Things to Do in Rotorua

One of Rotorua’s prominent tourist attractions is its stunning geothermal activity, with an abundance of invigorating hot springs and mud pools. Relax and unwind in the Waitkite Valley Thermal Pools where you can experience the living waters of the TeManaroa Spring or explore the beautiful geothermal park at Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

To fully appreciate the spectacular landscape of Rotorua, take a Skyline Gondola ride to the top of Mt Ngongotaha, where you will have remarkable 180 degree views. The Rotorua Museum of Art and History is also a must see, with its innovative exhibitions exploring the rich culture of this unique region.

Tamaki Maori Village

Tamaki Maori Village is the country’s most awarded cultural tourist attraction, making it a must-visit site for any Rotorua visitor. Set in a pre-European village in the forest, Tamaki Maori Village immerses you in traditional Maori life like no other attraction. After being welcomed with the customary Powhiri ceremony, you’re then provided a truly intimate glimpse of the Maori way of life. From participating in games and warrior training to demonstrations of facial tattooing and the world-famous ‘Haka’, there’s plenty to see and learn in this extraordinary cultural village.

The Redwoods & Whakarewarewa Forest

With over 5,600 hectares of forest and greenery, Redwoods and Whakarewarewa Forest is definitely one of New Zealand’s top natural destinations. The forest is well known for being the perfect place for a variety of outdoor activities, including horseback riding, hiking, and biking through its vast network of trails and pathways. It’s also home to beautiful California Coast redwoods and several exotic trees – a sure treat for any nature and outdoor lover.

Skyline Rotorua

For bouts of adventure in Rotorua, Skyline Rotorua in Mount Ngongotaha is the place to visit. Adrenaline junkies will love its Luge tracks, Zoom Zipline, and the Skyswing, which catapults you up to 50 metres into the air at speeds reaching 150 kph. For less daring visitors, attractions such as gondola rides, walk and bike trails, and even its Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar should provide plenty of entertainment and leisure. Skyline Rotorua complex is open daily from 9am, with some attractions opening later in the day.

Rotorua Museum

Located in the historic Bath House building, Rotorua Museum is an enchanting place where you can learn more about local culture and history. Enjoy guided tours, cinematic presentations, and a host of other exhibitions on display. The museum also spans the entire Bath House building, from its basement to its rooftop, where you can enjoy lovely views of the city and nearby lake. With its Elizabethan design and grand staircases and foyers, the Bath House itself is an architectural marvel that deserves to be seen to be fully appreciated.

Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre

As one of New Zealand’s leading conservation and research centres for wild birds, Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre is the ideal attraction for bird enthusiasts. The centre features a small museum, viewing areas, and a main aviary that showcases native hawks, falcons, and other wild birds. Highlights include daily feeding presentations and a chance to have a bird perch on your hand. Special guided tours are also available for those who want a more intimate experience at the centre.