Here are the top 46 tourist attractions to see in Rotorua:

1. Orakei Korako

38 km
from city center
1 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

Mysteriously known as “The Hidden Valley”, Orakei Korako is a highly active geothermal region located in the famous Taupo Volcanic Zone of the northern island of New Zealand. With a name that translates to ‘The Place of Adorning’ in the native language Maori, Orakei Korako is undoubtedly one of the best attractions for tourists and travellers in Rotorua area as well as in the entire country.

2. Blue Baths Pool

2 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

Natural geothermal features have always been something that Roturua is proud of. There are geysers, hot springs and bubbling pools of mud and water abound, scattered all around the city - a facet that has earned Roturua the moniker ‘Sulphur City’. These geothermal attractions are also half the reason behind the city’s tourist appeal. One such is the beautiful venue of Blue Bath Pool in the historic Government Gardens. Although it is enclosed in a pool suitable for swimming, the crystal blue water in it is fresh and geothermally heated, unlike the artificial mineral water that most in-house pools have.

3. Kerosene Creek

22 km
from city center
3 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

Staying true to Roturua’s endless collection of geothermal locations, Kerosene Creek is a lovely destination that attracts locals and tourists alike all around the year. After all, who doesn’t like to take a dip in naturally-heated warm pool of water and rinse off their week’s stress from the body and the mind.

4. Paradise Valley Springs

9 km
from city center
4 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

Paradise Valley Springs is a popular wildlife park in Rotorua, New Zealand. It is one of the many tourist attractions that people visit to escape their hectic lives and feel close to nature. The 48-acre reserve is a well-maintained facility where wildlife can thrive in the native bush environment and people visiting can observe and study them. The place has several freshwater springs that are home to a large population of freshwater trout.

5. Waitomo Glowworm Caves

98 km
from city center
5 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

Waitomo Glowworm Caves is a unique tourist attraction located in Rotorua, New Zealand. The caves are home to a large number of glowworms. These hollows can be explored on foot till a point and through an underground stream beyond that. As the journey begins, the appointed guide provides interesting information about the ecology and the history of the caves. Then, just before the end of the trip, visitors get to witness the spectacle as the glowworms sparkling like stars in the dark and dingy caves. The ambience and the experience make Waitomo Glowworm Caves a great place to have a delightful time watching the sparkling creatures with loved ones. The tours are all guided and thus, safe for all age groups. The underground boat rides are also a part of the complete package.

6. Mount Tarawera

24 km
from city center
6 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

Mount Tarawera is a famous attraction in Rotorua, New Zealand. It is an active volcano where some of the country’s most significant and the most destructive eruptions have occurred in the past — the notable ones being those that destroyed the Pink and White Terraces of Mount Tarawera. At present, the attraction is famous for hikes and a stunning view of Rotorua from the top of the mountain. Adventure freaks who know the region can come together, form a small group and head to the Peak. Tourists can contact one of the tour companies for a safe, guided and informative tour of the mountain. Locals often head to Mount Tarawera over a weekend. This attraction is usually included in the list of places that families can explore together.

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7. Wingspan, Rotorua

0 km
from city center
7 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

Wingspan, also known as the Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, is New Zealand's leading centre for education, conservation and research of the birds of prey native to the region. The attraction is located in Rotorua, New Zealand. Here, tourists get to observe the birds of prey at close distances and even get an opportunity to hold them. The surroundings of Wingspan are conserved to allow the birds to thrive in their natural environment. Nature lovers and ecologists are naturally drawn to this place. A tour here is quite an educational treat too. Therefore, parents often bring their children along for a great time learning and having fun together.

8. Rotorua Canopy Tours

0 km
from city center
8 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

Rotorua Canopy Tours is a one-of-a-kind eco-adventure tour that is conducted through the native forests located in the outskirts of Rotorua in New Zealand. It is the only place in New Zealand where people can enjoy native forests zipline tours. Rotorua Canopy Tours bring the participants face-to-face with adventure and guarantee a thrilling time. Plus, the natural surroundings, with their rejuvenating vibe, double the fun for the participants. Rotorua Canopy Tours is, therefore, best for family outings. Locals living nearby often get their loved ones here for a day-long activity.

