Looking for the top Rotorua things to do? This beautiful city has it all, nature, culture, action and relaxation. To make your travel plans a little easier we’ve put together our list of the top 10 must-dos in this geothermal hot spot, so you’ll never be stuck for the best Rotorua things to do.
On our zipline ecotour you’re sure to hear many of our native birds when your soaring through the canopy. Our beautiful ancient forest is filled with all sorts of birds including Kereru, Tui, North Island Robin, Kaka, Long-tailed Cuckoo, tomtits and fantails. If you’re lucky you may even get to hand feed one of the wild native birds on tour with us! Here are a few of the birds to keep an eye out for on our ecotour.
Wondering what to do in Rotorua in spring and summer? The warmer months are an awesome time of year to get outside and explore. Some of the best ideas for what to do in Rotorua in spring and summer are spending time at the lakes, going on an adventure with Rotorua Canopy Tours or River Rats or choosing one of the many amazing walks around the city.
Written by Verity Coker
Rotorua Canopy Tours is a native forest zipline experience with a difference. Every customer who goes on a Canopy Tour helps to restore the native forest that has been damaged by humans and introduced pests, it truly is tourism with a difference! A portion of every tour purchased is donated to their conservation efforts. With these funds, the team have been able to restore a large section of the Dansey Road Scenic Reserve by trapping for invasive pests, such as rats and possums that prey on native species including birds and insects, the pests also graze on the native forest itself.
Spencer showing Trenz delegates how to set a possum trap.
For the past six years, Canopy Tours have been trapping in the Dansey Road Scenic Reserve. They have trapped over 250 hectares of forest and have seen amazing results. Hundreds of pests have been removed from this area and native bird numbers have risen, the North Island Robin can even be seen eating out of visitor’s hands on tour.
The Rotorua Canopy Tours guides love a good adventure and they enjoy getting out driving through the North Island soaking up the beauty of our country. On their days off they are always going on road trips around the country to their favourite spots and destinations. We asked the team to share their favourite places they road trip to - check them out below to add to your New Zealand Itineraries:
- Taranaki Falls, National Park Village
- Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
- Tatapouri Bay, Gisborne
- Fletcher Bay to Stony Bay, Coromandel Town
- Tongariro River Trail, Turangi
- Tokaanu Thermal Pools, Turangi
Over the warmer summer months camping in Rotorua is an awesome option for accommodation but with so many fantastic campsites, you may need a little help choosing where to camp. Rotorua camping puts you in the heart of nature with all the fun right at your front door! Camping is also a great way to save some money for all those amazing activities Rotorua has to offer and a fantastic option for those travelling with families.
If you’re stuck with where to camp in Rotorua, we’ve put together our top 4 camping Rotorua options below:
Blue Lake Top 10 Holiday Park
Hot Water Beach, Lake Tarawera
Lake Okareka DOC Campsite
Rotorua Top 10 Holiday Park & Camping
With Lake Taupo being the largest lake in New Zealand you are really spoiled for choice with all the adventures and activities that go on in and around it. Taupo is an awesome place to visit year round - summer is the perfect time to get out and about at the lake and winter is ideal for the snow sports. Let us help you out and recommend some of our favourite things to do over at our neighbours at Lake Taupo this summer.
- Bulli Point
- Kayak to the Maori rock carvings
- Whakaipo Bay
- Chris Jolly Lake Cruise
- Paetiki Bakery
1. Bulli Point
Show off your Olympic diving skills by jumping off rock ledges and into the fresh blue waters of Lake Taupo at Bulli Point. There’s three ledges to jump from (the highest is 7m) and the water’s so deep there’s no chance of hitting the bottom. So, pull out your biggest back flips and show the locals what you’ve got - or they will show you what they have got!
We all have heaps of suggestions of where to stay but we also have awesome suggestions of where to eat. Some of our favourites are only well known by the locals and we love sharing the local secrets with our visitors. Make sure you check out these awesome food places for some of the best food in town.
- Rotorua Night Markets
- Ciabatta Bakery
- Patricks Pies
- Okere Falls Store