Rotorua Tourism Activities – Our top picks for a full day of adventure

Published on 11/8/17

Rotorua is well known for being a major tourist destination in New Zealand. From mud pools, to Maori cultural evenings, to outdoor adventures, Rotorua has it all! There are so many Rotorua tourism activities to choose from. Finding the perfect activities can be hard especially if you are pressured for time. Here are some fun activities that you can do in a day – a day full of adventure!

Zipline through native forest with Rotorua Canopy Tours in the morning

Rotorua Canopy Tours is one of the top Rotorua tourism activities that you must try! There is no better feeling than ziplining through the tree canopy of a native forest. Whilst being educated about the significance of the forest and the animals that call this forest their home, you will also have your breath taken away by the beauty of the lush green native trees and plants. You can take your whole family along, even those as young as 6 years old can come along for this 3 hour guided tour. Memories will be made that you will cherish for a lifetime. We recommend you visit Rotorua Canopy Tours in the morning as the forest is beginning to wake up and while the air is fresh and crisp.

Where to find Rotorua Canopy Tours: It is located at 147 Fairy Springs Road. It is on the right hand side of the road if you are heading away from the city.

Photo: One of the top Rotorua tourism activities – ziplining through native forest with Rotorua Canopy Tours. Photo Credit: Rotorua Canopy Tours 

Explore Adventure Playgrounds activities in the afternoon

Adventure Playground is a Rotorua tourism haven. From horse trekking to buggy riding, quad biking and clay bird shooting. There is something for everyone to try and love. You will get the chance to experience breath taking views out over Lake Rotorua while sitting on horse back or on a mud buggy. The trails go through pristine native bush and farm land taking in the freshness of the Rotorua air, whilst experiencing one of the top Rotorua tourism activities. You could spend at least a few hours at Adventure Playground experiencing all the adventurous activities they have to offer. There will be something for everyone in your group to love!

Where to find Adventure Playground: Located on Ngongotaha Road just a few minutes up the road from Rotorua Canopy Tours, but just keep driving further away from the city.

Photo: The view looking out over Lake Rotorua and the city at Adventure Playground. Photo Credit: Rotorua Canopy Tours 

Relax and unwind at Polynesian Spa in the evening

Polynesian Spa is the best place to relax after a full day of adventuring around different Rotorua tourism activities. The hot mineral pools are well known for their mineral waters that soothe tired muscles and any aches and pains. There are different pools for all of the differing needs. From family pools for the whole family, adult pools with lakeside views and private pools surrounded by native flora and fauna – there is definitely something for everyone. With the wide selection of different pools they all share the common purpose, that being relaxation!

Where to find Polynesian Spa: Located in the heart of the city, sitting on the lakes edge at the end of Hinemoa Street.

Photo: After a busy day of adventuring around Rotoura tourism activities, Polynesian Spa is the best relaxing haven. Photo Credit: Rotorua Canopy Tours 

Go rolling down a hill in large inflatable balls with OGO!

If you find that you can still fit in another one of the Rotorua Tourism activities then head to OGO! It is an awesome activity to get your adrenaline pumping, rolling in a large inflatable ball. The water ride is our top pick as you slip and slide around the ball. Race one anther down the straight track and see who can claim the fastest ball bragging rights. The activity doesn’t take very long, so you might have time to fit it in between your other Rotorua tourism activities.

Where to find OGO: Located at the beginning of Ngongotaha Road – in between the headquaters of Rotorua Canopy Tours and Adventure Playground.

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