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Outdoor Adventures from Rotorua

By Viator, July 2018

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Explore 30 million year old limestone formations and a cave full of glowworms in Waitamo Caves. Those who fancy something a little more thrilling don’t have to go too far. Like black water rafting into the Black Abyss or Labyrinth. Helicopter flights take you over lakes, forest and the volcanic fault line, some flying over an active volcano. 

Ready for more extreme adventures? Go white-water rafting on the Kaituna River through a narrow gorge with sheer rock walls, or take the easier Rangitaiki River.  Alternatively, try skydiving into a Rotorua paddock, or a 4WD bush safari,  negotiating waterfalls, daunting lunges and tunnels along beautiful  native rainforest trails. Hang on as you are driven over impossible terrain on the Rotorua 4X4 10-minute thrill ride, climbing and descending near vertical slopes.

Or do the Zorb, a large inflatable plastic bubble that you ride in down a hill - totally addictive and unmissable. The Agroventures complex offers five separate ways to bring back your lunch. The tamest and oddest is the Shweeb- a cross between cycling and travelling by monorail. You’re enclosed in a pod hanging from the track, and pedal around for three laps as fast as you can. The Agrojet claims to be New Zealand’s fastest jet boat, while The Bungy and The Swoop are practically guaranteed to leave you trembling as you’re dropped from a great height. Then there’s the Freefall Xtreme, which bizarrely engineers the precise opposite of falling. Hooked on adrenaline? Try the luge - a three-wheel cart ridden down a hill gathering speed as you go. Or the skyswing - high and fast! A great view of Rotorua and its lake is the payoff for the sheer fear.

The locals are mad for an adrenaline rush, but their country is just mad and beautiful and unique.

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Waitomo Glowworm Tour at Footwhistle Cave, Waitomo, null
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Waitomo Glowworm Tour at Footwhistle Cave

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Experience a glowworm light show among the fantastical rock formations of Footwhistle cave, an extensive cave system in Waitomo. Glowworms create a starry glow ...  Read more

Location: Waitomo, New Zealand
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $41.90
Rotorua Forest Zip Line Canopy Adventure, Rotorua, Nature & Wildlife
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Rotorua Forest Zip Line Canopy Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

Soar through the trees and experience New Zealand’s ancient forest like never before – in New Zealand’s must-do outdoor activity, the Original Canopy Tour. ...  Read more

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

From USD $100.70
Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour, Rotorua, Eco Tours
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Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 31 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 $199.38
Rotorua Geothermal Wonders and Waikato River Jet Boat Ride, Rotorua, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Rotorua Geothermal Wonders and Waikato River Jet Boat Ride

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

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 $134.50
Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Morning Tour, Rotorua, Nature & Wildlife
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Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Morning Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 84 Reviews

Explore the technicolor hot springs of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland on a guided half-day tour of New Zealand’s most extensive geothermal site. Walk along ...  Read more

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

From USD $104.76
Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua, Rotorua, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 32 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 $70.96
Kaituna River White Water Rafting, Rotorua, White Water Rafting
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Kaituna River White Water Rafting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Spend three adrenaline-crammed hours white water rafting down the Kaituna River on this tour from Rotorua. Start at a spot where wild waters meet subtropical ...  Read more

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

From USD $57.45
Kaituna White-Water Rafting Adventure, Rotorua, White Water Rafting
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Kaituna White-Water Rafting Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Raft through 14 rapids including cascades ranging from 3 to 22 feet (1 to 7 meters), including the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall. Pass through ...  Read more

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

From USD $66.91
Lake Rotorua Paddle Boat Cruise with Breakfast or Lunch, Rotorua, White Water Rafting
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Lake Rotorua Paddle Boat Cruise with Breakfast or Lunch

4 star rating: Recommended 28 Reviews

Cruise the waters of scenic Lake Rotorua on a modernized replica of a Mississippi River paddlewheel steamboat! Enjoy a delicious, gourmet meal about this ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $29.74
Tutukau Gorge Jet Boat Ride and The Squeeze, Rotorua, Day Cruises
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Tutukau Gorge Jet Boat Ride and The Squeeze

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

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

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

From USD $114.22

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