Destination Rotorua: Winter Warmers

Don’t let these cooler days keep you stuck at home. No matter what the weather, Rotorua is a “must do” when travelling through New Zealand.

The city’s central spot, stunning natural geothermal scenery, and significant maori history are just some of the reasons it is the tourist hub of New Zealand. Rotorua is host to a multitude of world famous attractions and activities that are sure to warm up your winter days and provide an unforgettable kiwi experience.

If you find yourself in this great little city on a cold winter’s day, these are some of our top picks for keeping your fingers and toes warm a while:

Polynesian Spa

  • If the winter blues have hit you get yourself to Polynesian Spa, New Zealand’s leading international spa! Sat right on the edge of Lake Rotorua overlooking Sulphur Bay, Polynesian Spa offers hot mineral bathing as well as a selection of Spa Therapies. The hot, natural geothermal water is renowned for its therapeutic properties, offering relief from tired muscles, aches and pains, arthritis and rheumatism. Warm up and relax in the Adult Pools & Priest Spa, Enjoy the tranquility of a Private Pool, or have fun in the Family Spa.

Rotorua Museum

  • The Rotorua Museum and Rotorua Art Gallery can be found in the historic Bath House building, in the Government Gardens. This beautiful building is not only a magnificent photo opportunity but it is also home to several important collections including treasures of the Arawa people, historic and contemporary artworks, sculpture, ceramics and craft, over 70, 000 images of Rotorua’s rich past, as well as items from European settlers in the area. The Rotorua Museum and Art Gallery regularly feature national and international touring shows and exhibits so be sure to check their calendar.


  • Just 10 minutes from downtown Rotorua you can experience one of Rotorua’s oldest and most popular attractions - The Agrodome Farm Show. This hands on experience is fun for the whole family. See a live sheep shearing demonstration, learn and laugh as you meet their 19 breeds of sheep and be part of the fun sheep auction, see farm dogs put on a show, and even get to feed baby lambs or hand-milk a cow!

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