Rotorua is known for bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs, as well as showcasing our fascinating Maori culture. From crystal-clear streams and magical forests, to epic biking trails and explosive geysers, Rotorua has it all. The city offers a raft of attractions and experiences for everyone from adventure-seekers to those just looking to unwind. Sitting within the Pacific Rim of Fire, Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland with bubbling mud pools, clouds of steam, and natural hot springs perfect for bathing and relaxing in. After marvelling at the distinctive landscapes and volcanic activity within a geothermal park, enjoy a simple soak in a natural hot stream or indulge in a wellness getaway at a luxurious spa.
Wai-o-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland
Sculptured out of volcanic activity and thousands of years in the making, Wai-O-Tapu is considered to be New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse geothermal sightseeing attractions. You are introduced to a uniquely different natural landscape – the key to what you see lies below the surface – one of the most extensive geothermal systems in New Zealand. A great place to stop off on the drive from Rotorua to Napier. Self-drive 25 mins from Rotorua.
From $30 per person
Te Puia Cultural Performance
Experience an exciting introduction to Maori Culturual Performances. You will gather outside the main entrance to the Marae. A traditional karanga (welcome) marks the start of 45 minutes of song and dance inside the meeting house. Here, surrounded by the beautiful wooden carvings of Maori ancestors, you are treated to lush harmonies, the seductive poi dance, the ferocious haka, (war challenge) and the complex tititorea (stick games). During the tititorea, eight sticks fly from four different directions. The receiver must deftly catch and flick the sticks on while keeping in time with the rhythm of the song. It is a dance within itself. One of the most entertaining forms of storytelling is kapa haka (Maori performance art). Though Maori performing arts are demanding for the performer, there is always room for laughter. A most enjoyable experience.
From $9 per person
Te Puia Hangi, Concert and Guided Tour
Enjoy a guided tour of the valley with one of Te Puia’s world renowned guides. As part of the tour you will visit New Zealand’s national carving and weaving schools and witness these disciplines in practice, under the guidance of our full-time master carvers and weavers. You will visit award winning interactive galleries, see a kiwi bird up close, and most importantly, hear our stories as told by the descendants of the valley. To conclude the tour you will visit the geyser and mud pools and then be invited to have a short rest prior to the beginning of the evening experience. Traditionally, Te Po is an intimate time for sharing knowledge. Te Po is also Te Puia’s authentic evening cultural experience – a feast of food, culture and friendship. It begins every night at Te-Heketanga-a-Rangi (The Heavenly Origins). The space comprises twelve monumental carvings reaching skywards, each one representing a Maori deity. Hear the stories of the past and see how these traditions live on today. Feeding guests is regarded by Maori as an honour and a sign of a tribe’s mana (standing), so a sumptuous banquet is provided during the evening. This banquet combines contemporary cuisine with a traditional hangi (earth-cooked oven meal), where kai (food) is steam-cooked by hot rocks in the earth, giving it a delicious smoky flavour.
Following dessert, you will be transported by our people movers to enjoy the spectacular lighting of the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley. Guests can wander around the illuminated natural attractions, including Pohutu geyser.
From $127 per person
An exciting and informative insight into agriculture in New Zealand, including an introduction to our 19 breeds of sheep, sheep shearing demonstration, lively Auction, noisy Huntaway dogs and the quiet Strong-eye dog demonstrations, cow milking and lamb feeding opportunities.
From $21 per person
Mountain Biking Half Day Tour
Mountain Biking is not only a hobby for the crew of Multi-Day Adventures, it’s a passion. It’s for this reason that our biking tours are so unique. The combination of passion, experience, skill and knowledge of New Zealand’s mountain biking trails makes our guides second to none. All bikes are the latest models, full suspension. Multi Day also have all the necessary equipment such as helmets and full finger gloves, as well as knee, shin and elbow pads or full face helmets on request. Whakarewarewa / Redwood Forest: Rotorua City has become a mecca for mountain bikers from all over the world.
From $119 per person
Rotorua Museum of Art and History
Discover the great stories of the Rotorua region through our innovative exhibitions and cinema experiences. Learn about the rich culture, volatile landscape and legendary figures that have shaped this fascinating region.
From $16 per person
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
Discover the real Middle-earth on the most picturesque private farmland near Matamata in the North Island of New Zealand, where you can visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogy in a fascinating two-hour guided tour. The Green Dragon Inn is now open and is a special feature of our tours. There are spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges from the rolling green hills of the movie set, which is still a working sheep and beef farm. As the Hobbiton Movie Set is located on a real New Zealand farm, we also offer you the opportunity to cuddle and bottle feed the pet lambs. Self-drive 1 hr 45 mins from Auckland/1 hr from Rotorua.
From $62 per person
Auckland to Rotorua – Deluxe Day Tour/Transfer
Travel from Auckland to Rotorua (or vice versa) south through small rural townships steeped in early pioneer history. Morning tea is served by your host during this sector. Continue travelling through the rich farmland of the Waikato towards the King Country (birthplace of the Maori Monarchy) and on to Waitomo. Join a guided tour through Waitomo Glow Worm Caves climaxed by a boat ride through the Glow worm Grotto, illuminated by thousands of tiny lights from the glow worms suspended from the cave ceiling. After your visit, re-board your coach, a light lunch will be served as we continue on to Rotorua. An introduction to New Zealand farming with an Agrodome Farm Tour, drive through the foreshore park of Lake Rotorua and historic Government Gardens, and visit Te Puia Arts & Crafts Institute where you will see the famous Pohutu Geyser, Maori Village and boiling mud pools among other highlights. Your attraction packed day concludes as the coach drops you off at your accommodation.
From $253 per person