Handpicked by a Rotorua Local Expert, we bring you our guide to 'Best Rotorua Elderly Activities'.

Although Rotorua has a reputation for highly adventurous activities, there are still plenty of activities that are suited for elderly folks.  We've picked our favorite elderly activities to try in Rotorua.


Rail Cruising

See a scenic part of Rotorua travelling along railway lines in a 'RailCruiser', your very own powered 4-seat, self-drive vehicle. Experience rail like never before.  With nothing ahead of you but the unobstructed curve of the rail stretching out into the distance, the scenery drifting by and the clickety-clack of the rail beneath you. Spaced apart, groups of RailCruisers travel 10 kilom...


Polynesian Spa

Polynesian Spa, New Zealand's leading international spa is the perfect place to enjoy nature's gift.  Discover the secret of the natural hot mineral pools, known for its therapeutic properties. Guests can benefit from the geothermic acidic and alkaline water that flow into the 28 pools from two hot mineral springs. Offering four different bathing areas to suit your needs, Polynesian Spa...

Whaka Village Guided Tour & Self-Guided Geothermal Trails

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HighlightsMarvel at the world-famous Pohutu GeyserVisit Whakarewarewa VillageDiscover the beautiful landscapesLearn the history and traditions of the native peopleDescriptionDecide whether to take the guided tour first or do the Geothermal Trails to start. Experience the untouched natural landscapes, steaming lakes, and bubbling hot pools on the Geothermal Trails. Get stunning views of the Geysers...

Rotorua: The Buried Village of Te Wairoa

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HighlightsVisit the award-winning museum and view the extensive collection of excavated objects from the 1800’sExplore the archaeological sitesHear the unique insights and stories from local guides or use an electronic tour appTake the beautiful waterfall trail which showcases the stunning Te Wairoa FallsRefresh at the onsite cafeDescriptionLocated just a 15-minute drive from Rotorua, the Buried...

Tarawera and Lakes 2-Hour Duck Tour

Highlights See the amazing volcanic domes of Tarawera as you ride on the waters of Lake Tarawera Hear the story of the volcanic eruption, Maori migration to NZ, geothermal activity and so much more Ride on New Zealand's ONLY genuine WW2 landing crafts as you splash onto the water without leaving your seat Enjoy the thrill of turning from a truck to a boat as you splash down on two of t...

Government Gardens

Beautiful and spacious gardens near the centre of Rotorua. The Government Gardens offer a bowling club, petanque, croquet and a golf course.  Within the gardens, you'll also come across various points of interest that include the 1927 Arawa Soldiers Memorial, a number of geothermal features and the Kwaqiulth Totem Pole.  The beautifully maintained gardens are a short walk to Lake...

Hamurana Springs

Originally a tribal settlement,  Hamurana Springs is a beautiful place to enjoy a walk by the crystal clear waters and stunning redwood grove. Popular during the birth of tourism in Rotorua in the late 1800's, entrepreneurial iwi members would take tourist through the springs on gondolas sharing stories and the healing waters.  Today, it's an untouched nature park and wildlife refuge,...

The Redwoods

Experience nature just minutes from Rotorua city. Wander through Californian Coastal Redwoods or fulfil a need for speed on mountain bike tracks. Located in Whakarewarewa Forest, just a few minutes' drive from Rotorua city centre, the Redwoods is a spectacular natural area that caters for every sort of outdoor pursuit. Visitors who like gentle walks can enjoy some of the short tracks or the ...

Skyline Rotorua Gondola and Volcanic Hills Wine Tasting

Highlights Marvel at spectacular panoramic views from the gondola Enjoy a Volcanic Hills wine tasting at the top of Mount Ngongotaha Relax with a glass of wine and soak up the views from the top   Description Ride to the summit of Mount Ngongotaha on the Skyline Gondola. At the top, sample carefully crafted Volcanic Hills wines while taking in panoramic views of Lake Rotoru...

Te Puia

Spectacular geothermal valley and home to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, just five minutes from central Rotorua. Educational, interactive, and full of natural wonders. From the moment you pass through the impressive Waharoa (gateway) to Te Puia, and see the Te Heketanga-a-Rangi monument of 12 skyscraping posts, you know you're entering a special world. Geothermal Valle...

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