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Mitai Maori Village Cultural Experience in Rotorua
Get an authentic introduction to Maori culture with an evening at the Mitai Maori Village of Rotorua. See warriors in traditional dress paddle in an ancient canoe, and be captivated by the displays of weaponry. You'll watch 'haka' and poi dances and view glowworms in their natural habitat. This 3-hour experience includes round-trip hotel transport and a traditional 'hangi' feast with your admission ticket.
Cultural Experience & Seasonal Māori Cuisine at Te Pā Tū
While in Rotorua, see a cultural performance and take part in a 3-course seasonal fusion feast at Te Pā Tū, featuring lesser-known delicacies. A local guide escorts you by coach to the “marae” (Māori village) for an immersive evening that begins with a welcome ceremony by New Zealand's Indigenous people. Learn about local customs based on the Māori lunar calendar and watch a powerful display of song and dance.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves & Hobbiton Movie Set - Rotorua Day Tour
Experience some of the North Island’s greatest natural and cultural attractions on an easy full-day tour from Rotorua. Nature lovers will enjoy visiting the Waitomo Caves, where you’ll take a boat ride on an underground river, gaze at thousands of twinkling glow worms, and more. Movie buffs and fans of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit won’t want to miss the guided tour of Hobbiton.
Rotorua Highlights Small Group Tour Including Te Puia from Auckland
Combine the top sights of Rotorua and Te Puia in a single comprehensive day tour from Auckland. Traveling with a guide and following a carefully curated itinerary means you won't miss any of the important sights. Visit the Maori cultural landmarks and geothermal spots of Te Puia, as well as the city sights in Rotorua, accompanied by insightful guided commentary. Round-trip transportation from Auckland means you can focus on the scenery and the experience instead of driving and directions.
Rotorua to Auckland Including Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves
Embark on a one-way tour from Rotorua to Auckland, the first stop is the Hobbiton Movie Set, the world-famous film location. See Hobbit Holes, stroll through the lush gardens and learn how this private farm became Middle-earth on a private tour. The next stop is Waitomo Glowworm Caves, one of the North Island’s most popular attractions. Be amazed by the illumination of thousands of tiny glowworms on a boat tour through Glowworm Grotto, a subterranean marvel. Travel through the Mamaku Ranges and the rural farmlands of Waikato en route to Auckland, admiring highlights such as Fitzgerald Glade.
Hobbiton Day Tour from Rotorua with lunch at Hobbiton
Setting out from Rotorua, your Hobbiton Movie Set Tour starts with a scenic drive across to Matamata where your local driver guide will provide informative commentary and share stories about the region and its history. Take a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set and learn how this picturesque farmland was transformed into a living, breathing piece of Middle Earth. Your guide will show you Hobbit holes, the Green Dragon Inn, the Party Tree, the Mill, and many other structures from the movies. Then enjoy a tasty lunch at The Green Dragon Inn before making your way back to Rotorua. Construction on the Hobbiton Movie Set: A major and very exciting development project is underway at Hobbiton Movie Set until December 2023
Ziplining Forest Experience - The Ultimate Canopy Tour Rotorua
Soar through the trees and experience New Zealand’s ancient native forest like never before on this incredible must-do adventure – Voted TripAdvisor’s #11 Adventure Experience in the world! You'll soar across 1200m of ziplines, experience New Zealand’s one and only cliff walk 50m above the forest floor, incredible swing bridges, controlled descent and an impressive 400m long tandem zipline so you can share the experience of our longest zipline together!
Ziplining Forest Adventure - The Original Canopy Tour Rotorua
This Rotorua zipline tour takes you soaring through a centuries-old forest canopy as you switch between the six zipline cables suspended 72 feet (22 meters) above the ground. Get a bird’s-eye view as two expert guides suit you up with safety equipment and teach you about the forest environment. Bonus: you can later download photos taken of you during your treetops adventure. Round-trip hotel transport is included on this small-group tour, limited to 10 people.
