Top 10 things to do in Rotorua

by | Dec 9, 2021 | Rotorua

With so much choice for Rotorua activities it’s hard to choose a top 10 things to do in Rotorua, but here’s the ‘best of’ list, in no particular order, to get you going!

Top 10 things to do in Rotorua:

  1. Experience Rotorua’s geothermal magic
  2. Go white-water rafting
  3. Try ziplining
  4. Go mountain biking
  5. Visit the National Kiwi Hatchery
  6. Walk the Redwoods
  7. Go geocaching
  8. Luge down a mountain
  9. Get some culture

1. Experience Rotorua’s geothermal magic

It goes without saying. You can’t visit Rotorua and not see some volcanic action. There are so many different ways to experience this uique wonder of Rotorua. Click here to for our top geothermal and Rotorua hot springs experiences.

2. Go white-water rafting

Next up on our top 10 things to do in Rotorua is whitewater rafting! In Rotorua you can paddle the largest commercially rafted waterfall in the world. And best of all its only a 15 minute drive from town, unlike other rafting experiences where you have to travel hours to get to the river! Try River Rats they have great equipment and great guides!

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Photo: Plunge over the highest rafted waterfall in the world!

3. Try ziplining

Get out of your comfort zone and into this nature experience. You’ll be contributing to a good cause at the same time. Contact Rotorua Canopy Tours who will take you on this epic journey through untouched native forest. They have two increadible adventures to choose from. 

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Photo: Fly through ancient native forest on ziplines at Canopy Tours. 

4. Go mountain biking

 One of the things Rotorua is famous for is its increadible mountain biking. The trails are stoking and there are dozens to choose from. There is something for all skill sets, even the kids. BYO or hire a bike on site.

5. Visit the National Kiwi Hatchery

Seen a real kiwi before? – how can you pass up seeing a baby kiwi! Visit these icons at the National Kiwi Hatchery, located at Rainbow Springs. Sponsor a kiwi chick while you are there.

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Photo: The most ‘kiwi’ thing to see in New Zealand, check out the national kiwi hatchery while in Rotorua. credit: Rainbow springs

6. Walk the Redwoods

The Redwoods forest is magical, there are plenty of different tracks to ponder and its free!

7. Go geocaching

Geocashing is so fun and there’s hundreds in Rotorua. It’s will take you places you may never have found otherwise!

8. Luge down a mountain

Skyline Rotorua feature a gondola to get you up the mountain, then you get to luge down. Three tracks to choose from and it is great fun for the whole family. Number 8 on our top 10 things to do in Rotorua. 

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Photo: Fly down the mountain at Skyline Rotorua!

9. Get some culture

Check out something a little different from the norm at Whakarewarewa Living Village. This neighbourhood is real life, locals living amongst the thermal pools and living their best lives. Try the corn on the cob – OMG it’s so good!

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Photo: Whakarewarewa Living Village is a fantastic way to experience the culture in Rotorua. 

10. Have dinner at the Night Market

Hit the city centre any Thursday night for a massive range of street food, fresh produce and the odd souvenir. Well priced, there’s normally live entertainment and you will be supporting local!

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