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Ranked #1 of 34 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Forests; Nature and Parks
Owner description: If you love the outdoors this area is for you! Escape into the beautiful Whakarewarewa Forest, one of Rotorua’s most... more » Owner description: If you love the outdoors this area is for you! Escape into the beautiful Whakarewarewa Forest, one of Rotorua’s most spectacular natural assets. Famous for its magnificent stands of towering Californian Coastal Redwoods it is just five minutes drive from the city centre. Here you can experience some of the finest walking and mountain bike trails in the world. Not to mention taking in superb panoramic views of Rotorua City, Lake and surrounding district. Entry to the forest, tracks and Gift Shop & Visitor Centre is FREE. There is lots of parking and toilet facilities available. Gates open at 5.30am and close at 8.30pm. Maps and information is available at the Redwoods Visitor Centre. Plus there is an i-site staff member available most of the time to help with accomodation and attraction bookings. Coffee cart on site and snacks and ice-creams too. Fantastic range of giftware specialising in native wooden gifts and NZ made products. Profits support track and facility maintenance. « less
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$27* and up
Ranked #2 of 34 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Sports Complexes; Landmarks
Owner description: The experience of rolling down a hill inside a giant inflatable ball has been an iconic adventure experience since Andrew and... more » Owner description: The experience of rolling down a hill inside a giant inflatable ball has been an iconic adventure experience since Andrew and David Akers developed the first operation in the world in Rotorua back in 1997. Rotorua remains the ONLY location in New Zealand where you can experience this amazingly fun and bizarre activity.With a new site just 5 minutes from the town centre with a hill that is almost twice as long, you can ride with 1, 2 or 3 people inside the same H2OGO (with warm water in winter or cool water in summer),race against your friends, or try the Harness OGO where you are securely strapped in and sent rolling head over heels through the trees down our custom designed harness track.OR … try our BRAND NEW ride; THE FISHPIPE!A new and unique type of water ride where you slide for over 600 metres! Further than the longest water-slide in the world!Up to 3 riders, 75 litres (20 gallons) of water and a barrel that spins at up to 45 revolutions per minute (although we can slow it right down for the kids and those of you with nervous dispositions.)If you’re riding solo, you can slide, try to run inside, or even try surfing on your feet. With 2 or 3 riders inside you slip and slide together in a tangled mess ... backwards, sideways, frontwards, upside-downwards and whose-foot-is-that-in-my-mouthwards.Open 364 days from 9:00 to 5:00pm in all weather conditions, do not miss out on this unique New Zealand invention. No bookings necessary. « less
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$656* and up
Ranked #3 of 34 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: Tamaki Maori Village – Evening Cultural Experience. New Zealand’s Most Awarded Cultural Experience! Experience an evening of... more » Owner description: Tamaki Maori Village – Evening Cultural Experience. New Zealand’s Most Awarded Cultural Experience! Experience an evening of ceremonial ritual, powerful cultural performance, storytelling & hangi feasting. Share in the Powhiri, our ancient ceremony of welcome before entering our pre-European Maori Village nestled within a native Tawa Forest. The village comes alive with sights, sounds & activity of days gone by including haka, poi, tattooing, weaving, carving and arts of warrior training. You will have the opportunity to participate in these activities. Witness the earth being scraped away from the hangi pit to reveal baskets of food cooked beneath the ground on hot stones. Enter the ancestral meeting house and enjoy a powerful cultural performance before dining the traditional hangi buffet feast! « less
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$110* and up
Ranked #4 of 34 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Hot Springs/ Geysers; Nature and Parks
Owner description: "One of the 20 Most Surreal Places in the World" Trip Advisor THOUSANDS OF YEARS IN THE MAKING, explore spectacular nature at... more » Owner description: "One of the 20 Most Surreal Places in the World" Trip Advisor THOUSANDS OF YEARS IN THE MAKING, explore spectacular nature at New Zealand's most colourful natural volcanic area. Walk at your own pace - view the unique Champagne Pool, Sinter Terrace formations, Steaming Ground, Bubbling Mud, Expansive Vistas, Huge Volcanic Craters. The Lady Knox Geyser erupts daily at 10.15am. Excellent facilities at modern Visitor Centre. « less
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$21* and up
Ranked #5 of 34 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks; Amusement Parks
Owner description: Skyline Rotorua provides the ideal venue and all weather attraction for a day of fun! Take the Skyline Gondola up the side of... more » Owner description: Skyline Rotorua provides the ideal venue and all weather attraction for a day of fun! Take the Skyline Gondola up the side of Mount Ngongotaha and try the world famous Luge; Skyline's Cableway Restaurant for either Best of New Zealand Buffet lunch or dinner, Skywing or Skyvue 4D simulator. Open 365 days. « less
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Ranked #6 of 34 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Hot Springs/ Geysers; Nature and Parks
Owner description: Waikite Valley Thermal Pools provides the opportunity to relax and experience the pure natural geothermal waters from the Te... more » Owner description: Waikite Valley Thermal Pools provides the opportunity to relax and experience the pure natural geothermal waters from the Te Manaroa Spring. Facilities include The Pukeko in the Ponga Tree Cafe, a splash pool with adjoining toddlers play area, passive bathing pools, private spas, nature trail and separate changing, toilet and shower area for families. Waikite Valley Thermal Pools also offers powered and non powered campground sites. « less
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$163* and up
Ranked #7 of 34 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Volcanos; Nature and Parks
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$91* and up
Ranked #8 of 34 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #9 of 34 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
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$80* and up
