3 Days in Rotorua for the 2017 Lions Rugby Tour

Heading to Rotorua on the 17th June to watch the Maori All Blacks play the mighty Lions as part of the Lions Rugby Tour? Awesome! Because there are a few days before the next game in Hamilton on Tuesday, take the opportunity to enjoy a few nights to get to know our awesome region.

Here’s what we would recommend doing if you’re coming down for the Lions Rugby Tour match this weekend.

Day One – Saturday  17th June

Brunch in Rotorua

Arrive in Rotorua mid to late morning, and then head out for brunch or an early lunch to recharge. There are heaps of options along Eat Streat or just nearby in central Rotorua.

Ride in an Ogo

Kick off your afternoon with a little adventure! Get the adrenaline pumping with a couple of rides in an Ogo – rolling down a big hill in an inflatable ball. It’s heaps of fun and a real slice of kiwi ingenuity. Plus it promises to get your blood pumping. Just make sure you wait an hour or two after you’ve had your lunch!

Festivities & rugby

After that, it’s probably a good idea to head back to the central city to enjoy the festivities before the gates open at Rotorua International Stadium at 4pm. Kick off is at 7.30.

Explore New Zealand’s native forest via zipline as part of your NZ Lions Rugby Tour

Day Two – Sunday 18th June

While you might be feeling a little under the weather this morning, don’t let that stop you rugging up warm and heading out to enjoy Rotorua – just start a little later in the morning!

Zip through the forest on a Rotorua Canopy Tour

How could we leave this experience out – three hours of exploring high up in the forest canopy via zipline, swing bridge and tree top platforms. Add in our awesome kiwi guides and the fact the tour funds a massive conservation project, and it’s easy to see why this is a Rotorua Must-Do!

After a late lunch, you might feel like recharging your batteries with a soak in some naturally heated mineral pools.

Soak in hot mineral pools

Soak on the very edge of Lake Rotorua at the Polynesian Spa. Geothermal waters nourish skin and relieve tired, aching muscles. Different pools offer different temperatures and benefits.

Lions Rugby Tour

Enjoy a relaxing spa at the Polynesian Spa after watching the Lions Game

Day Three – Monday 19th June

Mountain Biking or walking tracks

Begin the day by heading out to the Redwoods for a morning of mountain biking or easygoing walks. Rotorua is the mountain biking mecca of the Southern Hemisphere – we’ve got tracks from beginner to advanced, and bike hire is easy – but if you would prefer something more relaxed, there are plenty of nearby walks on offer too.

Raft the famous Kaituna River

Top off your time in Rotorua with a bang when you go rafting for the afternoon on the famous Kaituna River. This is a thrilling whitewater rafting trip with River Rats – paddle through whitewater, past lush native forest and then zoom down the 7m high Tutea Falls, the highest commercially raftable falls in the world.

The trip takes 2-3 hours and is an awesome way to spend your last afternoon. 

Head to Hamilton (about an hours’ drive) on Tuesday morning for the Lions’ team clash with the Chiefs at FMG stadium.

Love our ideas for 3 days in Rotorua? Make sure you check out our special packages – you’ll be able to save money if you purchase a Canopy Tour alongside the Ogo, Polynesian Spa or rafting.

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