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Absolutely fantastic experience.
Interesting to learn about Maori culture and be welcomed into their village.
The food was extremely tasty and flavoursome.
Our driver Davey was FANTASTIC. Good value for money.
Well organised great experience from start to end. To start with, our tour bus driver was a nice and enthusiastic lady, who gave instructions regarding the performance on the way to the village. At the village, the performance was beautifully presented, interesting and engaging. The buffet dinner was nice too with special consideration for vegetarians. The whole program is kids friendly too.
While in Rotorua, see a cultural performance and take part in a traditional Maori ‘hangi’ feast at Tamaki Maori Village. A local guide escorts you by coach to the ‘marae’ (Maori village) for an immersive evening that begins with a welcome ceremony by New Zealand's indigenous people. Learn about local customs and watch a powerful display of song and dance before a hangi dinner.
Rotorua Rafting - Kaituna River White Water Rafting
, Feb 2020
This was the most fantastic experience. Our guide Mitch was friendly and knowledgeable and got us safely down the river while having a ton of fun. Although it was a bit scary, we conquered the waterfalls. Loved all the photos as well.
Great time. Our guide was Mitch, and he made for an unforgettable trip. He was knowledgeable, safe, and enthusiastic. We flipped on the large waterfall. Secretly, I hoped we had, makes for a better story. The company had great safety procedures in place.
Go on an adrenaline-filled rafting excursion down the Kaituna River during this 3-hour adventure tour from Rotorua. Here, white-water rapids flow past a subtropical rainforest lining a deep canyon. See stunning waterfalls, including rafting over Tutea Falls, and jump at the opportunity for exhilarating cliff diving. Tour operates winter and summer. Wetsuit, booties and helmet are provided. No experience necessary!
This Rotorua zipline tour takes you soaring through a centuries-old forest canopy as you switch between the six zipline cables suspended 72 feet (22 meters) above the ground. Get a bird’s-eye view as two expert guides suit you up with safety equipment and teach you about the forest environment. Bonus: you can later download photos taken of you during your treetops adventure. Round-trip hotel transport is included on this small-group tour, limited to 10 people.
Absolutely fabulous. John (host) was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening. Food was delicious.
Just long enough too.
My 2 teens actually loved it too and they are hard to please.
A must do experience.
Get an authentic introduction to Maori culture with an evening at the Mitai Maori Village of Rotorua. See warriors in traditional dress paddle in an ancient canoe, and be captivated by the displays of weaponry. You'll watch 'haka' and poi dances and view glowworms in their natural habitat. This 3-hour experience includes round-trip hotel transport and a traditional 'hangi' feast with your admission ticket.
Loved it , highly recommend it. Beautiful nature walk with the area of the thermal mud bath and wonderful colores. You can spend the whole day there and take the time to take it all in . Lady knox gyser very spectacular.
Explore the well-marked paths of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and witness Lady Knox Geyser erupt. Your admission ticket grants you all-day access to one of New Zealand’s most popular geothermal parks, located just outside of Rotorua. Stroll past gurgling mud pools, volcanic craters and steaming lakes at your own pace. Consult your complimentary guidebook to learn about the area’s volcanic activity, and view informative displays along the trails and at the visitor center.
Love the luge rides and we took 3 rides. My kids even tried the zip line. Kids have to be aged 8 or 9 and above to know how to manoveur and manage the speed. Else they can also hop on with an adult. Scenic is nice and a longer ride compared to intermediate. Intermediate is exciting with all the turns!
Climb to the summit of Mt Ngongotaha on a scenic ride aboard the Rotorua Gondola. Soak up panoramic views over the city and Lake Rotorua, and spend leisurely time at the top before making your way back down. Alternatively, opt to include one, three, or five luge rides down one of three purpose-built tracks — basic, intermediate or advanced — including a chairlift between rides.
So glad we chose this bike tour. With limited time it was perfect. Roger was a fantastic, friendly guide and did a great job detailing the fun facts about Rotorua and the Hot Lakes. I would highly recommend this tour with Roger.
Happy Ewe Cycle Tours is a leisurely 3 hour cycling adventure with no hills and about 45 minutes of cycling time. It is safe to expect a little bit of everything with us, as we use science, nature, culture and history to give an educational and interactive experience highlighting the geothermal wonders within the central city.
You will remember this journey as you shoot mud pools with thermometer guns, test the pH levels of hot springs and laugh at the how our guides make science exciting for you.
