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Best things to do on a rainy day in Rotorua

Monday, 18 May 2020

We all love a bit of sunshine however, a rainy day in Rotorua is not at all bad. There are plenty of things to do on a rainy day in Rotorua and some activities are actually better to do when it's wet! Check out some of the best activities we think you should do in Rotorua when it rains.

1. Relax in a natural hot spring at Kerosene Creek

2. Raft down the adrenaline pumping rapids with River Rats

3. Zipline through native forest with Rotorua Canopy Tours

4. Experience a Maori cultural evening with Mitai

5. Learn about the history of Rotorua at the Blue Baths

1. Relax in a natural hot spring at Kerosene Creek

The best way to spend a cloudy, rainy day is by soaking in a hot spring surrounded by native bush with rain falling around you. Kerosene creek is a freshwater, natural hot spring about 30km south of Rotorua. The hot water from a natural spring bubbles up from the ground into the cool waters of the creek, which creates the warm water - and why it is also called 'Hot n Cold' by the locals. This is one of the most relaxing free things to do on a rainy day in Rotorua. As the rain hits the water the steam sits low creating a cosy and relaxed atmosphere. This geothermal heated stream is the perfect place to blob out and relax while experiencing a New Zealand natural hot spring. 

things to do on a rainy day in Rotorua Kerosene CreekPhoto: The natural hot spring at Kerosene Creek will keep you warm on a rainy day in Rotorua

 

2. Raft down the adrenaline pumping rapids with River Rats

Next up is one of our more adrenaline pumping things to do on a rainy day in Rotorua. Don’t let the weather stop you from white water rafting down the rapids of the Kaituna River. River Rats take you on a guided white water rafting trip down rapids and over a 7 metre waterfall - it is the highest commercial waterfall in New Zealand! River Rats gear you up with wet suits to keep you warm while you’re having the time of your life riding down the adrenaline pumping rapids.

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Photo: Don't let the weather stop you from doing one of the most adrenaline pumping things to do on a rainy day in Rotorua

 

3. Zipline through native forest with Rotorua Canopy Tours

Ziplining through lush native forest is one of the best things to do on a rainy day in Rotorua. In fact, a ziplining tour with Rotorua Canopy Tours is even better on a rainy day! The forest sparkles in the rain, the smell of nature fills the air and the damp atmosphere makes you feel alive and fresh among nature’s creation. There are two tours to choose from. Both experiences will take you through the untouched native forest via a network of ziplines and walking bridges. The guides will also educate you about the conservation efforts and history of this beautiful rainforest. The Rotorua Canopy Tours guides will make sure you are prepared and provide wet weather gear from head to toe so there is so need to worry about getting wet.

things to do on a rainy day in Rotorua Rotorua-Canopy-ToursPhoto: Ziplining through native rainforest with Rotorua Canopy Tours on a rainy day is an incredible feeling

 

4. Experience a Maori cultural evening with Mitai

Rotorua is renowned for the traditional Maori cultural experience. A Maori experience is one of the perfect things to do on a rainy day in Rotorua. At Mitai, the evening lasts about 3 hours. You are greeted by a local Maori host where they explain how they cook the hangi (traditional meal) and some background of the waka (canoe). While the hangi is being prepared, you head down to the river where you watch the warriors paddle on their waka. You are then taken to watch the traditional Maori performance that is sheltered which includes the welcome, waiatas (singing), haka and poi (Maori dance). There are a few outside parts of the experience so we recommend that you take a rain jacket with you to keep you warm and dry.

things to do on a rainy day in Rotorua mitai

Photo: Learn something new and immerse yourself in the maori culture at Mitai

 

5. Learn about the history of Rotorua at the Blue Baths

Our last things to do on a rainy day in Rotorua in the Blue Baths. It's an awesome and unique way to find out about some of the history of Rotorua. The Blue Baths are located next to the Museum in a spectacular historic building. The building was built during the great depression and was used for huge aquatic carnivals. The baths were also used for treatments and movie-style glamour afternoons.  Events are held there regularly and there is a small museum about the past history.  You can still swim there in the original outdoor heated family pool and the hot pools. It's  a great way to warm up and learn about some Rotorua history on a rainy day in Rotorua.

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Photo: The historic Blue Baths will teach you a bit about history and keep you warm on a rainy day Credit: James Carmichael

 

If you're still looking for other things to do in the geothermal city you can check out Things to do in Rotorua.

 

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