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Rotorua: What to do when you get there?

A unique, lesser-known area of stunning natural beauty, Rotorua, a town on New Zealand’s North Island, and a three hour drive south east of the city of Auckland, is an incredible destination to visit for its geothermal attractions, world-class water sports and to experience traditional Maori culture.

Rotorua's Geothermal Treasures

Located in the Taupo Volcanic Zone, Rotorua is a hot-spot, literally and metaphorically in that tourists come for its world-famous geothermal landmarks, like the Pohutu Geyser, which erupts several times daily, Kerosene Creek hot spring waterfall and Hell’s Gate mud spa.


The list of natural wonders in this area is long, but the Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, Orakei Korako Cave, the Thermal Park and the Waitangi Soda Springs are also highly worth visiting, especially for some downtime between adventure activities.

Rotorua and Maori Culture

If you’re looking for a destination steeped in culture and history, then this is the place for you. Rotorua is home to traditional Maori villages such as the Tamaki Maori Village, Mitai Maori Village and Whakarewarewa Valley - a visit to each of which is highly informative and an incredible opportunity to experience traditional Maori culture, with guided tours, and cultural performances.

As well as sight-seeing the geothermal landmarks, relaxing in mud pools and thermal spas and learning about Maori culture, how about taking to the water and doing some rafting, jet boating or kayaking? Or braving the heights and bungee jumping or doing a canopy tour? Rotorua offers a wide variety of incredible water sports and adventure sports, so there really is something for everyone to enjoy.

Water Sports Activities in Rotorua

For world-class rafting experiences, Rotorua is the place to go with three of New Zealand's best rafting rivers, some with Class 5 rapids: Kaituna river, Rangitaiki river and Wairoa river.

The latter is home to the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world at Tutea Falls and rapids at the dam-controlled Wairoa River that are only able to be experienced 26 days a year. Head to the 7m high Tutea Falls for an adrenaline rush like no other.

If you are looking for a calmer rafting experience, or a great family activity, then there are an abundance of rafting spots that never go above Grade 2 - perfect for families and rafting newbies alike.

There are also plenty of opportunities for stand up paddle boarding or kayaking in Lake Rotorua and on the nearby Lake Rotoiti. Whether you are after a leisurely trip around the lake, or an evening kayaking excursion to Manupirua Hot Springs, for a traditional New Zealand BBQ and a relax in the pools followed by a visit to the area’s famous glow worm caves, there are great kayaking tours for everyone.

Rotorua, Jet Boating Paradise

Jet boating, a Kiwi invention, is very popular in and around Rotorua, and for good reason: the Rotorua and Roititi lakes, as well as the Waikato river provide perfect conditions for speeding on jetboats! And who wouldn’t want to feel the wind in their hair whilst flying across the surface of the crystal blue waters at 80km/hr, past sights of natural beauty?

Rotorua's jetboating operators provide several different tours, often combining the thrill of jetboating with visiting nearby points of interests, such as Mokoia Island, a wildlife refuge in the centre of Lake Rotorua.

Jump on a jet boat excursion to the lesser-known geothermal spot of Manupirua Hot Springs, only accessible by boat, where you can submerge yourself in the hot pools and have some well-earned relaxation time.

Bungee Jumping and Canopy Tours

Take your holiday to new heights by going bungee jumping, skydiving or taking a canopy tour – all are popular sports in the area and all are great choices for thrill-seekers.

The Swoop, a 40m high bungee swing is a popular attraction for those looking for an adrenaline rush, as you can go from 0-130km/h in a second, which is definitely a change of pace from a relaxing evening paddle boarding.

Taupo Bungy and Cliffhanger, in the nearby town of Taupo, are two other airborne attractions, which offer both an incredible experience and great views of the Waikato River and its surroundings. If you love both heights and nature, a canopy tour of the Mamaku Plateau, with views of local birdlife and miles of beautiful forest, is a perfect activity to see the tree line from a whole new perspective.

Speaking of views and new perspectives... you cannot beat freefalling above the Rotorua Lake. This local drop zone offers three options ranging from 12,000ft to up to 18,500ft. From the plane, you will get unbeatable views of other beautiful lakes in the region, such as Lake Tarawera, Lake Okataina and Lake Rotoiti.

Rotorua offers an incredible variety of activities, historical, cultural and adventure-based - there is definitely something for everyone at this destination. 

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                  Rotorua: What to do when you get there?

