There’s no better place to be in the outdoors during winter than Rotorua. While many people prefer to hibernate during the cool months, we think winter is the time to feel alive, brave the elements and wrap up warm to experience nature in all it’s beauty. There are so many things to do in Rotorua in winter. The city’s beautiful forests, lakes and nature-based experiences make it the ultimate destination to get outside and its geothermal energy means that there’s always a naturally heated hot pool waiting for you after a day of exploring.
Top five awesome things to do in Rotorua in winter:
Hot soak at Polynesian Spa
Feel alive mountain biking through forest
Native forest tour at Rotorua Canopy Tours
Fill your tummy at Eat Streat
Warm up with a walk around Blue Lake
1. Soak in the hot pools
It goes without saying that Rotorua’s hot pools are a real treat in winter time, especially at Polynesian Spa. It’s a pretty unique way to recharge weary bodies after a morning exploring the great outdoors. If you're after relaxing things to do in Rotorua in winter you can't go past the beautiful, naturally heated hot pools.
Photo: In the cooler months you can heat up in the natural geothermal pools Rotorua has to offer
2. Get on your mountain bike
Winter means lush, emerald-green forests and trails without the crowds! With over 100km of trails to explore just minutes from the city, it’s no wonder Rotorua is developing a reputation as one of the best places to mountain bike in the world. There are a lot of different Rotorua mountain biking tracks to suit all abilities and it's one of the most active things to do in Rotorua in winter.
3. Fly through the forest on a Rotorua Canopy Tour
Rotorua Canopy Tours is an amazing outdoor activity during the winter months. Winter is simply stunning in the native forest, with every fern, tree and plant at its lush green best. If you want fresh air in your lungs and an adventure you won’t forget in a hurry this is the activity for you. This adventure is one of the things to do in Rotorua in winter that you won’t want to miss! And there are two incredible tours to choose from, their award-winning Original Canopy Tour or their even higher and longer Ultimate Canopy Tour.
Photo: Fly through the lush rainforest with Rotorua Canopy Tours during winter
4. Discover Eat Streat
Rotorua has undergone a resurgence in its restaurant scene which is driven by the high standards that are set on Eat Streat. Walk down the street and find a great bar or restaurant, warm the body up and taste what Rotorua has to offer. The thermally heated footpath will keep you warm while you enjoy the vibrant dining atmosphere.
5. Go walking
In winter, it’s a bit too cold to jump into a lake, but why not take a scenic walk around one? The last of our things to do in Rotorua in winter is the many amazing walks in the region. Follow the Lake Rotorua walking trail, visiting Sulphur Point and the Redwood Forest and see Rotorua at its geothermal best.
Photo: Walk around one of the lakes in Rotorua during winter for some beautiful scenery
This geothermal city really does makes for the ultimate winter weekend away with great options for things to do in Rotorua in winter. Immerse yourself in nature with a forest canopy tour, a walk around the lake, or a morning of mountain biking followed with a soak in a naturally heated hot pool – bliss! If you're still looking for other things to do, check out our top things to do in Rotorua.