Activities and Adventures in Rotorua

Rotorua has it all - adventure, adrenalin, scenery, nature, speed and excitement. With a huge array of things to do, we have outlined a few of our top picks to help you decide!

Rotorua Canopy Tours - New Zealand like you've never seen it.

The adventure of a lifetime!

Fly through the native forest canopy on a network of ziplines and swingbridges. Experience New Zealand like you’ve never seen it.

Our kiwi guides will bring the forest to life as you become part of our conservation story.

We have two unforgettable eco-adventures to choose from….

 The Original Canopy Tour is an unforgettable and enlightening adventure, perfect for all ages.

The Ultimate Canopy Tour is higher, longer and more spectacular than the award winning Original Canopy Tour.

Zorb (formally OGO)

OGO Rotorua has purchased ZORB. "After inventing the ZORB ball, my brother David and I developed this Kiwi concept into a world-renowned adventure experience. We left ZORB in 2006 and developed OGO in 2010. We are thrilled that, 9 years later, we are in a position to purchase back our old company."

OGO Rotorua is the world’s largest downhill ball rolling park and is located on the site where this iconic Kiwi activity was launched onto the unsuspecting public in the 1990s. Situated with spectacular views of Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island, OGO Rotorua is the only place in New Zealand where you can experience this hilariously addictive adventure experience.

Superman dive into a giant inflatable ball and roll down Mt Ngongotaha with ZORB, where the fun will have you laughing uncontrollably.

Discover FOUR different ball rolling tracks – the world’s longest zig-zag Sidewinder Track, the smooth ‘n’ fast double Straight Track, MEGA Track -the longest, fastest and steepest track in all the land, and the newest track; Big Air, our latest thrill ride. Ride with water or without water, the choice is yours!

The experience of rolling down a hill inside a giant inflatable ball has been an iconic adventure experience since Andrew and David Akers invented and developed the first ever ZORB site in the world back in 1997 at this very location!

To this day, Rotorua is the ONLY location in New Zealand where you can experience this amazingly fun and bizarre bucket list activity.

Kaituna Cascades

Kaituna Cascades was the very 1st and Original Rafting Company to open up the Kaituna River and its amazing deep warm water canyons, including the now famous 7metre " Tutea Falls" - the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world!

Our sweet Rafting Base in Okere Falls is in an awesome sunny location, surrounded by a scenic reserve and backs onto the shores of the Kaituna. We are the closest and most accessible company to the river.

All of our guides are handpicked, highly skilled professionals that come from an extreme whitewater background in Kayaking and Rafting. We are a company of paddling champions, with super friendly guides that strive to give you the safest and most entertaining trip on the river!

Our aim is have FUN, Come join us for this EPIC once in a lifetime experience....


An Authentic Traditional Maori Experience!

An evening at Mitai will give you an authentic introduction to Maori culture leaving you amazed and in awe. Enter the world of Mitai. Be enthralled by the natural bush setting, see warriors in traditional dress paddle an ancient warrior canoe (waka) down the Wai-o-whiro stream, and don’t miss your only opportunity in the Rotorua area to see glow worms in their natural habitat.

Marvel at the crystal clear water full of eels and trout, flowing directly from the earth at the sacred Fairy Spring. 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).

Hells Gate - Wai Ora Spa

Hells Gate geothermal attraction features boiling hot pools and erupting waters with temperatures in excess of 100 degrees Celsius; steaming fumaroles; hot water lakes; sulphur crystals and deposits; New Zealand's largest active mud volcano; Southern Hemisphere's largest hot water fall and even examples of land coral. 

See, touch and be amazed with the unique geothermal muds of the Hells Gate geothermal park - the black geothermal mud used for more than a century in the treatment of arthritics and rheumatism, our ice cold white geothermal mud that changes its form from solid to liquid and back again, that is used for the relief of burns; and the warm silky grey geothermal mud that gently exfoliates the skin. 

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. 

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. For EXCLUSIVE SAVINGS- Click HERE

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.

Te Puia spans 70 hectares within the historic Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, on the edge of Rotorua. We are home to the world famous P?hutu geyser, mud pools, hot springs and silica formations. You will also find the native Kiwi bird and the national schools of wood carving, weaving, stone and bone carving. We have shared these taonga (treasures) with manuhiri (visitors) for over 170 years and proudly continue that tradition today.   

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.

Nestle into a Luge cart and zip off with friends or family to discover who has the skills to master the Luge.

First up, ride the sweeping bends of the Scenic Track through the Redwoods Forest. After a stunning chair-lift ride back to the top, the Intermediate and Advanced tracks await. Once is never enough. 

The world famous Luge opened in 1986 and Skyline Rotorua continues to lead the Luge technology - all components are designed and manufactured in Rotorua and then shipped around the world to other Luge locations.

Polynesian Spa

Escape to Polynesian Spa and unlock nature’s gift in Rotorua. Your soul will thank you for it.

Nestled on the shores of Lake Rotorua lies Polynesian Spa – a geothermal bathing and soul soothing retreat, where you can experience wellness sourced from Rotorua’s very own backyard. Renowned for its healing waters and decadent therapies, discover why people have flocked to these waters since the 1800s.

Channelling the geothermal marvels in its backyard, waters from two natural springs are fed into the 28 hot mineral pools at Polynesian Spa. The slightly acidic Priest Spring relieves tired muscles, aches and pains while the alkaline waters of the Rachel Spring nourish skin. Wellness rituals such as hydrotherapy and a reflexology walk complete the experience.

"Immaculate. The service on check in was very friendly, helpful and efficient. Our accommodation was the fully self contained poolside units. They were immaculately clean, modern and well equipped. The thermal pools were delightful."

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