                  A unique, lesser-known area of stunning natural beauty, Rotorua, a town on New Zealand’s North Island, and a three hour drive south east of the city of Auckland, is an incredible destination to visit for its geothermal attractions, world-class water sports and to experience traditional Maori culture.

                  Rotorua's Geothermal Treasures

                  Located in the Taupo Volcanic Zone, Rotorua is a hot-spot, literally and metaphorically in that tourists come for its world-famous geothermal landmarks, like the Pohutu Geyser, which erupts several times daily, Kerosene Creek hot spring waterfall and Hell’s Gate mud spa.


                  The list of natural wonders in this area is long, but the Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, Orakei Korako Cave, the Thermal Park and the Waitangi Soda Springs are also highly worth visiting, especially for some downtime between adventure activities.

                  Rotorua and Maori Culture

                  If you’re looking for a destination steeped in culture and history, then this is the place for you. Rotorua is home to traditional Maori villages such as the Tamaki Maori Village, Mitai Maori Village and Whakarewarewa Valley - a visit to each of which is highly informative and an incredible opportunity to experience traditional Maori culture, with guided tours, and cultural performances.

                  As well as sight-seeing the geothermal landmarks, relaxing in mud pools and thermal spas and learning about Maori culture, how about taking to the water and doing some rafting, jet boating or kayaking? Or braving the heights and bungee jumping or doing a canopy tour? Rotorua offers a wide variety of incredible water sports and adventure sports, so there really is something for everyone to enjoy.

                  Water Sports Activities in Rotorua

                  For world-class rafting experiences, Rotorua is the place to go with three of New Zealand's best rafting rivers, some with Class 5 rapids: Kaituna river, Rangitaiki river and Wairoa river.

                  The latter is home to the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world at Tutea Falls and rapids at the dam-controlled Wairoa River that are only able to be experienced 26 days a year. Head to the 7m high Tutea Falls for an adrenaline rush like no other.

                  If you are looking for a calmer rafting experience, or a great family activity, then there are an abundance of rafting spots that never go above Grade 2 - perfect for families and rafting newbies alike.

                  There are also plenty of opportunities for stand up paddle boarding or kayaking in Lake Rotorua and on the nearby Lake Rotoiti. Whether you are after a leisurely trip around the lake, or an evening kayaking excursion to Manupirua Hot Springs, for a traditional New Zealand BBQ and a relax in the pools followed by a visit to the area’s famous glow worm caves, there are great kayaking tours for everyone.

                  Rotorua, Jet Boating Paradise

                  Jet boating, a Kiwi invention, is very popular in and around Rotorua, and for good reason: the Rotorua and Roititi lakes, as well as the Waikato river provide perfect conditions for speeding on jetboats! And who wouldn’t want to feel the wind in their hair whilst flying across the surface of the crystal blue waters at 80km/hr, past sights of natural beauty?

                  Rotorua's jetboating operators provide several different tours, often combining the thrill of jetboating with visiting nearby points of interests, such as Mokoia Island, a wildlife refuge in the centre of Lake Rotorua.

                  Jump on a jet boat excursion to the lesser-known geothermal spot of Manupirua Hot Springs, only accessible by boat, where you can submerge yourself in the hot pools and have some well-earned relaxation time.

                  Bungee Jumping and Canopy Tours

                  Take your holiday to new heights by going bungee jumping, skydiving or taking a canopy tour – all are popular sports in the area and all are great choices for thrill-seekers.

                  The Swoop, a 40m high bungee swing is a popular attraction for those looking for an adrenaline rush, as you can go from 0-130km/h in a second, which is definitely a change of pace from a relaxing evening paddle boarding.

                  Taupo Bungy and Cliffhanger, in the nearby town of Taupo, are two other airborne attractions, which offer both an incredible experience and great views of the Waikato River and its surroundings. If you love both heights and nature, a canopy tour of the Mamaku Plateau, with views of local birdlife and miles of beautiful forest, is a perfect activity to see the tree line from a whole new perspective.

                  Speaking of views and new perspectives... you cannot beat freefalling above the Rotorua Lake. This local drop zone offers three options ranging from 12,000ft to up to 18,500ft. From the plane, you will get unbeatable views of other beautiful lakes in the region, such as Lake Tarawera, Lake Okataina and Lake Rotoiti.

                  Rotorua offers an incredible variety of activities, historical, cultural and adventure-based - there is definitely something for everyone at this destination. 

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