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Eco-tours

Rotorua offers breath-taking scenery and wonderful natural wildlife that can be appreciated without costing the earth

 
Some of the most incredible activities to experience here are showcased by eco-tour operators who are dedicated to sharing our precious taonga (objects), such as native flora and fauna, in order to protect them.
 
We’re so fortunate to have Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne Conservation Park, one of the world’s last prehistoric rainforests, in our backyard. Foris Eco-tours offers a guide hike through the unforgettable scenery where you’ll walk among 500-year-old trees standing up to 60 metres tall, hear and possibly see rare birdlife, and learn about the conservation challenges to protect some of the rarest creatures on earth.
 
One place that should be on everyone’s must-visit list looks after the preservation of our most treasured native bird. The National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa, located right here in Rotorua, opened its doors – and incubators – in 2008 and has since hatched more than 1,850 brown kiwi eggs.
 
Bird-lovers also won’t want to miss visits to Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre or Mokoia Island to see rare and protected species.
 
Eco-tours also include seeing incredible glow worm caves via canoe, kayak and paddle board, and Real Rotorua provides tours on foot to see these clever creatures. Bicycle, Segway, and even whitewater rafting are great ways to get close up and personal with nature.
 
Of course, you can also pick up a map or visit our team at one of Rotorua’s i-SITEs for self-guided tours. We recommend seeing plants and birds that have adapted to the hot, steamy and sulphurous environment in Sulphur Bay around Lake Rotorua.

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Action Bug - Rangitāiki with Riverbug.NZ

Eco-tours, 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.

Horse Trekking Lake Okareka

Eco-tours, East

Trek on horseback through 500 acres of native bush and 1,500 acres of working sheep and cattle farm with stunning views of Mount Tarawera and lakes Okareka and Tarawera.

Rotorua Ziplines

Eco-tours, 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, Ōkere Falls, Rotorua.

The National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa

Eco-tours, North

The whole family will love the Kiwi Hatchery! It’s the only purpose-built kiwi conservation centre in the world that’s open to the public, and is New Zealand’s only open-to-view kiwi hatchery and rearing facility.

Electric Bike Rotorua

Eco-tours, Central

Explore Rotorua and experience the thrill of an electric bike.

Paddle Board Rotorua

Eco-tours, Central

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

Foris Eco-tours

Eco-tours, Central

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.

Totally Tarawera

Eco-tours, Central

Guided cultural and geothermal tours to Te Rātā Bay and Hot Water Beach, including a natural hot pool soak.

Ōhinemutu Māori Village

Eco-tours, Central

Connect with the culture, people, history and landscape that have made Rotorua the incredible place it is today.

Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park - The Hidden Valley

Eco-tours, South

Situated just 45 minutes south of Rotorua and nestled on the shores of Lake Ohakuri lies the hidden valley of Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park.

Raftabout Whitewater Rafting & Sledging

Eco-tours, Central

If you're looking for an awesome day out whitewater rafting, then look no further than Raftabout, a family-owned company that aims to excel.

Redwoods Treewalk & Nightlights

Eco-tours, East

Majestic and magical, the Redwoods Treewalk experience is truly a walk to remember. Suspended high above the forest floor, encounter 75-metre-tall California redwoods as you walk across eco-suspended bridges and platforms intricately designed to honour and accentuate the stunning natural environment.