Top 10 Things To Do in Rotorua

Te Puia

Te Po begins at Te Keketanga-a-Rangi (Heavenly Origins), a space comprising twelve monumental carvings reaching skyward. Hear stories of our past prior to assembling at the waharoa (gateway) of our marae. Experience an authentic Maori welcome ceremony, warrior's challenge and kapa haka (performing arts) concert.The Maori Feast is a culinary opportunity like no other.

Kaituna Cascades

With possibly the world's highest commercially rafted waterfall, 6/7 metres [21 ft], the Kaituna River is a white-water enthusiasts dream come true. Flowing through an extremely steep and narrow canyon, in 50 minutes you will paddle 14 awesome drops, including two waterfalls and some great rapids. Only 15 minutes from Rotorua.


An evening at Mitai will give you an authentic introduction to Maori culture leaving you amazed and in awe. Enter the world of Mitai.See your traditionally cooked hangi meal being lifted from the ground. During our cultural performance, you’ll learn about our past, carvings and ta moko (tattoo art). The Mitai family is proud to have created a sacred and spiritual place that offers you an indigenous cultural experience like no other.


The Agrodome offers visitors an experience like no other – seeing through the eyes of a true New Zealand farmer. Situated just north of Rotorua city on a scenic 160-hectare sheep and beef farm, this exciting, educational and hands-on experience is one not to be missed.

Hells Gate - Wai Ora Spa

The unique geothermal muds and waters of Rotorua are renown for their curative and invigorating properties—and this is particularly so at “Hells Gate” - Rotorua’s most active thermal park. For more than 700 years “Hells Gate” or Tikitere as it is known to the Maori has been a special place of wellness from the medicinal Sulphur Lake to the curative waters and muds of "Hurutini" (name of a geothermal pool).

Tamaki Maori Village- Evening Cultural Experience

New Zealand’s Most Awarded Cultural Experience!
Experience an evening of ceremonial ritual, powerful cultural performance, storytelling & hangi feasting. Share in the Powhiri, our ancient ceremony of welcome before entering our pre-European Maori Village nestled within a native Tawa Forest. The village comes alive with sights, sounds & activity of days gone by including haka, poi, tattooing, weaving, carving and arts of warrior training. You will have the opportunity to participate in these activities. Witness the earth being scraped away from the hangi pit to reveal baskets of food cooked beneath the ground on hot stones. Enter the ancestral meeting house and enjoy a powerful cultural performance before dining the traditional hangi buffet feast!

Kiwi Encounter/Rainbow Springs

Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park has been a favourite destination since 1932. A natural spring of fresh water has given us the ability to conserve a special part of New Zealand. Spread over 22 acres of parkland, Rainbow Springs offers a truly unique experience and is a must-see for anyone wanting to get to know New Zealand’s wonderful environment and animals, both during the day and at night.


Wai-O-Tapu (Sacred Waters) is New Zealand's most colourful and diverse volcanic area. The walks take visitors on a journey through stunning geothermal activity and unforgettable vistas. You will find innumerable colours of every tint and hue displayed in pools, lakes, craters, steam vents, mineral terraces and even the tracks you walk on.

Polynesian Spa

Just for adults, this popular area offers seven hot mineral pools, six with views of Lake Rotorua. Three cascading, marble-lined pools (36°C to 39°C), feature alkaline water. The smooth terraced walls provide a popular resting spot for bathers! The large deeper alkaline pool (38°C) is an excellent place to stretch out for some light activity. While the three Priest Spa pools (39°C to 42°C), offer special thermal bathing in acidic water from the Radium hot spring, long renowned for its therapeutic properties.

Rotorua Museum

The museum is housed in the historic Bath House building, located in the Government Gardens. Rotorua Museum opened in the South Wing of the Bath House in 1969 and Rotorua Art Gallery opened in the North wing in 1977. In 1988 the two operations combined to become Rotorua Museum of Art and History.

Skyline Skyrides

Set high on the side of Mount Ngongotaha with extensive views of Rotorua city, Lake Rotorua, geothermal areas and surrounding hinterlands, Skyline Rotorua provides the ideal venue for a day of family fun, a romantic evening for two or a event with that all important wow factor.

Velocity Valley

This ultimate adventure park is perfect for all walks of life, from children to backpackers, honeymooners, families, hens parties and everyone in-between.  Offering 5 iconic New Zealand adventures rides in one location.  Rotorua’s one and only Bungy jump – best value bungy in NZ, Giant 40m Swoop sky swing, Agrojet - NZ's ONLY commercial jet sprint (and fastest jet boat in the country), NZ's ONE and ONLY wind tunnel Freefall Xtreme and the incredible racing monorail, Shweeb Racer  - the ONLY one in the world.  Need a ride? We offer free transport, pick up and drop off from Rotorua Top 10.  Velocity Valley – we make fast fun for everyone.

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"Fabulous, friendly, clean. This park is great, An easy walk to town and restaurants. Bathrooms are clean and modern. Thermal pools are fun. Pretty much every site is quite close to facilities and bathrooms. We loved it!"

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