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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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$39 NZD
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.

$60 NZD
Rotorua Paddle Tours

Eco-tours, Central

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) tours and lessons on Lake Rotorua and surrounding waterways. We learn to master a SUP before embarking on our trips under the guidance of world-renowned paddlers and ensure the safest and fun day for you!

$20 NZD
Redwoods Treewalk & Nightlights

Eco-tours, Central

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

$74 NZD
Mokoia Island with Katoa Lake Rotorua

Eco-tours, Central

Enjoy an exhilarating jet boat ride across the beautiful Lake Rotorua with Katoa and explore Mokoia Island, considered sacred by local Maori, and learn about one of New Zealand’s most famous love stories. ​ 

Morning Lakes Tour

Eco-tours, Central

Get you Off The Beaten Track with Real Rotorua, whilst visiting the best locations and viewing points that Rotorua has to offer.

$65 NZD
Real Rotorua

Eco-tours, Central

Experience the Real Rotorua... with guided sight-seeing tours of the Rotorua area.

$15 NZD
Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre

Eco-tours, Central

Featuring threatened New Zealand falcons, hawks and owls - the Wingspan Bird of Prey Centre is a unique conservation programme, of national significance.

$35 NZD
Happy Ewe Cycle Tours

Eco-tours, Central

Happy Ewe Cycle Tours provides a guided bicycle adventure around central Rotorua. You'll ride at your own leisurely pace to 27 key historical, geothermal and cultural sights.

$90 NZD
Paddle Board Rotorua

Eco-tours, Central

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

$25 NZD
Totally Tarawera

Eco-tours, Central

Guided cultural and geothermal tours to Te Rata Bay (Hot Water Beach) including a natural hot pool soak.

$65 NZD
Real Rotorua

Eco-tours, Central

See the largest display of glow worms in Rotorua. Real Rotorua takes you on a journey through waterfalls, wildlife and native forest, all under the cover of darkness.

Ohinemutu Māori Village

Eco-tours, Central

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