9. Volcanic Hills Winery

9 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

Located as a part of the Skyline Gondola Complex with its Tasting room situated at the top of the complex, Volcanic Hills Winery is everything the name suggests. There is an eclectic range of award-winning wines to choose from, there is a tasting room at a sky-high level and a stunning panoramic view of the Rotorua lakes looking over.

10. Motion Entertainment

10 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

An indoor gaming center with a licensed bar and cafe of its own, Motion Entertainment is a must-do for any tourist visiting the region of Rotorua with family and kids. With a wide range of indoor activities and fun sports, the place guarantees a great time for its customers. The center also has a specially designed conference room to organize any private event or occasion of their customers with prior notice to the event team.

11. Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park

11,484 km
from city center
11 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

In the midst of native trees, forests and natural springs in Rotorua is the Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park surrounded by the beautiful flora and fauna of New Zealand. This park is home to the world’s largest kiwi hatchery and the ‘Big Splash’ ride which are the main attractions here. Also the encounters with the parakeets, geckos and dinosaur descendants, tuataras add to the wonderful experience.

12. Government Gardens

11,594 km
from city center
12 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

Overlooking the Rotorua Museum on the lake’s edge in North Island, New Zealand are the beautiful Government Gardens (Paepaekumanu). This site was a gift to the British Crown by the local Ngati Whakaue tribe and stands today as a symbol for both the Maori and English culture. Today, the Museum, Blue Baths, Klamath Falls Rose Gardens, Te Runanga Tea Pavillion and Band Rotunda located in the gardens are the heritage tourist attractions to visit while in Rotorua, New Zealand.

13. Kuirau Park

2 km
from city center
13 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

Kuirau Park at the northern end of Rotorua, New Zealand is a geothermal site laced with hot springs, mud pools, crater lakes and gardens. This park is a public space with walking tracks leading to the geothermal areas and providing the visitors with exciting and mesmerising sights of the boiling lakes and foot pools. Along with this the park has other recreational activities like barbecues, playgrounds and paddling pools available and is a popular tourist attraction in the area.

14. Velocity Valley

8,474 km
from city center
14 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

New Zealand’s adventure attraction, Velocity Valley is unlike any other adventure park with its six unique and thrilling rides. With adrenaline-pumping through and trips which give out the chills, this park is the hotspot for extreme sports seekers and has the world’s only Shweeb Racer - human-powered racing pods hanging down a monorail track, in its exhibit.

15. Hamurana Springs

11 km
from city center
15 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

Located to the North-East of Lake Rotorua are the beautiful and crystal clear, Hamurana Springs appears amidst century-old redwood trees. These freshwater springs are a part of the Ngati Rangiwewehi tribe and the journey till here is a short one through the groves alongside quiet and mesmerising views. Hamurana Springs flows into the Hamurana Springs Reserve as a stream and later joins the Lake Rotorua. The Hamurana Springs are surrounded by rocky structures and volcanic springs such as the one near Hangarua Spring.

16. Rotorua Hot Springs

0 km
from city center
16 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

Rotorua is a popular hub for outdoor activities. Most notably, the thermal activity makes it rank among the top tourist destinations of New Zealand. The thermal springs of Rotorua make it overwhelming as well as relaxing vacation for tourists. There are plenty of spots in and near Rotorua to enjoy mud pools and thermal hot springs. A few of them are even free to visit! Just outside the main town of Rotorua, you can find the Kerosene Creek and Hells Gate.

17. Ohinemutu

1 km
from city center
17 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

Bundled amidst beautiful lakeside scenery and boiling water vents is the village of Ohinemutu in Rotorua, New Zealand. Once the central area for the region of Rotorua, this Maori village is home to the Ngati Whakaue tribe who has a population of less than three hundred at present. An attraction site with historically magnificent highlights, the places to check out in Ohinemutu are the Tamatekapua meeting house and the St. Faith’s Church.

18. Mokoia Island

3 km
from city center
18 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

In the middle of Lake Rotorua in New Zealand is the beautiful island of Mokoia which stays uninhabited but has now turned into a popular tourist spot of the country. It is a sacred land of the Te Arawa tribe and presents the tourists with stunning views of the island, including bird watch and guided tours. This island is also a sanctuary for New Zealand’s endangered species ranging from birds to wildlife and is dipped in stories of the locals and the history of the place to be uncovered.

