Enjoy the water in Rotorua this winter

Enjoy the water in Rotorua this winter

When the temperature drops, Rotorua’s thermal attractions are the perfect places to keep warm this winter. As New Zealand’s home of spa and wellness there is no better place to relax and unwind than right here. From natural hot pools to luxurious spas to NZ’s warmest river, pack your togs and towel for your winter getaway in Rotorua.

Soak and Spa in Rotorua's Thermal waters

Relax and unwind with a treatment in one of Rotorua's spa and wellness centres. QE Health has been offering spa services for over 70 years and have a range of therapies and massage treatments available. Try Polynesian Spa's Signature Mud Wrap which includes a scalp massage and a soak in the Deluxe Lake Spa.

Polynesian Spa

Family Friendly FUN in the water

There are loads of family friendly options for a winter getaway in Rotorua. The local Aquatic Centre is a great way to spend an afternoon or morning. They have indoor and outdoor pools and spas, a lazy river and a playground. Bring lunch or a few sausages to throw on the barbie!

25 minutes south of Rotorua is Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, with heated changing facilities, a cafe and great options for kids including a toddlers' beach area.  

For an extra treat, catch a Totally Tarawera Water Taxi to the secluded Hot Water Beach. Tucked away on the shore of Lake Tarawera, the hot spring trickles down a small stream and into the Lake. Build a hole in the sand or a rock pool to soak in.

Enjoy Rotorua's free winter wonders

Located within walking distance of Rotorua's CBD and next to the Rotorua Aquatic Centre is Kuirau Park. Walking tracks around the park lead to an abundance of geothermal vents, bubbling mud pools and steaming lakes. There is a popular play park for the kids and bring along a towel to enjoy the free thermal foot pools. On Saturday mornings you will find the busy Kuirau Park Market here. Great to stock up on fruit and veges, knick knacks and with lots of breakfast options.

Rotorua is famous for its natural geothermal hot springs and hot pools with many freely accessible.

Winter water adventure

It's not all soaking and relaxing in winter in Rotorua - the region has the warmest river in New Zealand, the Kaituna, so there is plenty of reason to try White Water Rafting. Featuring the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world, you are going to want to do this again and again.

NZ River Jet - The Squeeze, combines the thrill of jet boating with the serenity of untouched nature, the adventure of squeezing through tight rock passages and the luxury of soaking in geothermal bliss. A unique experience with knowledgeable and approachable guides make this trip one to remember!

Take one giant orb, add in a friend or two, pour in a bucket or so of warm water and your're ready to roll! Zorb's Zydro Double Trouble and Zydro Triple Banger gives you and your mates the thrill of ball rolling and is perfect for a winter stag or hens do!