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How to Spend 3 Days in Rotorua

How to Spend 3 Days in Rotorua

Three days in geothermal Rotorua is plenty of time to venture around town and beyond, including day trips. A choice of extreme adventures lies at your fingertips, while a selection of thermal spas to soak weary muscles is available day or night. Here are some options to ensure you get the most out of New Zealand’s so-called Sulphur City.

Day 1: Rotorua Must-Sees and Maori Culture

Immerse yourself in the scenic beauty, long history, and rich culture of Rotorua today. Start with a city sightseeing tour to get oriented to historical landmarks such as the Government Gardens and popular natural attractions including Lake Rotorua. An amphibious duck tour gets you out on the water for a shift in perspective, while the Skyline Rotorua Gondola provides magnificent panoramic views from above. After lunch, experience one of Rotorua’s top draws: Maori culture. Traditional performances most often include a greeting ceremony, singing, and haka war dances combined with a hangi feast (cooked in a pit oven). You’ll be immersed in the lives and history of New Zealand’s indigenous people at a local marae, or Maori village meeting grounds.

Day 2: Geothermal Lakes and Bubbling Pools

Rotorua is best known for its thermal activity. Drive through farmland and native forests to the boiling mud pool and colorful hot springs at Wai-O-Tapu, and combine your adventure with a day trip to the Lord of the Rings Hobbiton set. Alternatively, take a guided tour of geysers and hot pools at Te Puia and Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, plus experience traditional culture at the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. The buried village of Te Wairoa also takes you deep into the region’s geothermal past. If an evening soak is your preference, join a kayaking expedition on Lake Rotoiti and paddle to the hot pools located at the edge of the bay. Glowworm caves illuminate the scene day or night at this spectacular location just outside Rotorua.

Day 3: Extreme Rotorua: Adventure and Adrenaline

Those who fancy a more intense thrill don’t have to travel far. Helicopter tours and seaplane flights take you soaring over the Lakes District, forests, and the volcanic fault line—some even fly over an active volcano. Land on White Island, the most continuously active of New Zealand's volcanoes, and take a guided trek up to the steaming crater. Or do the Zorb, a large inflatable plastic bubble that you ride in down a hill—totally addictive and unmissable. If you’re ready for more aquatic adventures, try white-water rafting on the Kaituna River or the easier Rangitaiki River. Attempt black-water rafting into the Black Abyss on a day trip to the Waitomo Caves, or simply relax during a boat ride under the glowworms. River sledging and jet-boat rides get you spinning on the water too. Of course, family-friendly venues such as Rainbow Springs Nature Park and the unique Agrodome farm experience offer more mellow options.

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Rotorua Duck Boat Guided City and Lakes Tour
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Rotorua Duck Boat Guided City and Lakes Tour

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Discover Rotorua on a 1.5-hour duck tour. This sightseeing adventure takes you aboard a World War II amphibious vehicle — able to travel on land and water. Start with a city tour past Government Gardens, the Blue Baths and more before splashing down into Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) and Lake Okareka. Enjoy family fun along the way with a provided duck caller, and listen to live commentary about Rotorua’s history and local landmarks.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 1 hour 45 minutes
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Rotoura Day tour including Hobbiton and Te Puia - lunch included at Hobbiton

Rotoura Day tour including Hobbiton and Te Puia - lunch included at Hobbiton

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Set off from Rotorua and travel north through lush farmland to the iconic Hobbiton Movie Set. Take a guided tour and discover how this working farm was transformed into a living, breathing piece of Middle-earth. Sit down to a tasty lunch at the Green Dragon Inn, then make your way back to Rotorua and visit TePuia, one of New Zealand’s top cultural venues. Receive a traditional welcome and discover TePuia's history and lineage with a personalized guided tour. Afterwards, explore Te Puia's geothermal valley, seeing bubbling mud and steaming geysers.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Agrodome Farm Experience including Farm Show and Farm Tour - Rotorua

Agrodome Farm Experience including Farm Show and Farm Tour - Rotorua

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Complete your trip to Rotorua with a visit to the Agrodome. If there's one thing people associate with New Zealand, it’s sheep, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to interact with the gentle creatures at the Agrodome Sheep Show, Farm Tour or both. This educational and family-friendly experience lets you join in on farming activities as you meet the farmers and their sheep.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua
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Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua

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This Kaituna River rafting adventure in the Okere Falls Scenic Reserve promises plenty of thrills! With an expert guide at the helm, you’ll paddle through Class 5 white-water rapids of the Kaituna River, including an awesome 21-foot (7-meter) drop down Tutea Falls, the worlds highest commercially rafted waterfall. Accessible to adventurous beginners, this 3-hour tour includes a safety briefing with paddling instruction, all necessary equipment and round-trip hotel transport from Rotorua.
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  • 3 hours
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Lake Rotoiti Evening Kayak Tour including Hot Springs, Glowworm Caves and BBQ Dinner
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Lake Rotoiti Evening Kayak Tour including Hot Springs, Glowworm Caves and BBQ Dinner

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Spend a magical evening kayaking on Lake Rotoiti, where you visit glowworm caves and have plenty of time to soak in natural hot springs before a barbecue picnic dinner. Paddle with an expert guide into lakeside caves only accessed by boat to see glowworms and crayfish, then revel in the sunset reflected on the tranquil waters. Instruction, equipment and round-trip hotel transport from Rotorua are all included.
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  • 7 hours
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White-Water Sledging Adventure
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White-Water Sledging Adventure

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Take a scenic excursion through the New Zealand wilderness on this 3-hour white-water sledging adventure from Rotorua. Listen as a guide explains the challenges ahead, then — with your helmet and life vest clipped on — take to the Okere River on your floating sledge. Twist and turn through swirling river rapids, float gracefully along relaxing flats, and admire views over the mighty Kahikatea Forest. This family-friendly tour is suitable for thrill-seekers of all ages and skill levels.
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  • 2 hours
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Cultural Experience & Seasonal Māori Cuisine at Te Pā Tū

Cultural Experience & Seasonal Māori Cuisine at Te Pā Tū

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Learn more about local Maori culture and cuisine in an atmospheric forest setting in Rotorua. Be immersed in rituals and songs, and take a torch-lit walk through the forest before feasting on local, seasonal food prepared the traditional way. Entertainment and culinary events vary by the season and the Maori lunar calendar.
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  • 4 hours
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