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Looking for things to do in Rotorua, NZ? This geothermal wonderland is one of New Zealand's top destinations, with plenty of hot springs and volcanic activity, while maori culture is likewise at the forefront with numerous cultural experiences and ceremonies for visitors to part in. Visit the set of The Hobbit, see the geysers and volcanic pools of Te Puia, experience Tamaki Maori Village and take part in any number of Rotorua tours - the choice is yours. Browse our range of Rotorua experiences here and book online today!

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Tamaki Maori Village
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The Hobbit Movie Set Tours
The Hobbit Movie Set Tours
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Admission and Tour
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Kaituna Grade 5 White Water Rafting
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Skyline Gondola and Luge Rotorua
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Polynesian Spa Entry & Packages
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Te Puia Maori Cultural Tour and Steambox Lunch
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Zorb Experience in Rotorua
Zorb Experience in Rotorua
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Black Water Rafting Waitomo Caves Tour
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Rotorua Forest Zipline Canopy Tours
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White Island Tour
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Wai O Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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The Middle Earth Trilogy
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Tour from Rotorua
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Rotorua RiverJet with optional Squeeze Experience
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Whakarewarewa Hangi Lunch and Maori Concert
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Te Puia Geothermal and Maori Cultural Experience
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White Island Helicopter Flight
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Waimangu Volcano Valley including walk and optional cruise
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Mitai Maori Village
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Lake Rotorua Dining Cruises
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Rotorua Highlights Tour
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Velocity Valley Adventure Playground Activity Combos
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Kawarau Jet Rotorua and Kjet Parasailing
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ATV Quad Bike Tours
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Rangitaiki River White Water Rafting from Rotorua
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Government Gardens
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Rotorua Night Markets
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Sulphur Bay
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Skyline Half Day Adventure Pass Rotorua
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Off Road 4WD Buggy Adventure Rotorua
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Mt Tarawera and Waimangu Volcanic Valley Flight
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Island and Wildlife Cruise
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White Island Tour with Rotorua Transfers
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Hells Gate Geothermal Park Entry and Mud Spa Packages
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Top 10 Things to do in - Rotorua and surrounds

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Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley
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Rotorua Museum
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Maori Village
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Agroventures Adventure Park
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White Water Rafting
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Scenic Flight
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Whakarewarewa Forest
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Lake Rotorua
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Skyline Rotorua
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1. Visit Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Location:201 Waiotapu Loop Rd, Rotorua

This is the most colourful volcanic area in the country and allows visitors some great angles for photos as you're able to basically step right up to€“ or in some cases, walk directly through some of the most striking hot pools you're ever likely to see. Wai-o-Tapu also combines the three essential sights of any geothermal hot spot; prominent geysers, naturally boiling mud pools and volcanic vistas, in a single location, making for a comprehensive experience.

2. Explore Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Location:587 Waimangu Rd, Rotorua

Waimangu Volcanic Valley is full of amazing thermal activity that allows visitors to walk through a wild, active landscape. With an emphasis on ecological values, the valley offers a range of walks or hikes past steaming craters, native plants and plenty of bird life to form an impressive tableau that simply screams Rotorua in every way.

3. Visit Rotorua Museum

Location:Queens Drive, Rotorua

A beautiful building in its own right, the Rotorua Museum just a few minutes walk from most city-centre accommodation is the real choice of destinations for those who take their history seriously. Rotorua Museum features a robust yet compact display of exhibits that go into great detail on Maori history and art that encompasses relics dating back to the journey of the region's original inhabitants that made their way across the Pacific Ocean to New Zealand.

4. Visit a Maori Village

Location:Hinemaru Street and Fairy Springs Road, Rotorua

Culture plays a huge role in making Rotorua what it is, and while it's hard to gain a true appreciation of such a deep and traditional one as that of Maori while only visiting on holiday, Rotorua's Maori Villages attempt to do their best to provide a distilled, tourist-friendly version of it to interested visitors. Rotorua has three such attractions; Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village, Tamaki Maori Village and Mitai Maori Village, all of which are highly regarded and incorporate a blend of ceremonies, music, storytelling, dance and dining into a single package that's as entertaining as it is informative.

5. Enjoy Agroventures Adventure Park

Location:1335 Paradise Valley Rd, Ngongotaha, Rotorua

The park features a range of rides and activities that utilise different machines and mechanisms to put a different spin on your standard outdoor activities. Ranging from the world's only jet-sprint experience to New Zealand's only wind-column free-fall skydive simulator to its weird and wonderful pedal-powered capsule experience and more. Not just a place merely for kids, Agroventures just outside Rotorua provides and entirely original way to spend a few hours or a full day.

6. Go White Water Rafting with River Rats

Location:Te Ngae Road, Rotorua

Those looking for some group-oriented white water fun will be able to tackle the challenging Kaituna River and its steep drop with River Rats. The adventure is set amongst some stunning scenery typical of Rotorua's surrounds, which serve as an ideal backdrop for this wet-and-wild kind of experience.

7. Take a volcano scenic flight

Location:Memorial Drive, Rotorua

Visitors to the region are able to choose from an extensive range of flight options either by taking a helicopter ride or a floatplane where take off and landing are done entirely on the water. Some of the region's most impressive attractions are best both viewed and accessed by air, with the steaming pools of Hell's Gate and Waimangu, the Buried Village and even the incredible sea-volcano of White Island all viable and popular options run by local operator Volcanic Air Safaris.

8. See The Redwoods at Whakarewarewa Forest

Location:Long Mile Road, Rotorua

Whakarewarewa Forest is easy to enjoy as this vast area of natural offerings is varied enough to offer something for everyone. The ideal spot of choice in the Rotorua region for lovers of the traditional outdoors, all it takes is a short 5 minute drive from the city centre and you'll soon find yourself what feels like a world away, surrounded by immense Californian Redwood trees up to 60m tall which were originally planted around Rotorua back in 1901.

9. Cruise Lake Rotorua

Location:Memorial Drive, Rotorua

The Rotorua region's volcanic origins are reflected in the lake, which is actually quite shallow at an average of 10m deep and has high sulphur content resulting in a shifting, green-blue-yellow palette. With its location situated on the north side of the city, Lake Rotorua provides visitors with a focal point for a large variety of activities and other aquatic things to do - with perhaps the most iconic of these being its Lakeland Queen cruise boat.

10. Ascend up Skyline Rotorua

Location:178 Fairy Springs Rd, Fairy Springs, Rotorua

The ideal starting point for any trip to Rotorua begins with a trip on Rotorua's Skyline Gondola which takes guests up the side of the city's Mount Ngongotaha to the activity-filled Skyline complex which sits atop the mount. It's likely one of the first things you'll want to do when you get to the city as travelling up the mountainside not only gives you great 180-degree views of the panorama of Rotorua, its lake, Mokoia Island and further off into the distance, but will allow you to get a sense of how the area is laid out and help orientate yourself for the rest of your time in the region.

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