Rotorua Glow Worm Kayaking Tour
As the sun sets over the Bay of Plenty, take a kayak into the hidden glow worm caves around the Rotorua Caves on this remarkable after-dark tour. Instead of trying to find your own way out to the caves, take a kayak across the lakes with a guide by your side who can help you navigate the tunnels and keep you on course. Marvel at the clusters of glowing bugs and the way they light up these underground rock formations.
Rotorua Rafting - Kaituna River White Water Rafting
Go on an adrenaline-filled rafting excursion down the Kaituna River during this 3-hour adventure tour from Rotorua. Here, white-water rapids flow past a subtropical rainforest lining a deep canyon. See stunning waterfalls, including rafting over Tutea Falls, and jump at the opportunity for exhilarating cliff diving. Tour operates winter and summer. Wetsuit, booties and helmet are provided. No experience necessary!
Rotorua Small Group Morning Tour Waimangu and Wai O Tapu
See the awe-inspiring Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland on a half-day tour, led by a knowledgeable guide. Follow a well-marked path alongside bubbling hot springs and volcanic craters at Rotorua’s most comprehensive geothermal site. Hear a morning presentation about the Lady Knox Geyser and observe the daily eruption before a short drive through the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Numbers are limited to 12 people, providing a more personalized experience with a small group.
Hell's Gate Mud Bath & Spas
Treat yourself to a therapeutic mud bath and sulfur spa package at Hells Gate Geothermal Park. Located in one of Rotorua’s most active geothermal zones, Hells Gate features mud bath treatments that leave your body rejuvenated and skin smooth. You also have the option to cool off with a dip in waterfall pools after your treatment.
Whakarewarewa Village Guided Tour
Learn about Maori culture and see boiling mud pools, geysers, and hot springs by visiting Whakarewarewa Village in Rotorua. To save time waiting in ticket lines, prebooking your admission means you can select an entry slot to suit your travel plans. Then, once inside, join a Maori guide to learn about Maori traditions—including a chance to try food cooked in geothermal pools.
Mt. Tarawera Volcano Scenic Floatplane Tour from Rotorua
Soar above the otherworldly volcanic landscapes of Mt. Tarawera on seaplane flight from Rotorua. The expert pilot-guide navigates over the Steaming Cliffs and the Waimangu Volcanic Valley, then returns via the Blue and Green Lakes and the bubbling geysers of Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve. Experience the thrill of a water take-off and landing on Rotorua Lake, with a convenient hotel pickup and drop-off.
Guided Horse Trekking from Rotorua
Explore the New Zealand countryside on horseback on this 1-hour horse trekking tour from Rotorua. Climb onto your horse and head into the foothills of Mt Ngongotaha with a guide. Follow winding trails over working farmland and through native bush, and admire beautiful views over Lake Rotorua. Stop along the way to capture the views on camera, then descend back through the green paddocks to base. This horse trek is suitable for beginners and experienced riders alike, with horses and ponies to match all riding abilities.
The Hell's Gate Experience
Learn more about Rotorua’s culture and natural history when you visit the Hell’s Gate geothermal park. Simplify your visit by pre-purchasing your entry ticket. Take advantage of the included guided tours, which includes a self-guided option if you’d prefer to go at your own pace. Try Maori carving in the carving house and soak in the geothermal waters, if you like.
Mt Tarawera Helicopter Tour with Volcano Landing
Hover above Mt Tarawera on a helicopter tour with a landing that includes a short, guided exploration of the volcanic terrain on foot. View the geothermal landscape of crater lakes and domes from the air, then get up close to the volcanic scenery as you learn about its geologic history from your guide. Soar above the Northern Lakes district as you take off from Rotorua.
