Rotorua is considered by many, as the adventure capital of the North Island of New Zealand. There are many things to see and do in Rotorua, and in this article, I'll cover what, in my opinion, are the 7 awesome things to do in Rotorua. All of these are also child-friendly and can be neat to do as a family.
Located approx three hours drive south of Auckland, Rotorua is certainly one of the tourist hot spots. Rotorua has a static urban population of approx 60,000 however, these numbers increase significantly with the influx of travellers not only from around the world but also locals, Kiwis (New Zealanders).
Rotorua is also a very popular destination for corporate functions and conferences, due to the availability of good hotels and abundance of team building activities in the surrounding area.
7 Great Things to do in Rotorua
The Agrodome farm show has been running for many years since its conception at the world expo in Japan in 1970. Because of its success, it was reignited here in New Zealand in 1971 and is still going strong
This show attracts visitors from all over the world and is both educational and entertaining. The compare's do an outstanding job, introducing the 19, yes 19, breeds of sheep that are farmed here in New Zealand, followed by a milking demonstration and the shearing of a sheep. Other presentations include a sheep auction (hilarious) and showing off the skills of the working dogs.
The show is very interactive with volunteers being called upon to participate in the demonstrations. I am a regular visitor to the Agrodome and always have a giggle at it.
2 Rainbow Springs & Kiwi Encounter
This attraction is an exceptional way to get to know many of our native birds and our very own relic from the Dinosaur era, the Tuatara. Not only is there an extensive range of native faurna and flora in the park, but there is also many other creatures that have become synonymous with New Zealand. For instance, both Rainbow and Brown trout, almost the size of sharks... well might be exaggerating a little there, but still enormous.
Rainbow Springs recently added an adventure ride called the "Big Splash", perfect for you and the children.
The ultimate experience at Rainbow Springs, in my opinion, is to pay the extra and do the Kiwi Encounter. This extra takes you on a guided behind the scenes tour and gives you great learning potential about our national icon the Kiwi bird.
Get your photography taken by the official photographer as you enter and you will be amazed at the result. This is one attraction photograph I fully endorse.
3 Skyline and Luge
Located in proximity to the previous two attractions, is Skyline Rotorua.
Skyline Rotorua has a lot to offer from thrills, views and entertainment to delicious food. As you ascend Mt Ngongotaha in the Gondola cars, you get a magnificent view of Rotorua and surrounding suburbs.
Once at the top there is an abundance of activates to keep you entertained for hours on end. Take a ride town the hill on a Luge, swing from a great height over the side of the mountain. Zipline through the Forrest or enjoy a meal and drink at the Stratosphere restaurant.
Skyline Rotorua truly has something for everyone.
4 Te Puia
Te Puia once know as Whakarewarewa, offers visitors a great variety from geysers, boiling mud pools and Maori cultural performance in the Wharenui (meeting house) to Kiwi bird viewing. The Whakarewarewa village is still there but located behind Te Puia
Te Puia has embraced tourism to the fullest, offering visitors a truly memorable experience. The Maori guides that take you through the park are enthusiastic about their heritage culture and land. Even though this is an outdoor activity, it can still be enjoyable if the weather doesn't play ball. Just be prepared and take a coat or umbrella.
Options available also include a Maori concert and a meal experience called a Hangi.
5 Polynesian Spa
After a hectic day of activities , there is nothing more relaxing than soaking in the mineral waters at the world acclaimed Polynesian Spa.
This facility has many options from family pools, multi-temperature pools and private pools to specialised massages.
I have personally been many times, and my favourite is the "Adult Pools" option. Once I even had a hydrotherapy massage, sheer bliss.
Set on the shore of Lake Rotorua and open till late Polynesian Spa is a must do to relax.
6 Rotorua Duck
Time to get out and explore more of Rotorua and no better way to do it than with the team from Rotorua Duck Tours.
Spend a couple of hours of entertainment with interesting, informative and comical commentary as you explore around and IN the lakes of Rotorua.
These WWII amphibious vehicles have been modified to give you a safe and pleasurable tour to some of the out of the way areas of Rotorua. Covered in sides and a roof means that this is an all weather activity. You will be presented with your very own Duck Whistle and be encouraged to quack at all and sundry. Great entertainment.
They will often pick you up from your hotel or at least from the Rotorua information centre.
7 Tamaki Maori Village
I have saved this one to last as this is most definitely a number 1, must do in Rotorua, the Tamaki Maori Village .
The evening's entertainment starts from the moment you step on to their Waka (bus) and make your way out to the Village.
The guides, usually local Maori (the indigenous people of New Zealand), are pure entertainers with voices to die for. Their talented skills extend to being able to greet your in you native language; most even know many of your countries national songs.
Once you arrive at the Tamaki Maori Village, you are greeted with a traditional "Wero" or challenge before entering into, what I consider the highlight of the evening, the village, where you have a hands on experience with the members of the tribe as you learn some of their old skills and customs.
Then it's off to see dinner emerging from the Hangi pit and a spectacular concert, complete with Haka and Poi dances.
After feasting on the Hangi, traditional Maori feast, and more entertainment, you are driven home in their Waka. Word of warning... be prepared to sing a song for your supper.
At the end of the night, I know you will join with me in declaring it as A Must Do in Rotorua.
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