Rotorua is known for bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers, and natural hot springs, as well as showcasing our fascinating Māori culture. Combine the experience of a 4WD hiking tour on Mount Tarawera with a floatplane flight. On an exhilarating zipline adventure, we take you deep into the wilderness to experience a prehistoric forest at its best.
From crystal-clear streams and magical forests to epic biking trails and thermal mud pools, Rotorua has it all. The city offers a raft of attractions and experiences for everyone from adventure-seekers to those just looking to unwind.
Sitting within the Pacific Rim of Fire, Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland with bubbling mud pools, clouds of steam, and natural hot springs perfect for bathing and relaxing in. The city is surrounded by mountains, rivers, native forests, and 18 freshwater lakes, making it the perfect place to reconnect with nature. Rotorua has world-class mountain bike trails. Walking, horse riding and swimming or fishing in the lakes and rivers are some of the best ways to see the wildlife, breath-taking scenery and discover the region’s hidden gems.
Stay at Peppers on the Point which has a relaxed and tranquil ambiance, with lavish features and amazing views over the beautiful Mokoia Island. Rotorua is a New Zealand Maori heartland in the Rim of Fire region with a cultural history like no other. You would never guess that this lakeside Rotorua accommodation, so lovingly preserved, is just 5 minutes from the heart of the city. Or: Solitaire Lodge Rotorua, one of New Zealand’s premier luxury lodges, enjoys breathtaking views over Lake Tarawera, with lush natural bush and volcanic landscape backdrop. The subtle design brings the outdoors in, inviting you to unwind and soak up the peace and quiet of this tranquil setting.
Combine the experience of a 4WD hiking tour on Mount Tarawera by Kaitiaki Adventures. Your journey begins with an off-road 4WD experience through native New Zealand bush, transporting you to the edge of the crater. After a 1.5-2 hour hike, your 4WD will drop you at the remote shores of Lake Rerewhakaaitu when you will return to Rotorua by floatplane. Enjoy a spectacular aerial overview of the Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Mount Tarawera, and our hidden lakes district. This stunning flight completes the Tarawera experience and returns you to your departure point on the shores of Lake Rotorua at our downtown city floatplane pier.
After taking in the scenery we will gently touch down on the waters of Lake Rotoiti to enjoy the secluded thermal baths of Manupirua Bay. It’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced before!
Explore the ancient native forests on this award-winning nature zipline Rotorua experience! Rotorua Canopy Tours will take you on a journey through prehistoric native forests. Explore the canopy as you fly on a network of ziplines, swing bridges, cliff-walks, treetop platforms, and more. See New Zealand like it once was from the top of the forest canopy.
Visit Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, a spectacular showcase of New Zealand’s most colorful and unique geothermal elements sculpted by thousands of years of volcanic activity. Sculptured out of the volcanic activity and thousands of years in the making, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is considered to be New Zealand’s most colorful and diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction. You are introduced to a uniquely different natural landscape – the key to what you see lies below the surface – one of the most extensive geothermal systems in New Zealand, extending over 18-sq. km.
Self-drive (or as private guided for extra charges) Tour 2 nights
Location: North Island
Accommodation: 5* Luxury Rotorua Lake Side Retreat DBB
Next Departure: Daily
LOCATIONS AND HIGHLIGHTS:
Day 1: Auckland - Rotorua
Hike and 4WD at Mt Tarawera, pick up by Floatplane at Lake Tarawera
Floatplane ride over lakes and landing at remote Rotoiti natural Hot Pools.
Day 2: Rotorua
Canopy Zip line tour in Rainforest
(Optional: Te Puia Maor Arts and craft center and cultural show, extra charges)
Day 3: Rotorua - Auckland
Entree fees for Wai-o-tapu geothermal area
(Optional: stop at Hobbiton Movie Set, extra charges)