19. Tongariro National Park

132 km
from city center
19 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

With a dual UNESCO World Heritage Site status for its volcanic landscape and cultural significance, the Tongariro National Park is a must-see attraction in Rotorua, New Zealand. It is the oldest and the first of all National Parks in the country and is a marvel of nature with three breathing volcanoes - Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro in the heart of the park. This park presents its visitors with plenty of activities like walks and treks, skiing and snowboarding on Mount Ruapehu in the winters.

20. Okere Falls

16 km
from city center
20 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

On the shores of Lake Rotoiti in North Island, New Zealand is the little town of Okere Falls, well known amongst the rafters and kayakers for its rapid water flow. Ingrained with Maori history, beautiful lakesides and waterfalls, Okere Falls claims to have the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world, at 7 metres and alongside the rafting experience, this place has a popular fishing spot – the Trout Pool. It is also home to the Okere Falls Store which hosts the annual beer fest in October.

21. Lake Rotoiti

22 km
from city center
21 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

‘The Small Lake’, Lake Rotoiti in the Bay of Plenty area of New Zealand is a relatively large lake, contrary to its name and is near the famous Lake Rotorua. It is a popular site for the tourists who wish to go on a boating trip, with the beautiful Manupirua Hot Springs on the lake’s shore which can be reached only by boat. It is connected to Lake Rotorua via the Oahu Channel, and this affected the quality of the lake water in the 1960s. An improvement has however been noticed here with the construction of a safety barrier to prevent the nitrogen-rich water from entering Lake Rotoiti.

22. Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park

0 km
from city center
22 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

OVERVIEW: Lapped inside the scenic contours of Rotorua, a place of abundant lakes and exotic fauna Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park is an exclusive wildlife centre specially curated for the tourists all across to see what New Zealand boasts of. There is an eclectic range of guided tours by some of their professional tour guides who will let you in about the varied range of reptiles, birds, mammals you will come across in their park

23. Lake Rotorua

9 km
from city center
23 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

Regarded to be the second largest lake in the North Island of New Zealand, the lake of Rotorua is one of the prime tourist attractions for people visiting the city of Rotorua in New Zealand. It stretches for an area of about 79.8 square kilometers and a depth of 10 meters. The city of Rotorua is located on the southern shore of the lake and the town Ngongotaha on the western shore of the same.

24. The Buried Village of Te Wairoa

50 km
from city center
24 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

A century-old village, ruined due to a fatal volcanic eruption, namely the volcano of Mount of Tarawera on June 10th, 1886 now lies in fragments and desert along the coast of Lake Tarawera in New Zealand’s North Island. The spot is now a rage for tourists wide across for its local anecdotes, the fragmented relics of the past and excavation discoveries. The place is also renowned for a stunning waterfall on its southern end, Te Wairoa Stream linking Lake Rotokakahi and Lake Tarawera.

25. Zorb

0 km
from city center
25 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

A fun, thrilling and adrenaline-inducing outdoor attraction for tourists visiting Rotorua, New Zealand, Zorb is a must-do for anyone and everyone. Regarded to be the world’s largest downhill ball rolling park along the slope of Mt. Rotorua, this Kiwi owned and operated fun organization makes a promising recreation for its customers, with every safety measurement taken care of along with making it fun and fulfilling.

26. Agrodome

0 km
from city center
26 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

Located at a stretch of 350 acres of lush farming plain, Rotorua, New Zealand’s Agrodome is a large centre that offers you a fulfilling experience to see the farming and animal rearing culture at a close, personal level. It is a frequently visited attraction of Rotorua where visitors come to see the Farm Show, the Farmyard Nursery and take a tour of the entire Farmland that would comprise of you strolling through the lush green plains.

