Rotorua winter activities

The Rotorua region is one of New Zealand’s premier tourism hubs and as such offers plenty of activities that can be enjoyed year-round.

If you are intending to make Rotorua a destination during the winter months we recommend that you consider the following options when planning your visit.

Operating year round Rotorua Duck Tours is a great way to explore the local landscape. They offer the best tour of Rotorua on board amphibious landing crafts. Driven by your tour ‘Conducktor’, Rotorua Duck Tours will take you from central Rotorua to a selection of local lakes, where you can lean the history and experience the beauty of the area. Suitable for all ages and weather conditions, Rotorua Duck Tours is a great activity that all ages can enjoy.

One of the many characteristics of the Whakarewarewa Forest that makes it a world class mountain biking destination is that it is rideable year-round. Over 100km trails provides the opportunity to spend anything from a couple of hours to a week exploring. Bike hire (and maps) are available onsite from either Mountain Bike Rotorua or Planet Bike and the helpful staff can help you pick the right trails based on your skill level and time available.

Centrally located in the historic Bath House building in the Rotorua Government Gardens, the Rotorua Museum is sure to keep you entertained and engaged for hours. Many of the fascinating stories of this unique area are brought to life through stunning exhibitions, art galleries, cinema experiences and guided tours. The Museum is a great wet weather activity and suitable for all ages. During your visit you might like to also take advantage of the onsite cafe.

Whether you are looking for a spa treatment, or just want to soak in a geothermally heated pool, Polynesian Spa is the perfect place to relax and unwind. The Polynesian Spa complex has a variety of bathing options to suit all ages and budgets. There is no need to book if you would just like to enjoy the geothermal hot pools, but if you would like a massage or spa treatment make sure you book before arriving in Rotorua to avoid disappointment.

Finish your winter’s day with a nice, hot meal at Rotorua’s famous Maori Cultural experience, Tamaki Maori Village. A coach will pick you up from your accommodation and take you to the  Maori Village, on the way you learn of Maori migration, protocols when entering. On arrival you will experience a traditional welcoming ceremony, followed by the chance to visit the traditional village, take in the performance and enjoy your Hangi meal, which is steam-cooked beneath the ground.

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