Ranked #10 of 34 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Educational Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: Te Puia spans 70 hectares within the historic Te Whakarewarewa Valley, on the edge of town. We are home to the world famous... more » Owner description: Te Puia spans 70 hectares within the historic Te Whakarewarewa Valley, on the edge of town. We are home to the world famous Pohutu geyser, to mud pools, hot springs, to silica formations to the Kiwi bird and the national schools of wood carving, weaving, stone and bone carving. We have shared these treasures with manuhiri (visitors) for 170 years and proudly continue that legacy today. « less
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$1,205* and up
Ranked #11 of 34 attractions in Rotorua
Category: ; Art Museums; History Museums; Museums
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Ranked #12 of 34 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Historic Sites; Gardens
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Ranked #13 of 34 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #14 of 34 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: The Living Maori Village is set among the geothermal landscape of the Te Whakarewarewa Valley, a ten minute walk from town.... more » Owner description: The Living Maori Village is set among the geothermal landscape of the Te Whakarewarewa Valley, a ten minute walk from town. See the Bubbling Pools, Mud Pools, Steam Vents and Geysers and walk our back tracks with amazing photo opportunities. The Living Maori Village is an authentic and unique attraction where the villagers live, cook and bath in the geothermal waters on a daily basis. Our guides are direct descendants of the guides who guided at the Pink and White Terraces over 150 years ago, this legacy is as important today as it was then. « less
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$52* and up
Ranked #15 of 34 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #16 of 34 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
Owner description: The largest of a dozen lakes formed by volcanic activity, this clear, calm lake offers cruises, kayaking and sailing, as well... more » Owner description: The largest of a dozen lakes formed by volcanic activity, this clear, calm lake offers cruises, kayaking and sailing, as well as great trout fishing. « less
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Ranked #17 of 34 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Landmarks
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Ranked #18 of 34 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Hot Springs/ Geysers; Nature and Parks
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$656* and up
Ranked #19 of 34 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
Owner description: The new Rainbow Springs will bring New Zealand nature stories to life. Not only are you able to see endangered native... more » Owner description: The new Rainbow Springs will bring New Zealand nature stories to life. Not only are you able to see endangered native species like the Kiwi and Tuatara but now with the Big Splash water ride, that story comes to life. See life size dinosaurs, moa and other now extinct species as you ride the 9 minute long fun and educational journey through the ecological evolution of New Zealand. Be prepared for the adrenalin boosting plunge at the end!! Great new Live Bird Show now on at 11.30am every day. Loads of Live Encounters with exotic birds, lizards, eels and other creatures - check the schedule on our website. « less
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Ranked #20 of 34 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Geologic Formations; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #21 of 34 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Hot Springs/ Geysers; Nature and Parks
Owner description: Headfirst Travel's Geyser Link Shuttle is the ideal transport service to help you explore Rotorua's thermal wonders.... more » Owner description: Headfirst Travel's Geyser Link Shuttle is the ideal transport service to help you explore Rotorua's thermal wonders. Convenient daily connections to Wai-O-Tapu and Waimangu. All our services include; - pick ups and drop offs - commentary - mud pool - Lady Knox Geyser (morning Wai-o-tapu) - preferential entry Key features: Daily departures, morning and afternoon Convenient connections to Wai-o-Tapu and Waimangu. Combos available with other exciting attractions in Rotorua such as Hobbiton, Whakarewarewa and more. « less
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$270* and up
Ranked #22 of 34 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Hot Springs/ Geysers; Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Spas
Owner description: New Zealand's only geothermal mud bath complex where visitors can immerse themselves in the silky smooth warm geothermal mud... more » Owner description: New Zealand's only geothermal mud bath complex where visitors can immerse themselves in the silky smooth warm geothermal mud and sulphurous waters of the Hells gate thermal reserve that have been used by the Maori for more than 700 years for healing and wellbeing. A unique iconic New Zealand visitor experience. The Wai Ora Spa also features the unique 'New Zealand Cultural Spa Experience' with traditional Maori massage, facials and body treatments « less
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Ranked #23 of 34 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Hot Springs/ Geysers; Nature and Parks
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$52* and up
Ranked #24 of 34 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Hiking Trails
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$112* and up
Ranked #25 of 34 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Art Galleries
Owner description: Located outside the entrance to the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, this Institute trains young carvers in the skills of their... more » Owner description: Located outside the entrance to the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, this Institute trains young carvers in the skills of their elders with demonstrations of weaving techniques. « less
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Ranked #26 of 34 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Equestrian Trails
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Ranked #27 of 34 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #28 of 34 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Museums
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Ranked #29 of 34 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #30 of 34 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Equestrian Trails
Owner description: The Farmhouse Rotorua is family owned horse trekking farm. We provide horse trekkings/private horse lessons/farm stays and... more » Owner description: The Farmhouse Rotorua is family owned horse trekking farm. We provide horse trekkings/private horse lessons/farm stays and B&B packages. We have Kiwi/Japanese/Taiwanese staff for welcoming the international guests as well as our local customers. Kids birthday party and Day visit for weekend/school holidays are also available. Please visit our website to find more details. « less
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