27. Mount Ngongotaha Scenic Reserve

8,478 km
from city center
27 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

Mount Ngongotaha is a volcanic dome which is situated 757 metres above the sea level. The Rotorua city can be viewed from this scenic reserve. Mount Ngongotaha is an iconic peak for Ngāti Whakaue (Maori tribes), who believe it was once home to patupaiarehe (fairies) whose voices and flutes can be heard on the foot of the mountain on some days. According to the Maori tribes, the fairies provided Ihenga (grandson of the great Pacific explorer Tamatekapu) with a calabash of water to quench his thirst. Ihenga later combined the words ngongo (to drink) and taha (a calabash) which gave rise to the name Ngongotaha.

28. Hell's Gate

8 km
from city center
28 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

Hell’s Gate, despite its forbidding name, is one of Rotorua’s most popular thermal attractions. The fuming and steaming geysers of Hell's Gates are spread over 50 acres of land. The therapeutic properties of the hot pools’ mud and their renowned sulphur spa treatments are a major tourist attraction for people around the country. Hell’s Gate has a significant place in Maori history and is also the site for many Maori legends.

29. Redwood Treewalk

0 km
from city center
29 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

A range of diverse forests, the Whakarewarewa forest, also known as the Redwoods Forest in Rotorua is one of the leading natural treasures that offer a variety of recreational opportunities, panoramic views and exotic species. It is located only 5 minutes away from Downtown Rotorua and is an award-winning attraction. So if you’re waiting for an outing in one of nature’s best creations, then this 55,000-hectare forest awaits you.

30. Lake Tarawera

13 km
from city center
30 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

Known as ‘Burnt Spear’, Lake Tarawera is one of the largest lakes in New Zealand. Before the volcanic eruption of Mt. Tarawera in the late 19th century, it used to be a home to several Maori settlements and villages. The place spreading over some 39 square kilometers has no entry fees as such and is really scenic too. The lake is a product of volcanic activity of Tarawera Volcanic Zone and has a high content of sulphur which gives it an exotic yellowish green hue.

31. Mitai Maori Village

33 km
from city center
31 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

Mitai Maori Village in Rotorua, New Zealand is a way in to the Maori culture here with an evening of cultural events and historical highlights. From warriors in traditional attires on ancient canoes to the traditional Poi dance and from dining on the delicious ‘Hangi’ lifted from the ground to the display of Maori art and history, the Mitai Maori Village Experience is an event to attend if you want to experience the beauty of Maori culture.

32. Maori Villages in Rotorua

33 km
from city center
32 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

Immersed in a cultural history like no other, the Maori Villages form an integral part of Rotorua, along with several other areas of New Zealand. The extraordinary practices, habits, and lifestyles of these tribes offer a refreshing experience to the tourists who wish to look closely into the lives of these people. From wonderful cultural performances to unique geographical structures to people who are tattoo experts, once you enter into the Maori villages, you get to take a glance of a life that we are not used to seeing every day. There are primarily four Maori Villages at this point of time – Whakarewarewa, Mitai, Tamaki, and Te Puia.

33. Waikato River

57 km
from city center
33 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

Flowing in all its glory for four hundred and twenty-five kilometers, the Waikato River has bagged the title of the longest river in New Zealand. Its journey begins in the central part of the North Island, from the eastern slopes of Mount Ruapehu, from which it flows through the largest lake of New Zealand, Lake Taupo while joining the Tongariro River System. It then goes on to descend into the depths of the magnificent Huka Falls before cutting through the Waikato Plains before running past nine hydroelectric power stations, and finally emptying itself in the vast Tasman Sea at Port Waikato.

34. Mountain Biking in Rotorua

0 km
from city center
34 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

There is something about taking trips to new places that contradicts itself. People often look for an escape from the hustle bustle of their daily lives, to find a spot that will take them away from the grinding reality for a while. At the same time, however, they look for a place that will distract them from the humdrum of their monotonous routine, the same old machine-like activities that take the majority of their days up.

35. Redwoods Forest

8,482 km
from city center
35 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

A range of diverse forests, the Whakarewarewa forest, also known as the Redwoods Forest in Rotorua is one of the leading natural treasures that offer a variety of recreational opportunities, panoramic views and exotic species. It is located only 5 minutes away from Downtown Rotorua and is an award-winning attraction. So if you’re waiting for an outing in one of nature’s best creations, then this 55,000-hectare forest awaits you.

