3 Days in Rotorua: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, June 2015

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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 223 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 $77.78

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

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 $172.48

Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 22 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 $192.09

Tutukau Gorge Jet Boat Ride and The Squeeze

Dare to try the latest New Zealand jet boat experience invented by the fun-loving adventurers in Rotorua? Start with a scenic boat ride to reach a narrow ...  Read more

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

From USD $107.54

Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 25 Reviews

Kaituna River features grade 5 rapids plus the awesome 7 meter (21 feet) Tutea Falls, the worlds highest commercially rafted waterfall. Take the ultimate ...  Read more

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

From USD $71.02

Rotorua Geothermal Wonders and Waikato River Jet Boat Ride

Marvel at New Zealand’s volcanic geology as you see the steaming cliffs of Rainbow Mountain, the boiling mud pools near Wai-O-Tapu and the gushing geysers of ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $179.24

Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute with Optional Cultural Performance

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

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 $33.64

Discover Rotorua Morning City Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 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 $102.81

White Island Helicopter Flight and Volcano Walking Tour

Fly by helicopter to White Island, and slip past steaming volcanic vents and colorful sulfur formations on a guided walking tour. Soaring north from Rotorua ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 2.5-3 hours

From USD $564.77

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 $27.05

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