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Warm yourself up in Rotorua’s unique Thermal pools with a range of options for everyone. Deluxe lake front pools, Adult only pools, Private pools and Family friendly pools. Polynesian spa also has amazing Spa Therapies options, Mud wraps to massages if you want to spoil yourself or someone special this is the place to go. Located in Rotorua City centre it is an easy walk from most accommodation. You will lose hours bathing in the therapeutic water lucky it does not close until 11pm each day.
Rotorua offers a range of culture experiences, but by far the Culture Evenings are the gem of them all. Our TOP 3 picks; all include the traditional Hangi meal cultural performance and pick up/ drop off from your accommodation.
Te Po / Te Puia (Picture Above) Located in the infamous Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve on the edge of Rotorua city, takes you back through time to what it really was like for Native Rotorua Maoris and how they survived in the geothermal environment that they were living in. Te Po offer a range of added options with their cultural evenings including guided tours through the geothermal valley, Kiwi experiences and the weaving and calving schools. You will finish your tour enjoying a hot chocolate in front of the Pohutu Geyser.
Mitai, An evening at Mitai will give you an authentic introduction to Maori culture leaving you amazed and in awe. Be enthralled by the natural bush surroundings as you take a short walk through one of the best native forest in New Zealand to witness the Warriors paddling down the Wai-o-whiro stream in a hand carved Waka (canoe).The night ends in a magical way, A short stroll down to one of the clearest fresh water springs you will ever see to view the only glow worms in Rotorua in their natural habitat.
Tamaki, Journey to the outskirts of Rotorua, to a Maori village nestled in an ancient forest. The night begins with a sacred ceremony welcoming you into the village, where you get to walk around and participate in traditional games and dances including the very famous Haka. Followed by New Zealand’s most awarded Cultural performance and dinner. Special mention to Tamaki’s very amusing 20 minute shuttle ride to and from its location.
If you ever wanted to learn about the Maori culture, an Evening show is a MUST!!!
Skyline Rotorua is an award winning activity that has so much to offer for every visitor to Rotorua. Enjoy the best New Zealand cuisine for lunch or dinner with the magnificent views of Rotorua in the Stratosphere Restaurant. If you want to raise your heart rate Skyline is the perfect way to do this you can swing from great heights on the Skyline Skyswing or Zip down over the top of redwood trees on the Skyline Zooline. Race your family and friends down the one of a kind Mountain bike track or enjoy the sights as you glide down in one of the luge carts. Skyline is an all-weather Family adventure park you are even able to gaze at the stars with the brand new stargazing experience. Skyline is the future in adventure tourism.
Rotorua is home to the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world - Tutea Falls is 7m high located on the Kaituna River (Grade 5.) On a rainy day there is nothing better than rafting off a 7 meter water fall… outstanding scenery, heart pumping rapids and world class kiwi guides - White Water Rafting in New Zealand doesn't get any better than this. This is a once in a life time opportunity that never disappoints.
Rotorua Museum Art-Cultural-Heritage
Rotorua Museum is absolutely stunning, here you can learn all about Rotorua’s rich Maori heritage and the geothermal activity which has shaped rotorua into what it is today. Ever changing exhibits keep this museum up to date and refreshing. Climb to the very top of the museum and look out over the mud pools and sulfer lakes or go deep down into the basement and look at the old bathing pipes used years ago for therapy treatments to help the wounded soldier’s. Rotorua Museum is a place not to miss when traveling through.
In short here in Rotorua the weather does not inhibit our visitors in any way you are still able to learn about our culture, taste our food, raft over a 7 m waterfall or gaze at the stars. Rotorua is an unmissable stop while traveling through New Zealand. See you all soon.