Ranked as the best city cycling activity in New Zealand on TripAdvisor and one of the best activities in the country, this is perfect for couples, families or travellers of any age looking to discover the best of Rotorua.
Supreme Ziplining forest experience - The Ultimate Canopy Tour Rotorua
SO MUCH FUN!
, Sep 2019
This was one of my favorite experiences in New Zealand! Our guides were Martin, Caitlin, and Will, all of whom were funny and friendly, and made us feel incredibly safe. The canopy views are stunning, and the guides teach you about the native flora, fauna, and natural history of the area. We even interacted with some adorable birds. The ziplining itself is of course so exhilirating, and the best part is your ticket price funds the very effective conservation efforts the company has implemented in the forest.
Experience the vibrant New Zealand bush on this unique, thrilling zipline adventure. Get right up into the otherwise-inaccessible canopy of the Bay of Plenty forest, where native birds like tui, robins and plump kereru make their homes, and zip through the native trees to the forest floor. This small-group adventure is a great way to experience New Zealand’s native forests without working up a sweat or waiting in line forever.
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.
Explore the New Zealand countryside on horseback on this 1-hour horse trekking tour from Rotorua. Climb onto your horse and head into the foothills of Mt Ngongotaha with a guide. Follow winding trails over working farmland and through native bush, and admire beautiful views over Lake Rotorua. Stop along the way to capture the views on camera, then descend back through the green paddocks to base. This horse trek is suitable for beginners and experienced riders alike, with horses and ponies to match all riding abilities.
While in Rotorua, take a wild and wacky ride in an Outdoor Gravity Orb (OGO). You’ll love ‘orbing’ downhill as you slide around inside an inflatable ball. Choose from three different runs — a straight slope, a multipoint harness or a curvy water ride — and get instruction before enjoying twists and turns. Document the latest thrill with a provided hand-held go pro, and relax between rides in the on-site hot tubs.
Challenge yourself against the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall and enjoy outdoor adventure in New Zealand on this 3.5-hour Kaituna white-water rafting adventure from Rotorua. Hop into your raft in the Kahikitea Forest and take to the waves with a guide. During your tour, navigate steep canyons through native forest, and test your nerve over 14 challenging rapids. Splash, paddle and roll through New Zealand’s spectacular scenery and make the most of this North Island outdoor adventure. A full briefing and all safety equipment are included.
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.
Thanks Tony for an absolutely amazing experience. Not 100% sure what we were up for but none of us were disappointed. We copped it all sun, wind, rain and even hail but that did not deter our enjoyment. The squeeze an absolute must do and worth every cent. Thanks again Tony and also to Shannon for suiting us up and for that cup of soup at the end, we certainly all enjoyed it.
Take a jet boat on the Waikato River past Tutukau Gorge to ‘The Squeeze,’ a narrow section where you wade in shallow water to a waterfall. Reward your adventurous spirit with a soak in the thermally heated waters of a natural spa in the river, then hang on for an adrenaline-fueled ride as your driver kicks into high gear and expertly maneuvers the jet boat into hair-raising spins and turns.
Take a private two-seater buggy to one of the highest lookouts in the Rotorua region on this short forest adventure. Instead of hiking up the hills and working up a sweat, enjoy a wild ride to the top behind the wheel of a four-wheel-drive buggy. Your certified guide will drive you half the way there, but you can drive the rest of the way, navigating rugged, hundred-year-old forestry tracks cut into the dense Bay of Plenty forest.
Adventurous travelers will love this glowworm-spotting tour with a difference. As the sun gets lower in the sky, paddle in a kayak on Lake Karapiro and along the Pokaiwhenua Stream. You’ll see beautiful native plants and bird life, and rock formations that have been naturally carved over centuries. Once the light disappears, you’ll see thousands of glowworms lighting your way. This tour is a fun way to experience some of New Zealand’s best natural attractions.
Excellent adventure to see glow worms in the forest
, Nov 2019
This is definitely one of the highlights of our trip to New Zealand. Stephen was our guide and he took us a short drive out of Rotorua to the native forest. We were equipped with lamps and head torches and led off into the trees. There we saw a wide variety of ferns and other plants. Stephen’s knowledge of the forest was vast and his enthusiasm infectious. The first sight we had of glow worms was by a waterfall. The second was nearby at a cliff face where there were hundreds of tiny lights looking like a clear starry night. This was something we will remember for ever. The finale was a real clear starry night and Stephen pointed out some of the constellations. This is a must do trip if you are in or near Rotorua.
