Another round of lockdown has been hard on everyone in NZ. Thanks to the team of 5million, we’re coming out the other side, relatively unharmed. Through lockdown we’ve been reminiscing on our adventures & activities in the area. So, we’ve put together some of our favourite things to do in Rotorua Post Lockdown.
We have so many options right at our fingertips, it’s up to you to explore them! The best part? Helping to support small businesses in these challenging times.
Explore the Rotorua Night Markets
Every Thursday evening, Tūtānekai Street comes alive with the best the region has to offer in arts, crafts and produce. The Night Markets are one of Rotorua's great local markets and a family-friendly must-do event, popular with locals and visitors alike. We can’t wait to line up for dumplings & vegan burgers!
Raft the Highest Commercially Rafted Waterfall in the World
You had to know this would be on our list. We can’t wait to get back on our awa and experience the adrenaline pumping nature of the Kaituna or Okere Awa.
Rotorua Rafting are the Kaituna River specialists, and offer the most spectacular whitewater rafting in Rotorua. Home to the largest commercially rafted waterfall in the world, Tutea Falls, do something adventurous after lockdown and send it with the best!
Soak in Hot Pools and Mud Baths
Bike the Endless Trails of the Whakarewarewa Forest
We’ve been biking in the redwoods for a while now, and we’ve barely scratched the surface of epic trails. Mountain biking in the world-famous forrest is on the top of our list after lockdown. Let the team at Mountain Bike Rotorua take you all the way to the top and send it down with your mates.
Wine Tasting and Fine Dining at Skyline
Sample the locally crafted Volcanic Hills wines while enjoying the views of Lake Rotorua. Finish it off with a delicious lunch or dinner buffet highlighting locally sourced seafood, meat and produce.
Stroll through the Beautiful Gardens
Originally known as Paepae Kumana, The Government Gardens is a beautiful public park along the edge of Lake Rotorua and only minutes from the city centre. Government Gardens is one of Rotorua’s historic landmarks and most popular tourism destinations.
Embrace the local culture at a Māori Village
You don’t have to be an overseas tourist to experience the rich ahurea (culture) of Aotearoa's history. The cultural performances & tours of our local Māori Villages is unforgettable. Experience ceremonial rituals, powerful cultural performance, storytelling, and feast on hāngī.
Coming Soon: Ziplining over waterfalls
The Rotorua Ziplines construction is well under way and shaping up to be one of Rotorua’s Must-Do activities. This adventure will see guests soaring through the native canopy and flying over the water falls of the Kaituna river, if you’re lucky you’ll even spot some rafts metres below.
Rotorua Ziplines is located in the Ōkere Falls Scenic Reserve with six lines that send you flying through towering native trees and atop of thundering waterfalls at speeds of up to 80kph. The tour will have a strong focus on the cultural significance of the Ōkere awa (river) whilst connecting guests with activities and insight on how we can better the planet together.
Make Rotorua Rafting your first stop in Rotorua book online today or call us on 0800 772 384
Remember to be kind and stay safe NZ, we’ve got this!