Nestled beside the pristine Lake Rotorua on New Zealand’s North Island, the township of Rotorua is home to some of the most unique tourism sites in the world and has been welcoming tourists for more than 200 years.

Rotorua sits on a volcanic plateau providing inspiring natural sites throughout the town. The streets are pungent with the smell of sulphur and hot steam escapes from where Geysers, hot mud pools and steaming craters are testament of the earth’s incredible forces.

Helping form Rotorua’s amazing landscape is 16 beautiful lakes home to stock of trophy–sized rainbow trout. Rotorua is known as one of New Zealand’s prime trout fishing spots and anglers are almost guaranteed a catch.

Rotorua is also the heartland of New Zealand Maori culture where visitors have the opportunity to experience their warm spirit. A visit to the museum located within the famous Rotorua Bath House will educate and intrigue with its heritage collection. You could even catch a Maori cultural performance, where stories are relayed through beautiful song and dance.

Rotorua also offers a bundle of adrenalin charged action including kayaking and white water rafting of the regions extensive rapids. If you looking for a slightly slower pace, you may explore the stunning forest on foot, by following the many walking tracks.

Relax in Rotorua by enjoying the best Mother Nature has to offer by reviving your mind and body and soaking in the natural pools and springs or unwind with a therapeutic spa and massage.

Top 25 Rotorua Experiences

  1. Helicopter flight to White Island to view this amazing active volcano
  2. Floatplane trip to the geothermal fields
  3. Massage by Ripeka for heavenly relaxation
  4. The hot pools including the Polynesia Spa, Waikaite Valley, Kerosene Creek and the hot water beach, Lake Tarawera
  5. Mokoia Island Cruise
  6. Charter fishing
  7. River fly fishing
  8. Golf and Rotorua golf course but mind the mud pools
  9. Te Puia where you will find amazing geysers, mud pools and Maori culture
  10. Mountain biking along world renowned tracks
  11. Nature walks
  12. Mitai the Hangi feast and culture show
  1. Wai-o-tapu geothermal park
  2. Mud bath at Hells gate
  3. Rotorua museum
  4. Kiwi encounter
  5. Rainbow springs home to trout farm
  6. Zorbing
  7. Argo adventure
  8. Art trail
  9. Buried Village
  10. Jet boat adventure
  11. Sky diving
  12. White water rafting the steepest grade in the world
  13. Off the Road adventures

Maori Culture

Visit and encounter the New Zealand Maori history and culture of the local people and share in their pride and joy. Tours to the Maori village, with Maori guides dressed in traditional costumes, to introduce the visitors to Maori protocol, various activities, such as the haka, which is a fierce posture dance that scares the enemy etc.

Their traditional ways, their wood carving, weaving and sample the indigenous food flavours. Sample and experience a traditional hangi. (Feast) prepared the traditional Maori way on hot stones in an authentic wooden oven. You may then visit the Tribal Arts and Craft Market where souvenirs are on offer.

Geothermal Wonders

Incredible earth forces just below the surface give rise to this areas fame. Watch boiling mud pools, gushing geysers or even fly over an active volcano just off the pacific shore.

Wai-o-Tapu Thermal

Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland in New Zealand’s most colorful and diverse geothermal experience. Visitors walking at their own pace absorb the unique features which include naturally colored hot and cold pools and worlds famous Champagne Pool which occupies a 65 meter wide explosion crater, bubbling mud, steaming ground, expansive vistas and huge volcanic craters. The Lady Knox Geyser erupts daily at 10:15 am.

Volcanic Air Safari’s

View the majestic scene from above! Choose from a variety of helicopter and floatplane scenic flight and combo jet boat adventures. The major theme of our air tours is “volcanic” specializing in the dormant icon volcano of Mt Tarawera, the active offshore volcano of White Island includes helicopter landing and guided tour, the crater lakes and geothermal features of the area. For more information visit

Rotorua Museum of Art and History

Discover the essence of Rotorua: its people, culture and volcanic landscape. Visit Rotorua Museum and let us share with you the great stories which have shaped the past and present of the unique region.


There are sixteen lakes of varying size and depth in the vicinity of Rotorua. Most lakes are open all year round. Major fishing lakes are Rotorua, Rotoiti, Tarawera, Okataina and Rotoma. To lesser extent Lakes Rerewhakaaitu, Totoehu, Aniwhenue (on the Rangitaiki River) and Wakaremoana can be found much further each of the others.

Clearwater Cruises

Clearwater Cruises invites you to step aboard one of their vessels. A number of options are available to suit your group size and budget. As you cruise the pristine waters you may like to experience the thrill of catching a trophy sized Rainbow Trout or skim across the water to the three seater jets ski. Visit Hot Water Beach for a relaxing soak in a natural thermal pool and enjoy a sumptuous meal, fine wine and refreshments aboard the vessel. For more information. Visit Clearwater Cruises website:


For those guests seeking a calmer activity, golf tee times can be booked for you at reception at the Arifikapakapa Golf Course at the southern end of Fenton Street.

New Zealand Riverjet

“Winners of the 2008 Hospitality and Attractions Business Awards” New Zealand Riverjet offers a unique adventure experience for anyone visiting Rotorua or Taupo! No other activity offers the Icons of New Zealand Riverjet and Orakei Korako combined with one awesome day combo! For more information visit

Helicopter Flights

Experience the magnificent scenery of the area from above. Helipro’s exclusive tours feature flights to White Island, New Zealand permanently active Volcano, Mount Talawera, and the Rotorua Lakes. Combine this with other activities such as rafting or finish and tailor your own tour. For more information visit

Off road New Zealand

Drive yourself to the Max! At Off Road NZ, visitors can experience off-road driving at its best, outrageous adventure activities and team challenges. We are recognized leaders in adventure tourism and corporate entertainment catering for groups (size unlimited). For more information visit

Mount Tarawera Volcano Tours

Guided 4WD tours to the summit of the dormant volcano offer amazing views from where the North you can see Whale Island in the Bay of Plenty and to the South you can see the town Taupo. You will be told how spiritually significant the site is for the local Maori and the events in 1886 when Mount Tarawera erupted.

Then come the luxurious geothermal treatments to relax and pamper you til your heart is content followed by fine dining to reward your palate.

Rotorua, the tourism capital of New Zealand is only a stone's throw away and a wonderland for all to enjoy.