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.
Adventure Games Rotorua gets your team out and about, working together to solve an exciting mystery. You’ll love the challenge of solving the puzzles and clues, at the same time learning something about local history, culture and nature. Developed by Escapade – NZ's best rated escape room business.
Situated just 45 minutes south of Rotorua and nestled on the shores of Lake Ohakuri lies the hidden valley of Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park.
The 15km Tarawera Trail is a beautiful native bush walk that follows the contour of Lake Tarawera to the popular Te Rātā Bay and Hot Water Beach.
Trek on horseback through 500 acres of native bush and 1,500 acres of working sheep and cattle farm with stunning views of Mount Tarawera and lakes Okareka and Tarawera.
Guided cultural and geothermal tours to Te Rātā Bay and Hot Water Beach, including a natural hot pool soak.
Try something truly new! This Action Bug tour mixes a Riverbug with generous portions of whitewater in a breathtaking gorge on the Rangitāiki River between Rotorua and Whakatāne. This is an unforgettable experience that's unique to the Bay of Plenty.
Come with us and ride through some of New Zealand's best ancient native forest on meandering mountain bike trails. This full day trip includes guide and transport, food, and bike hire. We can take it nice and easy close to the road, or we can go all out and fly deep into the heart of the Whirinaki!
Stand-up paddle (SUP) board tours and lessons on Lake Rotorua and surrounding waterways.
Paddle Board Rotorua is Rotorua's premium paddle boarding and kayak experience providers, well known for their paddle board and kayak glow worm tours.
Soar through the trees and experience New Zealand’s ancient forest like never before – in two award-winning zipline adventures. Lose yourself on this engaging encounter with the natural world, exploring ancient native forest via ziplines, suspended swing bridges, treetop platforms and more on this unforgettable nature adventure.
Connect with the culture, people, history and landscape that have made Rotorua the incredible place it is today.
Foris Eco-tours offers guided tours of the spectacular Whirinaki Forest and Rotorua's premium rafting adventure down the gorgeous Rangitaiki River. Choose guided hiking or combined river and guided walking options.