Mud is the new snow

Break the winter traditions, break the rules, and break out of the same-ole, same-ole winter blues and cold toes. 

 

Instead, embrace the warmth, fun and adventure that you’ll find only in Rotorua. Whether riding a mountain bike or a 4X4 monster truck, soaking in a mud bath or a hot pool, winter in Rotorua feels great.

 

With loads of options for a quick weekend getaway or a muddy midweek sojourn, make sure your next trip away gets a bit dirty, because mud is the snow here in Rotorua!

Must See

Make these attractions your bucket list in Rotorua.

Mountain Bike Rotorua

Mountain Bike Rotorua is your gateway to Whakarewarewa Forest, the stunning jewel in the crown of the adventure destination that is Rotorua. Located in the forest itself, the friendly team here at the MBR base has everything you need to get biking.

Hells Gate

Hell’s Gate is Rotorua’s most active geothermal reserve and New Zealand’s only mud spa complex. Enjoy this thermal wonderland with an interactive guided or self-guided tour before indulging in the geothermal mud and sulphur waters, experiencing the healing properties local Māori have been using for centuries. It’s a Rotorua experience you’ll never forget.

Te Puia

Experience New Zealand's geothermal wonderland. Walk alongside a beautiful landscape of uncovered natural bush, mud pools and the majestic Pōhutu Geyser, the largest active geyser in the Southern Hemisphere.

Off Road New Zealand

Off Road NZ specialises in off-road vehicle-based adventures for thrill seekers, couples, families and corporate groups large and small.

Activities

All of these and so much more are ready and waiting for you in Rotorua.

Rotorua Canopy Tours

Soar through the trees and experience New Zealand’s ancient forest like never before – in two unforgettable zipline adventures.

Paddle Board Rotorua

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

Polynesian Spa

Polynesian Spa is New Zealand’s leading internationally acclaimed thermal spa, offering relaxing hot mineral spring bathing, sumptuous spa therapies and picturesque Lake Rotorua views.

Volcanic Air

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.

Skyline

Skyline Rotorua is home to New Zealand's first year-round Gondola assisted bike lift, accessing world-class downhill mountain biking.

Volcanic Hills

Rotorua’s very own winery! Discover the amazing flavours of New Zealand’s best wine growing areas, made right here in Rotorua.

QE Health Wellness & Spa

An exceptional, holistic healthcare and geothermal spa with soothing massages, warming volcanic mud and thermal waters and with Esthétique at QE Health - advanced skincare, appearance medicine and beauty therapies - all clinically based.

Waikite Valley Thermal Pools

Geothermal experience and hot pool bathing in 100% pure natural geothermal waters overlooking Waikite Valley, native bush and surrounding geothermal activity. Come unwind with us!

Redwoods Treewalk

Majestic and magical, the Redwoods Treewalk™ experience is truly a walk to remember.

Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Waimangu Volcanic Valley connects people with the beating heart of the world’s youngest geothermal valley, its unique history and legacy. They share how the world began!

Whakarewarewa - The Living Māori Village

Home of the Tuhourangi, Ngati Wahiao (Māori sub tribes) people and located on a geothermal plateau, Whakarewarewa village is New Zealand’s oldest continuous Māori tourism experience’s pre-dating the world famous Pink & White Terraces.

Waikite Valley Thermal Pools

Geothermal experience and hot pool bathing in 100% pure natural geothermal waters overlooking Waikite Valley, native bush and surrounding geothermal activity. Come unwind with us!

Totally Tarawera

Guided cultural and geothermal tours to Te Rātā Bay and Hot Water Beach, including a natural hot pool soak.

Te Puia

Experience New Zealand's geothermal wonderland. Walk alongside a beautiful landscape of uncovered natural bush, mud pools and the majestic Pōhutu Geyser, the largest active geyser in the Southern Hemisphere.

Off Road New Zealand

Off Road NZ specialises in off-road vehicle-based adventures for thrill seekers, couples, families and corporate groups large and small.

Mountain Bike Rotorua

Mountain Bike Rotorua is your gateway to Whakarewarewa Forest, the stunning jewel in the crown of the adventure destination that is Rotorua. Located in the forest itself, the friendly team here at the MBR base has everything you need to get biking.

Steaming Cliffs Kayak at Lake Rotomahana

Explore the amazing scenery of Lake Rotomahana on this spectacular guided kayaking tour.

Secret Spot Hot Tubs

Secret Spot Hot Tubs Rotorua is the place you’ve been searching for to retreat from your busy life, have fun with friends and family, and share your adventure stories, whether in a hot tub, Shinny Dip, the Eddie Out Chill Zone next to a campfire, or on a beanbag on the lush lawn.

Hells Gate

Hell’s Gate is Rotorua’s most active geothermal reserve and New Zealand’s only mud spa complex. Enjoy this thermal wonderland with an interactive guided or self-guided tour before indulging in the geothermal mud and sulphur waters, experiencing the healing properties local Māori have been using for centuries. It’s a Rotorua experience you’ll never forget.

Kaitiaki Mt Tarawera

Experience the unique landscape and history of Mount Tarawera, famous for its eruption on June 10, 1886, which created the world’s youngest geothermal valley of Waimangu.

Zorb

Superman dive into a giant inflatable ball and roll down Mt Ngongotaha in a ZORB, where the fun will have you laughing uncontrollably.

Accommodation

Need a place to stay? Rotorua's accommodation providers have you covered, no matter what type you’re after!  

Distinction Hotel

Stay in style. Resort-like facilities, FREE WiFi, excellent service and mountain bike storage facilities, it's the perfect base to explore Rotorua. Excellent on-site restaurants, D Bar, and Maori dinner and concert evenings.

Corpthorne Hotel

Located near the city centre and surrounded by natural wonders, Copthorne Hotel Rotorua gives you the best of both worlds. Our Rotorua hotel offers 58 spacious

Jetpark Hotel

Best for those staying awhile in the region; our apartment is equipped with kitchen facilities and separate bedroom and lounge space.

Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn Rotorua is perfectly located by the renowned Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and Historical Village. Relax and enjoy the hotel’s year round thermally heated swimming and spa pools, gymnasium, restaurant and cultural theatre.

Novotel

Novotel Rotorua Lakeside is ideally situated near the shores of Lake Rotorua & within metres of the CBD & Restaurant sector & ideal location to compliment a fantastic 4 1/2 star leading international hotel.

Peppers on the Point

In true New Zealand style, you'll experience the warmest of receptions at this majestic lakeside mansion.

Princes Gate

Prince's Gate Boutique Hotel was built in 1897 and is the most famous hotel in Rotorua. "A hotel so good, they built the city around it."

Millennium Hotel

Centrally located in the city beside mystical Lake Rotorua, this welcoming, international-class hotel, with Restaurants and a Day Spa, is just a brief stroll from the Government Gardens and Energy Events Centre.

Our stories

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Visitors' stories

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