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

As the activity centre of the North Island of New Zealand, Rotorua offers visitors a huge selection of activities to enjoy.  All types of activity are available including adventure, family, cultural, geothermal and relaxing things to do.  To help make sure you don't miss out on the most popular and iconic attractions, we've picked out the top 'must do activities in Rotorua' to experience.

Redwoods Treewalk

The Redwoods Treewalk is a 553 metre walkway through towering Redwood trees. A series of 23 suspension bridges connect between 22 majestic 115-year-old Redwood trees. The bridges incline from 6 metres to an impressive 12 metres at its peak. Along with the daytime attraction, visitors can now enjoy the iconic nightime experience with the forest lit up by  David Trubridge Design lighting. ...

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...


Polynesian Spa

Polynesian Spa, New Zealand’s original geothermal bathing experience, offers therapeutic hot springs, wellness activities, and unique spa therapy treatments.  For over 52 years, it has been a sanctuary for visitors, consistently ranked among the world’s top spas and a must-do attraction in the region.   Water from two natural surface springs feeds into 28 mineral pools.  The s...


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...

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Geothermal adventures await you at Wai-O-Tapu, or 'Sacred Waters'.  It's one of the earth's most natural theme parks, although you might think you're in another world, or on a different planet... Just under 30kms from Rotorua, Wai-O-Tapu promises to show you sights you have never seen before, and can only see here!  Walking to the edge of the Champagne Pool is like walking around on M...

Skyline Rotorua

Skyline Rotorua is your ticket to an unforgettable holiday.  Begin your day with a tranquil Gondola ride up Mt Ngongotaha overlooking Lake Rotorua then wind your way down via the Luge.  If you prefer to descend by mountain bike, weave your way through one of the park trails. Get the adrenalin pumping even more on the Zoom Zipline and the Sky Swing.  Or, for a more relax...

Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Waimangu connects people with the beating heart of the world’s youngest geothermal valley, its unique history and legacy.  Home to the now hidden Pink and White Terraces, the eighth natural wonder of the world, Waimangu immerses visitors in the stories of the Mt Tarawera volcanic eruption, its people, and the resulting dramatic landscape changes that created the world’s youngest g...

Paradise Valley Springs

Paradise Valley Springs is a beautifully presented Wildlife park that features a pride of African Lions.  The African Lions  can be seen all day in an enclosure that allows visitors to get very close to these wild animals. The afternoon feeding show is a good time to see the lions active, and to learn more about the pride. Wild animals including goats, deers, tahr and wallab...

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...


Hells Gate Geothermal Park and Mud Bath and Spa

WHERE THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH MEETS THE SKY.   More than just a place of myth and legend, this land has the power to heal and excite anyone who meets it, just as it has done for centuries.  Come and discover New Zealand's most unique geothermal experience.   WHERE THE EARTH INSPIRES AND EXCITES. Brought to life by Rūaumoko, our land has inspired stories and excited visitors ...

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