Nocturnal adventure Glow-worm tour
Even on the cloudiest night, the New Zealand glowworm lights up the darkness in a lucky few spots across the country. This short evening bush-walk departing from Rotorua involves a short drive, a walk through picturesque native bush and the chance to see these increasingly rare creatures. Tack this tour onto the end of a thrilling day in Rotorua instead of hiring a car for an almost two-hour drive west to visit the exceedingly popular Waitomo Caves. This is one of the easiest ways to experience Aotearoa’s unique glowworm habitats.
Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua
This Kaituna River rafting adventure in the Okere Falls Scenic Reserve promises plenty of thrills! With an expert guide at the helm, you’ll paddle through Class 5 white-water rapids of the Kaituna River, including an awesome 21-foot (7-meter) drop down Tutea Falls, the worlds highest commercially rafted waterfall. Accessible to adventurous beginners, this 3-hour tour includes a safety briefing with paddling instruction, all necessary equipment and round-trip hotel transport from Rotorua.
Twilight Kayak Glow worm Tour
Adventurous travelers will love this glowworm-spotting tour with a difference. As the sun gets lower in the sky, paddle in a kayak on Lake Karapiro and along the Pokaiwhenua Stream. You’ll see beautiful native plants and bird life, and rock formations that have been naturally carved over centuries. Once the light disappears, you’ll see thousands of glowworms lighting your way. This tour is a fun way to experience some of New Zealand’s best natural attractions.
Kaituna White-Water Rafting Adventure
Challenge yourself against the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall and enjoy outdoor adventure in New Zealand on this 3.5-hour Kaituna white-water rafting adventure from Rotorua. Hop into your raft in the Kahikitea Forest and take to the waves with a guide. During your tour, navigate steep canyons through native forest, and test your nerve over 14 challenging rapids. Splash, paddle and roll through New Zealand’s spectacular scenery and make the most of this North Island outdoor adventure. A full briefing and all safety equipment are included.
Katoa Jet Boat tour on Lake Rotorua
Blast around Lake Rotorua on a jet boat tour! An expert driver spins you around on an adrenaline-infused adventure and delivers you at top-speed to all of the iconic landmarks. Experience 30 action-packed minutes of family-friendly fun as you hear live narration on the history of the area. Select from multiple departure times; spray jackets included.
White Island & Mount Tarawera Floatplane Adventure
Leave Rotorua for a short minute flight to White Island, New Zealand’s only active offshore volcano. Land in a helicopter and walk around the island before taking the scenic route back to Rotorua via Mt. Tarawera, the site of New Zealand’s largest eruption in human memory. Get a glimpse at the geothermal diversity of this region.
Agrodome Farm Experience including Farm Show and Farm Tour - Rotorua
Complete your trip to Rotorua with a visit to the Agrodome. If there's one thing people associate with New Zealand, it’s sheep, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to interact with the gentle creatures at the Agrodome Sheep Show, Farm Tour or both. This educational and family-friendly experience lets you join in on farming activities as you meet the farmers and their sheep.
What people are saying about Rotorua Tours
Mitai Maori Village Cultural Experience in Rotorua"We enjoyed learning the history of the Mitai Maori. The dance and Haka were interesting to see. The meal was substantial."..."
Cultural Experience & Seasonal Māori Cuisine at Te Pā Tū"Loved that the evening included interactive and educational elements! The Maori cuisine was delicious"..."
Waitomo Glowworm Caves & Hobbiton Movie Set - Rotorua Day Tour"This excursion was very entertaining and informative. The tour operator provided great insights into New Zealand."..."
Rotorua Highlights Small Group Tour Including Te Puia from Auckland"Wonderful tour. Grant, our driver, was very knowledgeable and keen about safety. There were 16 ppl in out group with different plans for the day, and Grant managed it all perfectly. I chose to go to Te Puia and take the rest of the day free at the charming town of Rotorua. I love it."..."
Rotorua to Auckland Including Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves"The trip was super well organised! Everything was on time, nice bus, nice drivers with interesting comments on the way. Recommended!"..."