36. Eat Streat

1 km
from city center
36 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

When we talk about a food paradise, we let our imagination spread wings, and picture every sort of food there is, at one single place. However, did you know that such a place is actually present? No, this is not a drill. Eat Streat, in Rotorua, is one of the most amazing food hotspots in New Zealand. With cozy cafes, quality restaurants, and lively bars, this place is a must-visit while you are out to explore this country. Flung at the lake end of Tutanekai Street, this place receives a large number of food connoisseurs all through the year.

37. Wai-O-Tapu

8,504 km
from city center
37 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

The geothermal wonderland, Wai-O-Tapu is one of the most fascinating sculptures created by years of volcanic activity. It is most likely the only place that perfectly showcases New Zealand’s geothermal topography. Filled with sulphur mud baths, geysers and brightly coloured pools, this place has one of the highest geothermal ratings in the world. So, for those who are deeply interested in seeing geothermal activity, this is just the right place for you.

38. Rotorua Night Market

2 km
from city center
38 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

Held at the heart of Tutanekai Street, Rotorua Night Market comes to life once every week and brings with it a platform where local artists can showcase their talents with a plethora of handmade art and crafts, among other things. This market spreads its wings when Tutanekai Street is closed off from Haupapa to Hinemoa Street for one night and is transformed into a lively place with vibrant LED lights, innumerable stalls, and live entertainment.

39. Waimangu Volcanic Valley

8,496 km
from city center
39 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

Waimangu Volcanic Valley, one of the youngest geothermal hot springs is New Zealand is now becoming one of the common tourist attractions in the country. One can enjoy themselves with a range of self-guided tours among volcanic craters, hot springs and wildlife. This attraction represents the volcanic eruption of Mt. Tarawera and how it affected the people as well as the landscape of this area.

40. Tamaki Maori Village

1 km
from city center
40 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

An award winning experience by the banks of the Lake Rotorua, Tamaki Maori Village is a peek into New Zealand's tribal facets. The village is approximately 3 hours drive from Rotorua and offers you a chance to dive into the Maori history and be a part of their culture and traditions. The village was an initiative by 2 Kiwi cowboys - Doug and Mike Tamaki. Back in 1989, they came up with the idea of telling a story of the Maori culture and traditions. Today, Tamaki Maori village has become a gathering place of all the Maori families who wants to come and share their culture and spread the knowledge.

41. Skyline Rotorua

0 km
from city center
41 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

An ideal way to spend an entire day in Rotorua, the Skyline Rotorua is a cornucopia of adventure and gourmet experiences . The best part is that it is suitable for people of all ages. The views of this area of New Zealand from the Skyline Rotorua are simply majestic and stimulating.

42. Whakarewarewa

8,482 km
from city center
42 out of 46
places to visit in Rotorua

Located in the geothermal region of Rotorua, New Zealand Whakarewarewa takes pride in being known as the only Living Māori Village of the country. This village is home to the Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao people who have continued to host visitors on their land for over two centuries, with fun filled activities like the cultural experience which includes performances of Poi and Haka dancing, the geothermal hangi experience and the hangi pie experience. It is also a popular destination point here in Rotorua because of the hot springs and geyser vents located in the valley, where the most active ones are present in the Geyser Flat area.

FAQs on Rotorua

How can I commute within Rotorua?

Regular publici buses is the most common medium of commuting in Rotorua. The entire city is criss crossed by a total of 11 routes where the outermost route is Ngongotaha to the north-west, then Hemo Road to the south, and towards the east is the airport. These routes cover most of the cities and run every half an hour from Monday to Friday. On the weekends, they run every one hour. Every route has a different timing and there is no public holiday.
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What are the top sightseeing places in Rotorua?

The top sightseeing places in Rotorua are Orakei Korako, Blue Baths Pool, Kerosene Creek, Paradise Valley Springs, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Mount Tarawera.

What are the top activities in Rotorua?

The top activities in Rotorua are Hobbiton Movie Set Guided Tour, Waitomo Glowworm Caves Tour, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland , Ruakuri Black Water Rafting - Black Labyrinth, Agrodome Farm Show and Tour Tickets in Rotorua, Mitai Maori Village Evening Tour.
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