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Ranked #1 of 45 attractions in Rotorua
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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Ranked #2 of 45 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Hot Springs/ Geysers
Owner description: Visit Waimangu Volcanic Valley and find out how the world began. Incredible Waimangu is the world's youngest geothermal... more » Owner description: Visit Waimangu Volcanic Valley and find out how the world began. Incredible Waimangu is the world's youngest geothermal system and a destination for travellers of all ages and fitness levels. Created in 1886 as the result of a massive volcanic eruption, Waimangu offers today's travellers a choice of easy self-guided walks through a natural environment of volcanic craters and awesome geothermal activity. Frying Pan Lake is the world's largest hot water spring; stunning Inferno Crater will take your breath away with the beauty of its turquoise blue lake; the environment itself will slow you down and soothe your soul.The more advanced Mt Haszard hike rewards with panoramic views, and our Lake Rotomahana cruise will reveal further geothermal activity that can only be seen from our vessel. Your entrance fee includes interpretive guides in a wide variety of languages for both the walks and the cruise. Our courtesy coach regularly circulates the valley to take you to your Lake Rotomahana Cruise, or back to the Visitor Centre when you've finished your walk, where you can enjoy refreshments in our modern Café or browse for mementos and souvenirs at our gift shop. Depending on how much time you have,your walk or cruise can range from 45 minutes to over 4 hours. « less
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Ranked #3 of 45 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Hot Springs/ Geysers
Owner description: THOUSANDS OF YEARS IN THE MAKING, explore spectacular nature at New Zealand's most colourful natural volcanic area. Walk at... more » Owner description: 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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Ranked #4 of 45 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Historic Sites
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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Ranked #5 of 45 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Amusement/ Theme 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 45 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Hot Springs/ Geysers
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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Ranked #7 of 45 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Tours
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Ranked #8 of 45 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
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Ranked #9 of 45 attractions in Rotorua
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Ranked #10 of 45 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Ranked #11 of 45 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Educational Sites
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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Ranked #12 of 45 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Historic Sites
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Ranked #13 of 45 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Bodies of Water
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Ranked #14 of 45 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Historic Sites; Gardens
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Ranked #15 of 45 attractions in Rotorua
Category: History Museums; Art Museums; Museums
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Ranked #16 of 45 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Bodies of Water
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 45 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Volcanos
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Ranked #18 of 45 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Historic Sites
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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Ranked #19 of 45 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Hot Springs/ Geysers
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Ranked #20 of 45 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums
Owner description: Experience New Zealand's most visited archaeological site where stories of the 1886 Mt Tarawera Eruption come to life!... more » Owner description: Experience New Zealand's most visited archaeological site where stories of the 1886 Mt Tarawera Eruption come to life! Violent and unexpected, the volcanic eruption was one of New Zealand's greatest natural disasters burying the peaceful village of Te Wairoa and ending more than 150 lives. Today at the Buried Village encounter the world class Museum of Te Wairoa, explore the Archaeological Site which once housed the people of Te Wairoa, experience the unique insights of stories from our tour guides, and take the Waterfall Trail which showcases the stunning Wairere Falls. « less
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Ranked #21 of 45 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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 #22 of 45 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Geologic Formations
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Ranked #23 of 45 attractions in Rotorua
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Ranked #24 of 45 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 #25 of 45 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Hiking Trails
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Ranked #26 of 45 attractions in Rotorua
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Ranked #27 of 45 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Dinner Theaters
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Ranked #28 of 45 attractions in Rotorua
Owner description: Challenge our 18 hole Mini Golf course amidst native New Zealand surroundings and amongst the wildlife of two friendly... more » Owner description: Challenge our 18 hole Mini Golf course amidst native New Zealand surroundings and amongst the wildlife of two friendly roaming Rabbits, Ring Neck Doves, Pigeons and a chatty Rainbow Lorikeet. This course is outstanding with piped music and stunning water features including a 2000-year-old Rata stump. Twilight golf is also popular, with our multicolour-lit environment. Great for all ages. « less
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Ranked #29 of 45 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Equestrian Trails
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Ranked #30 of 45 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Game/ Entertainment Centers
Owner description: Experience the thrill of racing on our indoor Go-Kart Drift TrackFULL DRIFTING ACTIONOur track is designed for full drifting... more » Owner description: Experience the thrill of racing on our indoor Go-Kart Drift TrackFULL DRIFTING ACTIONOur track is designed for full drifting action and full adrenalin fun. With our special track surface you can feel the drifting sensation as your Go-Kart slides around the corners.MORE POWERCome in and try our "NEW" more powerfull Kartz. We are replacing our old motors with new 300cc motors, these motors have more power and torque and keep the wheels spinning all day long! Come and see us next time your in town. « less
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