Nearby Activities

Rotorua is a little out of the ordinary. It inspires the adventurer in all of us. With rivers and lakes that are perfect for water sports, volcanoes that were made for hiking and forests that were made for biking, there are plenty of inspiring activities to suit everyone.


Tandem Skydiving is the ultimate thrill and you couldn't choose a more stunning region to throw yourself out of a plane. You don't need any experience, just enjoy the rush as you freefall over the beautiful blue Lake Taupo. Rotorua also has adventure playgrounds perfect for adults and kids alike offering everything from quad bike tours and bungy jumps to riding a zipline through ancient treetops.

Cycling and mountain biking

Whether you want a flat family-friendly ride, a backcountry epic, or a classic road ride, the Rotorua area caters for all levels. It's the gateway to the Whakarewarewa Redwood Forest with some of the world's best mountain bike trails just a few minute’s ride from the centre of town. Or you can use the gondola to take your bike up 200m and just enjoy the downhill thrill.

Fishing and hunting

The Rotorua area is home to some of the best fishing and hunting New Zealand has to offer. Arrange a heli-adventure into a remote backcountry location or a fishing charter on Lake Tarawera. Cook your rainbow trout in the geothermal hot sands while you relax in a natural hot pool. The forests in the region offer memorable hunting for trophy red deer and many other game animals.

Walking and hiking

There are numerous short walks and multi day hikes around Rotorua, through some of the most surreal and breathtaking landscapes in the world. Take a hike under towering Californian Redwoods or enjoy one of the many lakeside walks with amazing bird watching opportunities. Rotorua is also the gateway to Lake Waikaremoana, an untouched wilderness, and the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

Water activities

Rotorua is a renowned water playground. Raft through bush clad canyons over incredible drops or join a guided kayaking tour to the hot pools on Lake Rotoiti. Get your adrenalin buzz on a jet boat or have a go at parasailing and enjoy an exhilarating flight high above Rotorua. For something a little more sedate, take a scenic cruise on a paddle steamer.

Other Must-dos

Rotorua offers a superb selection of golf courses including Arikikapakapa, the Rotorua Golf Club. One of New Zealand's top courses, it is situated amongst boiling mud pools and stunning native bush. Horse trekking is another peaceful way to see the Rotorua countryside - with just the right amount of excitement.

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