Rotorua is an adventure-lover's paradise, offering a perfect blend of excitement, innovation and natural beauty!
Our region is home to some of the country’s most inventive minds who’ve created world-first attractions and activities right here in Rotorua. Experience the exhilarating ZORB, where you can roll downhill in a giant inflatable ball, or race down five thrilling Luge tracks at Skyline Rotorua. For those seeking an adrenaline rush like no other, take the plunge with Vertigo at Velocity Valley, New Zealand's first 43-meter (141-foot) freefall, guaranteed to get your heart racing.
Rotorua is also world-famous for the mighty Kaituna River, where you can embark on a whitewater adventure over Tutea Falls, the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall at 7 meters (23 feet). Several local rafting companies will help you take the plunge in guided 7-seater rafts, and New Zealand Whitewater Academy will send you and their guide in a tandem kayak. If dropping over a two-storey waterfall is a bit much for you, you’ll love a Kaitiaki Adventures sledging tour on the grade 3 section on the lower part of the river. You’ll enjoy a super-fun mix of tackling eddies and rapids, along with some gentle drifting while surrounded by pristine native scenery.
Passionate about continually providing world-class adventure tourism experiences in Rotorua, Kaitiaki Adventures also hosts guided tours along the summit of our most famous maunga. Mt Tarawera Crater Walks combine a stunning environment and 360-degree views, with the incredible history, stories and Māori culture relevant to this historic area. You can arrive at the summit on Kaitiaki’s 4WD bus, or you can meet your Kaitiaki guides via a faster, more scenic route with a heli drop operated by Volcanic Air.
While many more adventures await, another must-do activity is ziplining. Both Rotorua Ziplines and Rotorua Canopy Tours offer incredible tours through beautiful native forests and a portion of your ticket sales go directly back to the land to protect and preserve these areas for centuries to come.
From mild adventurers to the most hard-core adrenaline junkies, Rotorua offers something for everyone.

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Skyline Rotorua Luge and Gondola

Adventure, North

Conveniently located just five minutes from central Rotorua and beginning with a serene Gondola ride up Mt Ngongotahā, Skyline Rotorua offers unrivalled views of Rotorua’s famous geothermal wonderland.

Action Bug - Rangitāiki with Riverbug.NZ

Adventure, South

Try something truly new! This Action Bug tour mixes a Riverbug with generous portions of whitewater in a breathtaking gorge on the Rangitāiki River between Rotorua and Whakatāne. This is an unforgettable experience that's unique to the Bay of Plenty.

New Zealand Whitewater Academy

Adventure, East

New Zealand Whitewater Academy is a place of whitewater excellence, providing top-of-the-line whitewater workshops, courses and excursions.

Rotorua Ziplines

Adventure, East

Rotorua Ziplines will have you soaring over waterfalls and through stunning native forests whilst being immersed in the rich Māori history of our special slice of the world, Okere Falls, Rotorua.


Adventure, Central

Race on an indoor go-kart drift track and see if you have what it takes to control the out-of-control race karts!

Electric Bike Rotorua


Explore Rotorua and experience the thrill of an electric bike.

Manupirua Hot Pools with Katoa Lake Rotorua


Enjoy a scenic cruise through the Ohau Channel onto Lake Rotoiti with Katoa Lake Rotorua, and disembark to enjoy a relaxing soak in the rejuvenating waters of the Manupirua Hot Springs.

Paddle Board Rotorua


Paddle Board Rotorua is Rotorua's premium paddle boarding and kayak experience providers, well known for their paddle board and kayak glow worm tours.

Adventure Playground Rotorua - 1-hour 4x4 Self Drive


Adventure Playground is the place to be when visiting Rotorua. Try our new 1-hour 4x4 self drive CanAm Experience, before perhaps some horse trekking, our cultural 4wd buggy tours or claybird shooting. The choice is yours!

Agrojet at Velocity Valley

Adventure, North

Experience the thrill of a major adrenaline rush on a high-octane jet boat sprint course with Agrojet.


Adventure, North

For more than a decade, the Jensen family has been providing good old-fashioned outdoor fun at an affordable price.

Foris Eco-tours


Foris Eco-tours offers guided tours of the spectacular Whirinaki Forest and Rotorua's premium rafting adventure down the gorgeous Rangitaiki River. Choose guided hiking or combined river and guided walking options.