surrounding areas you’ll visit.
Animal lovers adore Paradise Valley Springs for all the residents and visitors to this beautiful wildlife park. Visit the kea in a walk-through aviary, meet the friendly tui, and see kakariki and kereru. Stroll through the wetland for great views of native and introduced waterfowl. Hand-feed the farm animals and trout, and watch the pride of African lions being given their daily lunch.
Imagination is everything at 3D Trick Art Gallery where you become part of the art. Be sure to have your camera ready as you immerse yourself in dozens of 3D action scenes such as falling out of a hot air balloon, or sitting at van Gogh’s famous Café Terrace at Night. This is the only 3D trick art gallery in New Zealand and your photos will capture all the fun.
Slow things down
If you’re looking for some extra relaxation and pampering, immerse yourself in New Zealand’s original geothermal bathing experience at Polynesian Spa.
Several hot pools, both private and public, await, as well as the luxurious Lake Spa Retreat where a wonderful range of facials and body treatments are offered.
Tired muscles, aches and pains? The slightly acidic Priest Spring waters will help. To treat your skin, soak in the Rachel Spring.
Not much needs to be said about a Volcanic Air floatplane tour to the secluded Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools other than “book it.” You’ll love flying over Lake Rotorua and making a splash as you land on Lake Rotoiti for a relaxing hot soak along the lake’s edge.
Being accessible only by boat or by air is what keeps this haven so unspoiled and pristine. Enjoy the beauty of the surrounding native flora and fauna, with seven mineral hot pools to soak in, and the clear blue lake waters to cool down in.
Last but not least, Lakeland Queen is a heritage-styled vessel that operates on the beautiful, historical Lake Rotorua. It’s the only one of its kind in New Zealand and the gentle pace of its paddle provides a relaxing cruise, perfect for seeing the area’s geothermal features, natural wonders and stunning views. The one-hour daily lunch cruises depart at 1pm.