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Lakes & Rivers

Rotorua is well known for its 18 lakes, three major rivers and heaps of ways to enjoy many of them – even at night

 
Swimming, fishing, lakeside picnicking, paddle boarding and other water sports are the obvious activities, so hook up the boat and your floaties and head to Rotorua.
 
You can also soak your worries away at one of two secluded thermal hot water beaches accessible only by boat, luxury catamaran, floatplane or hike. Take a canoe, kayak or paddle board tour across a lake to see glow worms at night.
 
Do you prefer something a bit faster? Choose from an exhilarating jet boat experience through a tangled, man-made river at break-neck speed, or scream across Lake Rotorua in a jet boat that takes you to tour pristine Mokoia Island. You can even combine a jet boat ride with a unique geothermal experience at a natural hot water fall and hidden geothermal valley called The Squeeze.
 
Finally, one of Rotorua’s world-famous adventures is a must-do for adrenaline junkies: a whitewater rafting trip on the famous Kaituna River where you’ll drop off the world’s highest commercially raftable waterfall.

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$39 NZD
Raftabout Whitewater Rafting & Sledging

Lakes & Rivers, Central

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

$60 NZD
Rotorua Paddle Tours

Lakes & Rivers, 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!

Fish & Game Eastern Region

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Fish & Game Eastern Region manages the trout fishery of the region including the world-famous Rotorua lakes.

$59 NZD
Mokoia Island with Speed & Spins

Lakes & Rivers, 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. ​ 

$95 NZD
Volcanic Air

Lakes & Rivers, Central

From the experience of taking flight in a floatplane or helicopter, through to the thrill of exploring our stunning lakes district, vibrant geothermal reserves and remarkable volcanoes, Volcanic Air has an option for everyone.

$99 NZD
Thermal Safari

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Embark on a scenic trip down the Waikato River and through the spectacular Tutukau Gorge. Take in the stunning scenery and wildlife and hear the stories of the local Maori tribes before our highly skilled drivers/guides thrill you with spins, speed and heart-stopping manoeuvres.  

$25 NZD
Totally Tarawera

Lakes & Rivers, Central

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

$54 NZD
Jet Tour

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Blast around Lake Rotorua with Katoa on an adrenaline infused jet boat ride through some of the area’s iconic historical landmarks, all while enjoying exhilarating turns and hair-raising 360-degree spins.

$89 NZD
The Squeeze

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Untouched New Zealand Beauty Kiwis have always been keen on an adventure. That's why some years ago it was a kiwi who invented the first jetboat! We've taken this sense of adventure and transformed it into the ultimate jet boat-adventure combo. 

$95 NZD
Sledge The Kaituna River

Lakes & Rivers, Central

River Sledging with Kaitiaki is the most intimate way to experience the adventure that is the Kaituna River.

$50 NZD
Rotorua Duck Tours (Amphibious Sightseeing and Informational Tours)

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Guided sightseeing tours of Rotorua and the lakes region in a WWII amphibious landing craft. Splashdown onto pristine lakes surrounded by beautiful native forests. Rotorua Duck Tours are the perfect introduction to Rotorua’s geothermal and Māori history.

$480 NZD
Lakeland Princess Trout Fishing Charters

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Lakeland Princess Trout Fishing Charters offers trout fishing adventures, ipicnic and catch your own lunch cruises on picturesque lakes Rotorua and Rotoiti.