Hobbiton Day Tour from Rotorua with lunch at Hobbiton"Having Hobbiton come to life for me. Seeing in reality what I saw in the movies. Lunch was great too. I really appreciated our Guide Mike, he made it so much easier to visualise."..."
Ziplining Forest Experience - The Ultimate Canopy Tour Rotorua"Highly recommeded activity in Rotorua to enjoy ziplines in the forest. The staff is professional and super nice."..."
Ziplining Forest Adventure - The Original Canopy Tour Rotorua"I enjoyed our guides, Phoebe and Andrew - their professionalism combined with humour, anecdote, environmental education, zaniness, and reassurance. The environmental consciousness of the company is inspirational. The experience of walking through ancient forest and ziplining across the canopy is almost spiritual. Highly recommended."..."
Rotorua Glow Worm Kayaking Tour"Awesome experience that I ever had !! A must-do check list ! Kayaking to the glow worm cave is a wonderful experience! Many glow worm just like the picture we saw at the advertisement 😂"..."
Rotorua Rafting - Kaituna River White Water Rafting"Just an all-round exhilarating experience. Guides were professional and made the whole experience fantastic. The level 5 waterfall was awesome. Highly recommended."..."
Rotorua Small Group Morning Tour Waimangu and Wai O Tapu"Beautiful scenery, comfortable and good tour guide. Very knowledgeable and experienced tour guide. Excellent."..."
Hell's Gate Mud Bath & Spas"Great experience despite the rain! The mud bath was warm and therapeutic. A bit pricey for what it is but it is a tourist destination so understandable."..."
Whakarewarewa Village Guided Tour"The knowledge that our guide had was just absolutely amazing. The corn was really good too and just him sharing his stories, culture and history just gives you that information that you couldn't find anywhere else but from someone that knows their culture."..."
Mt. Tarawera Volcano Scenic Floatplane Tour from Rotorua"This was a blast!! We caught an Uber out to Rotura from our cruise ship to get to this adventure. They have a helicopter and a seaplane. The seaplane was great fun taking off from the lake. The lake is filled with black swans. Beautiful. Great scenery from the plane!! Over an old volcano. Wish it would go over the thermal fields."..."
Guided Horse Trekking from Rotorua"Great experience for people with no horse riding experience. I highly recommend to anyone! Horses are very gentle and calm, beautiful scenery and great guides. Even though, the weather wasn’t perfect, the whole experience blew our minds!"..."
The Hell's Gate Experience"The best place in Rotorua for mud bath, spa! Friendly stiff, clear information and instruction enabled us to enjoy our visit a very memory one. The shower area was spacious and with all important necessities."..."
Mt Tarawera Helicopter Tour with Volcano Landing"Very friendly staff, stunning views and interesting info given by the crew. Well worth the price! Highly recommend!"..."
Nocturnal adventure Glow-worm tour"Best activity we did in Rotorua! Great guide, easy transportation, beautiful glow worms and other nocturnal creatures."..."
Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua"The water level was too high for the Kaituna river so we went down the Rangitaikei instead, and it was excellent! Almost 14 km of good-sized rapids, with great guides, great instructions/lessons beforehand. Do it."..."
Twilight Kayak Glow worm Tour"Awesome tour! We had a fantastic time and would highly recommend this experience. Moderate level of physical exertion required."..."
Kaituna White-Water Rafting Adventure"The Rapids are awesome! The scenery is amazing! The water fall drop is outstanding! The guides are so much fun to be around! Highly recommended!"..."
Katoa Jet Boat tour on Lake Rotorua"The weather wasn't the best but the driver was absolutely fantastic. Picking the best path of travel and using it to his advantage. Was so much fun. Really enjoyed getting up close to the island."..."
Agrodome Farm Experience including Farm Show and Farm Tour - Rotorua"The unique presentation of hippie sheep is amazing. Both adults and kids enjoyed it very much. Even the weather the time we have visited was not great, the staff managed to carry on the show and the tour to the farm."..."
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