Rotorua Bucket List


As one of the most visited regions in New Zealand and the adventure capital of the North Island, Rotorua has an extensive list of activities to experience.  With geothermal activity and spas, family attractions and heaps of outdoor pursuits, we've created our 'Rotorua Bucket List' to highlight those must-try experiences.

Polynesian Spa

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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 is a mus... More info

Hells Gate Geothermal Park and Mud Bath and Spa

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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 ... More info

Te Puia

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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... More info

Redwoods Treewalk

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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. ... More info

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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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 Mars, such is... More info

Rotorua Canopy Tours

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Rotorua Canopy Tours will take you on a thrilling experience through prehistoric native forest.  Explore the canopy as you fly across a network of ziplines, swing bridges, cliff-walks, tree top platforms and more. You'll be kept safe and entertained by 2 knowledgeable and experienced kiwi guides. They will bring the forest to life as you become part of our forest restoration story. Choo... More info

Skyline Rotorua

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An iconic fixture of the local landscape, offering amazing gondola rides up the side of Mount Ngongotaha, luge rides, Skyswing and SkyVue cinema. Great for all the family. Skyline Rotorua has something for everyone. Catch the enclosed gondola and ride nearly 500 metres above the city, from where you'll be able to gaze in wonder at the stunning panorama before you. Survey Rotorua city, and get t... More info

Waimangu Volcanic Valley

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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... More info

Government Gardens

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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 beauitfually maintained gardens are a short walk to Lake Rototura,... More info

Tamaki Maori Village

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Award-winning cultural attraction in Rotorua. See how the Maori live and take part in authentic rituals before enjoying a traditional Maori feast. Unique insight into the real New Zealand. Tamaki Maori Village Experience is a must-visit for anybody interested in the history and traditions of New Zealand's indigenous people. This forest village, just minutes from the CBD, is an authentic settlem... More info