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Outdoor Activities

Ohinemutu Maori Village  

Experience true Maori culture with a walk through a traditional Maori Village!


Just 10 minutes walk from downtown Rotorua is the Māori village of Ohinemutu. This place is home to the Ngāti Whakaue tribe, who gifted the land on which the city of Rotorua was built. Ngati Whakaue is a subtribe of the Te Arawa waka (canoe) which journeyed from the Pacific homeland of Hawaiiki to New Zealand around 1350AD. The location was chosen for its lakeside setting and abundant geothermal energy. Visitors are welcome to walk around the living village.
 

Explore the Whakarewarewa Forest on a thrilling biking trail adventure through the Redwoods...  


The history and culture surrounding the Whakarewarewa Forest, the variety of outdoor recreational opportunities, diverse range of exotic tree species, mix of native undergrowth, panoramic views, and proximity to lakes, thermal areas and the city centre have made The Redwoods & Whakarewarewa Forest one of Rotorua’s most spectacular natural assets and one of the city’s greatest treasures. One of the oldest mountain bike networks in the country, with master crafted trails, unbeatable riding surfaces, well draining volcanic soils, varying topography and fantastic scenery. With around 130km of continually evolving trails, there is something to cater for all levels of rider, from beginners and family groups through to experts looking for extreme action.

T. + 64 7 350 0110
  Redwoods Mountain Biking Trail

 

Relax and enjoy a day of thermal therapy among the trees at a natural spa!


Polynesian Spa is New Zealand’s leading internationally acclaimed spa. Enjoy this unique lakefront thermal spa experience - offering a wonderful fusion of relaxing hot mineral spring bathing, spa therapies and picturesque views of Lake Rotorua. From the 26 thermal pools, simply select one of four bathing areas - deluxe lake spa, adult pools (with historic priest spa), private pools, or family spa. Or indulge in a spa therapy or hydro spa therapy, at the inviting haven of the lake spa retreat (appointments essential).

T. + 64 7 348 1328
  Polynesian Spa
New Zealand Riverjet  

Feel the need for speed? Brace yourself for the ultimate adrenaline rush.


NZ Riverjet specialise in the ultimate jetboating experience. Most of their NZ jet boating rides are over an hour in length, take in magnificent scenery, all while throwing an exciting thrill ride delivery your way. Many packages incorporate other Rotorua adventures such as Orakei Korako thermal valley.

T. + 64 7 333 7111

Geothermal activity in the city!


The inner city is brought to life here with an abundance of geothermal activity, sporting facilities and other exciting features right in the heart of the city. Numerous walkways wind their way through the geothermal setting, offering exciting views of mud pools, and boiling lakes. These features can be unpredictable at times so make sure you stick to the tracks! Kuirau Park Precinct is also home to the Rotorua Aquatics Centre and the popular Saturday morning Rotary Markets.

Contact the Rotorua Visitor Information Centre for further info.
  Kuirau Thermal Park

 
Skyline Skyrides - Gondola  

Tour the city from above in one of the exciting Skyline Skyrides.


The Skyline Rotorua complex is situated just minutes from central Rotorua, high up Mt Ngongotaha. To begin your Skyline Rotorua adventure, take a leisurely uphill Gondola ride and enjoy the extensive views of Rotorua, the surrounding lakes and geothermal areas. At the top, the thrill of the Luge, the culinary delights of the Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar, beautiful nature walks and exciting adventure activities all await you.

T. + 64 7 347 0027

A 'Must Do' eco-experience!


Volcanic Valley is Rotorua’s premier tourist attraction and a ‘must do’ eco-experience when you visit Rotorua. Exciting thermal attraction and sightseeing tours include unique ecology, rare botany and fascinating geothermal features such as steaming volcanic crater lakes. A protected scenic reserve and wildlife refuge, Waimangu Volcanic Valley geothermal park encompasses beautiful Lake Rotomahana and is set in pristine New Zealand bush.

T. + 64 7 366 6137
  Waimangu Volcanic Valley
 
Whitewater Rafting  

Are you brave enough to risk the rapids?


White Water Rafting on the Kaituna River with Rotorua Rafting has been described as the “best, most amazing experience” on Trip Advisor. Come experience for yourself why the Kaituna is one of the best rivers in the world! Steeped in Maori history and beautiful native bush, the gorge of the Kaituna is also home to the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world - Tutea Falls. Warm water, outstanding scenery, heart pumping rapids and world class guides - White Water Rafting in New Zealand doesn’t get any better than this. Make sure you make Rotorua Rafting your first stop activity in Rotorua.

T. 0800 772 384
Tamaki Maori Village  

Be a part of the Maori culture.

Journey back to a time of proud warriors and ancient traditions. The Evening Experience offers ceremonial rituals, powerful cultural performances and hangi feasting. Sleeping in a whare moe (sleeping house) was a tradition reserved for when one tribe visited another tribe. You are invited to experience an Overnight Marae Stay in the heart of Tamaki Maori Village, where our people share with you intimately customs, protocols and stories of yesteryear!

T. 0508 826 254 (within NZ Only) 

Bask in the beauty of the second largest lake in the North Island of New Zealand!


The second largest lake in the North Island of New Zealand, Lake Rotorua lies within a volcanic caldera, formed by the collapse of a volcano’s magma chamber during its last major eruption (around 240,000 years ago!). Lake Rotorua is fed by a number of local tributaries, including a number of thermal streams and rivers well stocked with trout. At an average depth of 10 metres (33 feet), Lake Rotorua is popular with anglers. There is one island in Lake Rotorua, called Mokoia Island. Mokoia Island is a native bird sanctuary and home to the romantic Maori legend of Hinemoa and Tutanekai.
 
  Lake Rotorua

 
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237 Fenton Street
Rotorua, 3010
 
PO Box 12065
Rotorua South,
Rotorua, 3045
 
Reservations
phone 0800 538 466
 +64 9275 4100
reservations@jetpark.co.nz

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