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3 Days in Rotorua: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, April 2014

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Rotorua has something for everyone, from geothermal activity and luxurious mud baths to Maori cultural experiences and adrenaline rushes. "The Sulphur City" on New Zealand's North Island is the place to head for natural beauty, adventure and relaxation.

Day 1: Discover Rotorua Icons & Maori Culture

Experience the scenic beauty, history and culture of Rotorua, viewing geysers and boiling mud pools at Te Puia and Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and see traditional arts and culture at the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. The Skyline Gondola offers magnificent views, while the buried village of Te Wairoa and Rotorua Museum take you deep into the past.

Maori culture is a major attraction in Rotorua with cultural performances including a greeting ceremony, traditional dances, singing and hakas, combined with a hangi.

Day 2: Eco thermal lakes and bubbling mud spa

Rotorua is best known for its thermal activity. Head to Kuirau Park in the city center to glimpse steamy bubbling pools, visit Whakerewarewa for expansive mud pools and gushing geysers or relax in one of the many thermal spas. Drive through farmland and native forests to the boiling mudpool and colorful hot springs at Wai-O-Tapu. Explore the stunning lakes district scenery of amazingly clear and colorful Lake Tikitapu and Lake Rotokakahi.

Day 3: Extreme Rotorua: Adventure & Adrenaline

Those who fancy a more intense thrill don’t have to travel far. Helicopter flights take you over lakes, forest and the volcanic fault line, some flying over an active volcano. Land on White Island, the most continuously active of New Zealand's volcanoes, and take a trek up to the crater. Or do the Zorb, a large inflatable plastic bubble that you ride in down a hill - totally addictive and unmissable. Try black water rafting into the Black Abyss of Waitamo Caves.

Ready for more adventures? Go white-water rafting on the Kaituna River or take the easier Rangitaiki River, try skydiving into a paddock, a 4WD bush safari, or the short and steep 10-minute thrill ride.

Tours & Tickets

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Rotorua Maori Hangi Dinner and Performance

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 134 Reviews

Complete your adventure through Rotorua with a traditional Maori "hangi" feast. You'll travel by coach to Tamaki Maori Village where your local guide ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $95.61

Rotorua City Tour and 'The Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton Movie Set

Experience Maori culture, see the wildlife and natural wonders of New Zealand, and explore the magic setting for the 'Lord Of The Rings' movie trilogy on this ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: Varies

From USD $216.43

Discover Rotorua Morning City Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Discover Rotorua's leading attractions on this five-hour morning tour. Highlights include the bubbling mud pools and steaming geysers at the Whakarewarewa ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.16

Active Volcano Helicopter Landings from Rotorua

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Imagine taking a helicopter flight over an active volcano.... Here is your chance to do just that on a helicopter tour from Rotorua. You'll spot marine life ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $725.76

Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

Tour Rotorua's most popular geothermal parks and colorful lakes on a day trip led by a local naturalist guide. You'll see the Lady Knox Geyser erupt, visit ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $217.29

Te Puia Maori Cultural Tour and Steambox Lunch

“How would you like that cooked?” will never sound the same after lunch in Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley. Enjoy a meal cooked over steam vents, an ancient ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $83.44

Rainbow Springs Entrance Ticket

Bring the family to see New Zealand’s shy national icon, the kiwi bird, and enjoy unlimited rides on the Big Splash water ride at Rainbow Springs. Your all-day ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible

From USD $34.77

Rotorua 4WD Bush Safari Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Get out of your comfort zone on this challenging 45-minute 4WD Rotorua adventure. Negotiate waterfalls, daunting lunges, tunnels and more on this awesome ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 45 minutes to 1 hour

From USD $84.31

Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute with Optional Cultural Performance

Experience the culture and history of Te Puia, the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Set in a stunning geothermal location with steaming vents, ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $41.95

Rotorua City Helicopter Flight

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

See amazing views of Rotorua, a geothermal city and its breathtaking volcanic areas on this 10-minute breathtaking helicopter flight. This is a short but sweet ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 10 minutes (approx.)

From USD $86.05

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