Head outdoors to feel fresh and invigorated

Head outdoors to feel fresh and invigorated

As winter descends, most of us scramble for the indoors to keep the elements at bay and to embrace the heat of a fire. But the best way to feel fresh and invigorated is to head outdoors! Crazy as this might sound, there are some outdoor activities which are even better in winter.

Polynesian Spa

When the air is fresh, crisp and cold, geothermal mineral hot pools are more enticing than ever to warm up the body and calm the mind. If you can, try and be an early riser to get there at 8am, with steam from the pools misting the air – it’s a peaceful, beautiful hour to enjoy the best of nature.
Polynesian Spa’s waters are sourced from two natural springs and feed into 28 mineral hot pools across the complex. The slightly acidic Priest Spring waters relieve tired muscles, aches and pains while the alkaline waters of the Rachel Spring nourish skin. Move between hot pools to combine the effects of the waters, and incorporate ancient healing practices such as the reflexology walk to encourage winter wellness.


In winter, never fear – you won’t get cold at OGO with hot spas to keep toasty in between rides, an outdoor fire pumping serious warmth, heated changing rooms for afterwards and delicious barista made coffee on-site too.
The H2OGO option will have you slipping and sliding in a crazy moving waterslide experience you can share with up to three friends and 40 litres of WARM water. But if getting wet is not your thing, try the DRYGO. Strapped in a harness, you’ll go head over heels like a rollercoaster ride on New Zealand’s longest dry run.

Rotorua Canopy Tours

Venturing through the coolness, it quickly becomes evident that winter is an amazing time to be in the forest. Experience the thrill of flying high above untraversed native forest valleys crisp with frost, while mist conceals the end of ziplines for a real thrill in this three-hour adventure.
The best experiences are those in the rain with lush, healthy ferns and mosses brought to life on the forest floor. Spend time handfeeding wild native birds, while learning about the bird song, flora, fauna and efforts to restore the native forest’s magical ecosystem. During winter, you’ll be provided with additional warm and waterproof layers to keep comfortable. Discover more at Rotorua Canopy Tours.

Things to do in Winter
Images: Rotorua Canopy Tours and Rotorua Night Market

Rotorua Night Market

Tuck in to a variety of ethnic and traditional Māori cuisine at the Rotorua Night Market, held every Thursday from 5pm to 9pm on Tutanekai Street.
It’s a mistake to think that just one meal will suffice so make sure you get amongst an entrée, main and dessert as you make your way down the street. Dine at one of the undercover picnic tables or snuggle into a bean bag and enjoy live music under the music tent - just the ticket to keep the chilly winter weather at bay!

The Redwoods

Discover the giants of Whakarewarewa Forest (The Redwoods) and walk, ride, hike or horse ride to your heart’s content. Set amongst magnificent stands of towering Californian Redwoods, lush native forest and exotic trees, the forest offers over 160km of world class mountain biking trails and walking tracks catering for everyone from beginners to experts alike. 
The forest can also be enjoyed from a bird’s eye view with Redwoods Treewalk as you traverse over 553m with a height ranging from 6m to 12m. Crisp winter days are best experienced in the forest with this ecological walk also encouraging night time walkers with beautifully designed David Trubridge lighting bringing the experience to life.