When it comes to things to do in Rotorua, we’re spoilt for choice. Whether you’re an adventurer, a foodie, or a serial relaxer, there’s something for everyone this summer. But if you’re strapped for time and overwhelmed by choices, it can be near impossible to pick just a few things to do.
We’ve partnered with five amazing Rotorua attractions to create the ‘Top 6’ – a tourism taster of Rotorua that covers everything from adrenaline-fueled fun to immersive cultural experiences perfect for the whole family.
If flying through a prehistoric native forest sounds like a dream come true, then Canopy Tours is for you. As the name suggests, you’ll be guided through the forest canopy on a network of swing bridges and ziplines, with epic views from tree top platforms and cliff walks.
Explore their Zip + Soak hot tub/zipline combo here https://www.canopytours.co.nz/secret-spot-hot-pools-combo/
Experience the weird and wonderful phenomenon of diving into a giant inflatable ball and rolling down a mountain! Rotorua’s Zorb is the only zorbing location in New Zealand, and with four different ball rolling tracks (not to mention the stunning views of Lake Rotorua) it has something for every member of the family.
Check it out here https://zorb.com/
Te Pā Tū
Te Pā Tū, previously Tamaki Māori Village, presents a cultural and kai (cuisine) event that is immersive, educational, and world-class. At Te Pā Tū, an evening of celebration and feasting awaits, with shared stories, harvesting techniques and preparation processes allowing a glimpse into Māori history, traditions, and future aspirations.
Learn more about the experience here https://te-pa-tu.com/
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Explore the world’s youngest geothermal valley and learn more about its unique history with a self-guided or guided walking tour through volcanic craters, hot water springs and beautiful geothermal features. Not only can you walk through this valley of wonders, but you will also experience the geothermal sights from the water on their Lake Rotomahana boat cruise.
Begin your Waimangu adventure here https://www.waimangu.co.nz/
Secret Spot Hot Tubs
There’s nothing better than finding a secluded place to unwind after a day of hard-core adventures. Soak in your own cedar hot tub with friends and family, nestled between native ferns and overlooking the forest and Puarenga stream. With craft drinks delivered to you at the push of a button, life really can’t get more relaxing. If you’re feeling peckish, Secret Spot’s BaseCamp cafe and craft bar serve up epic street food and delicious local bakery goods perfect for those post-ride hunger pangs.
Learn more about our hot tub experience here https://secretspot.nz/experience/
One of Rotorua’s most picturesque 18 lakes, Lake Tikitapu (also known as Blue Lake) is a local favourite for swimming, lakeside picnicking, paddle boarding and skiing. The Blue Lake Track is a short 5.5km walk and wends its way around the lake, weaving through the stunning native bush of the Whakarewarewa Forest. Located just a 15-minute drive from the city centre, Lake Tikitapu is a great option for families and couples looking for an outdoor escape.
Learn more about Blue Lake here https://www.rotoruanz.com/things-to-do/fishing/lake-tikitapu-blue-lake