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.
One place that should be on everyone’s must-visit list looks after the preservation of one of our most treasured native birds. The National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa, located right here in Rotorua, opened its doors – and incubators – in 2008 and has since hatched and raised more than 1,850 brown kiwi.
Bird-lovers also won’t want to miss a visit to Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre to see rare and protected birds of prey such as the native falcon, Karearea.
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. Cycling and even whitewater rafting and ziplining are also great ways to get close up and personal with nature.
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.
Of course, you can also pick up a map or visit our team at one of two Rotorua i-SITE Visitor Information Centres for self-guided tours. We recommend seeing plants and birds that have adapted to the hot, steamy and sulphurous environment in Sulphur Bay Wildlife Refuge along the shore of Lake Rotorua.
Rotorua Guided Walks takes visitors on a chronological journey from the mid-1800s to today, looking at how Europeans ‘took the waters’ in Rotorua.
Forget camping in an Airstream – opt for an Airstream lookalike to take you on a lake cruise you’ll never forget.
The world-renowned Agrodome features Rotorua’s favourite Farm Tour, Farm Show AND their newest furry resident, Shaun the Sheep!
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.
The whole family will love the globally acclaimed National Kiwi Hatchery. It’s the only purpose-built kiwi conservation centre in the world that’s open to the public, and New Zealand’s only open-to-view kiwi hatchery and rearing facility.
Adventure Games Rotorua gets your team out and about, working together to solve an exciting mystery. You’ll love the challenge of solving the puzzles and clues, at the same time learning something about local history, culture and nature. Developed by Escapade, New Zealand's best rated escape room business.
When darkness falls, the true love story of the city's geothermal wonderland comes to life.
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.
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.
Multi-award winning Kaitiaki Adventures is passionate about continually providing world-class adventure tourism experiences in Rotorua. They love to share Aotearoa’s stunning environment, history and unique Māori culture, all the while infusing your experience with the warm and caring manaakitanga (hospitality) Rotorua is renowned for.
Multi award-winning Kaitiaki Adventures is passionate about continually providing world-class adventure tourism experiences in Rotorua. They love to share Aotearoa’s stunning environment, history and unique Māori culture, all the while infusing your experience with the warm and caring manaakitanga (hospitality) Rotorua is renowned for.