There are so many things to do in Rotorua. Rotorua has got to be one of the most popular places to visit in New Zealand - and for good reason! Known for its active geothermal landscape, exciting outdoor adventures, and Māori culture, Rotorua really is a NZ ‘must see’. Take all the opportunities you can to explore the amazing city in the heart of the North Island.
Spending a weekend in Rotorua is full of fun and adventures. There are so many outdoor activities you can choose from, ranging from zip lining, mountain biking, luging and hot springs.
Here are the top 5 things to do in Rotorua that we would recommend to experience the best adventures we have to offer:
Zip and Soak with Rotorua Canopy Tours & OGO
1.Zip & Soak with Rotorua Canopy Tours & OGO
Mountain biking is known as one of the top Rotorua Attractions and the Whakarewarewa Redwood Forest is a great place to go as it's suitable for all ages and abilities. The Rotorua Canopy Tours team is full of keen mountain bikers that love to get out to the Whakarewarewa Redwood Forest - check out some of the teams favourite trails!
From New Zealand’s largest city to its geothermal heart, this five day road trip covers some of our must-do spots that you should include in your New Zealand Itineraries. A family road trip from Auckland to Rotorua will take you to a volcano, hobbit holes and glowworm caves, and zipping through ancient trees.
Rotorua is full of different adventures and activities to do during the day. So, here are a few ideas to help you out with some things to do in Rotorua at night. Check out our ideas for night time activities in Rotorua.
- Eat Streat
- Polynesian Spa
- Redwoods Treewalk
- Pig & Whistle
- Mini Golf
- Mitai Maori Village Experience
If you're looking for the top free things to do in Rotorua then you're in luck! With so much to see and do in Rotorua you'll be spoiled for choice. Here's our top five things to do in Rotorua for free to get you started:
- Mountain Biking
- Blue Lake Track
- Kuirau Park
- Government Gardens
- Okere Falls
There are lots of walks within 2 hours drive of Rotorua that are amazing to do. Check out these half - full day walking tracks that are surrounded by beautiful forest and spectacular views. All of these Rotorua walks make for an unforgettable day of sightseeing:
Tarawera Outlet to Tarawera Falls
Mount Ngongotaha Scenic Reserve
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Rainbow Mountain Summit Track
While many people prefer to hibernate during the cool winter 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. Check out our top things to do in Rotorua in the 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
Sometimes, there’s nothing better than a weekend away with your other half. New scenery, sleep-ins, exciting things to do and making new memories together are all great reasons to escape for a romantic weekend away. We’ve put our heads together to come up with the ultimate itinerary for a ‘weekend of romance’ in Rotorua:
- Friday Evening: Treetops Lodge & Aorangi Peak
- Saturday: Rotorua Canopy Tours, Okere Falls, Stratosphere Restaurant
- Sunday: Pure Cruise, White Island by Helicopter, Eat Streat