Rotorua is a well-known mountain bike heaven but little do you know that it is home to the indegenous Maori tribe and enticing volcanic wonders. The home to an extensive network of tracks, the region enjoys a mild temperate climate throughout the year. The geothermal rich city has a special heart in the places of the people who are in love with nature and peace. Rotorua is a major destination for both domestic and international tourists; the tourism industry is by far the largest in the district and is the primary source of employment and economy growth. For you to explore the best of the natural wonders, we have a list of the things to do in Rotorua.
Top Things To Do In Rotorua
Offering genuine warmth of welcome and hospitality (manaakitanga) is something that the Te Arawa Māori of Rotorua have been providing visitors to the Rotorua region for well over 150 years. Hence, you are in for a delightful adventure.
Bathe At Wai-o-tapu
How about going to see a steamy orange of the “Champagne Pool” or the vibrant green “Devil’s Bath”? The Waai-o-tapu is an interesting place to visit with its natural geyser and mud pools. It has many pools and surreal for its steamy orange water. Furthermore, the colour comes from the volcanoes around! It is one of the best things to do in Rotorua.
Buy ticket online or go early as it is very crowded.
Adventure At Velocity Valley
One of the main Rotorua attractions is the Velocity Valley. It features some marvellous rides which are the ones that no one can afford to miss. There is something for everyone from 5 to 105. Moreover, it offers bungee jumping, swooping, agrojet and shweeb racer. It definitely a place for thrilling experiences.
Agrodome is an area of 350 acres of lush farmland, yet only 10 minutes from Rotorua city centre. For over 40 years, people from all the places have come to the Agrodome to see the world-famous ‘Farm Show’ starring a cast of talented animals. To add on, they have a Woollen Mills and a Shearing Museum for you to learn something new! Being traditional to the lives of the inhabitants, it is one of the must things to do in Rotorua.
Walk Through Redwood
A forest-like area with trees around the walking path is what Redwood is. It has the most beautiful collection of trees. This is the place where you can just come and walk with earphones and feel the calm breeze through the soft rustling of leaves. There is nothing more to do, but I bet you that you would love the bliss of the quiet of this place. Moreover, some are trees older than 117 years, and many unique species of flora will surely amaze you.
In addition to that, you can also take a mountain bike and head there. The road twisters are perfect for an adventure in the mountain bikes, and it is one of the best Rotorua attractions. There is a track to suit every biker’s needs!
Go For A Spa Session
Hell’s Gate is the most geothermal active hot water spring. It features a number of known land corals and large areas of sulphur deposits. You can feel the steam rise in the dense area around you. Moreover, you can take a dip in the mud baths around the place. These geothermal heated mud baths are known to have healing properties. There are various mineral-rich springs and are one of Rotorua’s favourite attractions. You can head to Polynesian Spa and rejuvenate. The spa also gives a glorious view of Rotorua Lake and is one of the best things to do in Rotorua.
Explore The Maori Culture
Rotorua is home to the Polynesian indigenous tribe, Maori who moved from Polynesian Islands in the 1300s. While you are there, getting an enticing insight into the lives of the Maoris is probably one of the most exciting things to do in Rotorua. Head to the Mitai Maori Village where you can discover their traditions rooted in their settlements. You can view the ancient warriors paddling through the river in an ancient war canoe (waka) and enjoy several traditional performances. You can also savour a homemade meal from the women, which is cooked in an Earth oven.
Furthermore, if you head to Te Puia, you can view the warriors performing as well as hear the legends about the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley. The place is also home to the National School Of Wood Carving as well as live kiwi bird sanctuary!
Rafting At Kaituna
Amidst the lush greenery of the forests flows the river of Kaituna. With the fresh white waters of the river gushing to the outskirts of Rotorua, it provides for a fantastic rafting range. Moreover, Tutea waterfalls make it one of the highest raft-able waterfall in the world. With your jackets on and the misty endless void you head to cutting through the water, the adrenaline kick is real! Besides being one of the best things to do in Rotorua, you don’t even need the experience to go for it.
Visit The Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Back in the day when Mt Tarawera erupted, it changed the lives of its people and its landscape. After the eruption, it gave birth to the unearthly beauty of the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. With spectacular volcanic craters, hot springs, rare to sight flora and healing geothermal features, it is a sight to take it for the sore eyes. Moreover, the stubby mountain ranges and the stunning green of the surrounding forests makes it worth a walk. Whi;e you check out the springs and pools, you can even view steam rising through the craters behind the emerald green waters. You can also take a boat ride through Lake Rotomahana where you can hear the stories of the heavenly pink and white terraces which were lost to the volcanic eruptions of 1886.
Eat The Grub
At Te Puia is an anytime go-to place for every chicken lover. The locals devour a feast of chicken, kumara, sweetcorn, potato and cabbage. While you are there, you would be inclined to do it too! The food is delicious, after all.
Moreover, they listen to the guide to discuss Rotorua’s food history. Food being such an essential part of the local life, it is one of the best things to do in Rotorua to understand its history. If you want to get the real community vibes, then head to Rotorua night market which is lined with hawkers and vendors selling the tastiest of food items. You can get a hint of the hidden tradition too! You can do street shopping along with that for handmade Maori crafts and accessories. Food hinting is definitely one of our favourite things to do in Rotorua; you can discover gems!
If you are searching for some particular places to head out to eat, then we have a few of those as well.
Zippy Central serves up the best flat whites in the city using their excellent coffee with incredible texture. Capizzi Pizzeria serves the best pizza you will have ever tasted in life, and surely you can’t afford to miss out on these. Furthermore, the local bakery of Ciabatta Bakery, famous for its “world’s longest hot dog”, served on a 43cm ciabatta bun. We can totally add it to the best of Rotorua attractions.
This treasured nature-loving island deserves to be a part of your bucket list. How could it not, after all?