Even on the cloudiest night, the New Zealand glowworm lights up the darkness in a lucky few spots across the country. This short evening bush-walk departing from Rotorua involves a short drive, a walk through picturesque native bush and the chance to see these increasingly rare creatures. Tack this tour onto the end of a thrilling day in Rotorua instead of hiring a car for an almost two-hour drive west to visit the exceedingly popular Waitomo Caves. This is one of the easiest ways to experience Aotearoa’s unique glowworm habitats.
Slip into steaming water and cold pools at the Rotorua Deluxe Lake Spa, where pre-booked admission gets you access to premium changing rooms, an indoor lounge, mineral pools, and heated poolside recliners. The all-ages facility is a family-friendly alternative to Lake Rotorua’s adults-only options, and with four hours of spa time, you won't feel rushed as you relax, soak, and pamper sore traveling muscles.
Traditional Maori Cultural Evening with Buffet Hangi Dinner
Maori Evening Experience
, Jan 2020
Well organized - lots of food with plenty of choices - show seemed to be very heartfelt- very open to questions later in the evening at the geyser
You want to come hungry- but be advised that the meal is later in the evening after the show
The welcome and performance were amazing. Meal was great but was definitely not expecting sooooo many people. The walk around the geysers are great too. Well laid out. Not sure if the day visit then the meal were value for money but overall the day was good
Experience an evening of authentic Maori food, movement, and music paired with the raw power of the Pōhutu geyser with a night at the Te Puia cultural center. Watch an energetic performance inside a carved Maori meeting house, followed by a delicious ‘hangi’ feast prepared in a traditional pit oven. Later, venture into the geothermal valley to sip hot chocolate under the stars and watch the eruption of the Southern Hemisphere's largest active geyser.
Gain admission to your choice of five heart-thumping activities at Agroventures, an adrenaline-packed theme park located just minutes from central Rotorua. Not for the faint-hearted, each extreme ride on offer — such as the Rotorua Bungy and Freefall Xtreme — provides non-stop blood-pumping action. Complimentary round-trip hotel transport is available.
Combine the top sights of Rotorua and Te Puia in a single comprehensive day tour from Auckland. Traveling with a guide and following a carefully curated itinerary means you won't miss any of the important sights. Visit the Maori cultural landmarks and geothermal spots of Te Puia, as well as the city sights in Rotorua, accompanied by insightful guided commentary. Round-trip transportation from Auckland means you can focus on the scenery and the experience instead of driving and directions.
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and provided us with a great introduction to the thermal features around Rotorua. There is so much to see, it was nice to have a guide to take us to the highlights and point out things we generally wouldn’t have noticed or seen. The only trouble we had was contacting Elite Adventures prior to the trip - we tried a couple different emails, but ended up calling them once in country to confirm our pickup. Pickup was right on time, and the coach was comfortable, with a nice size group of about 12.
See the awe-inspiring Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland on a half-day tour, led by a knowledgeable guide. Follow a well-marked path alongside bubbling hot springs and volcanic craters at Rotorua’s most comprehensive geothermal site. Hear a morning presentation about the Lady Knox Geyser and observe the daily eruption before a short drive through the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Numbers are limited to 12 people, providing a more personalized experience with a small group.
Explore the geothermal landscape of Rotorua at your own pace on this self-guided Waimangu hiking tour. Follow winding hiking trails through Waimangu — the world’s youngest geothermal system — and marvel at the scenery you find. Admire unique geothermal features including Frying Pan Lake, Inferno Crater Lake and Lake Rotomahana, and enjoy breathtaking views over hot springs and steam vents throughout the forest and grasslands. Along the way, gain insight into the geothermal activity from your guide sheet and watch for the native plant and animal life for which Waimangu is famous. Enjoy a much needed rest and take advantage of the shuttle bus to return you to the start at the end of your hike.
Your online write-up is totally inadequate and misrepresentative. This is a 750 foot elevation hike that involves a short distance of scrambling using hand-holds. There is also a 750 foot descent to the bottom of the crater through a steep scree field. All of this is on loose rock and stone under foot.
Shame on you!
Experience the majesty of Mt Tarawera and gain insight into New Zealand’s rich geology on this 4-hour hike from Rotorua. Travel by off-road 4x4 vehicle into the North Island wilderness with a guide. Follow winding hiking trails from the base of Mt Tarawera up to the crater’s edge, and learn all about the mighty volcano’s 1886 eruption. From your vantage point near the crater, admire panoramic views over the geothermal valley of Waimangu. This exciting hiking tour is suited to adventurers of all ages.