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Rotorua’s outdoor activities, geothermal landscape and innovative tourist attractions make it the perfect NZ destination for your Summer holiday. Spectacular geysers, mysterious forests and invigorating luge rides make Rotorua a special part of the world.
There’s so much to see and do in Rotorua, it’s often overwhelming choosing what to include on your trip. We’ve complied a few of the best activities best suited for this year’s Summer vacation.
Cycling & Mountain Biking
How many places in the world do you get to bike through geothermal plains with steam vents, bubbling mud pools and spectacular geysers? Not many!
Rotorua has many mountain biking trails and cycle paths to make full use of the beautiful New Zealand outdoors.
A popular cycle trail is Te Ara Ahi – Thermal by Bike, an initiative of The New Zealand Cycle Trail. The first part of the trail which is a grade 2 (easy difficulty) is perfect for those looking for a short biking fix. You’ll cycle through the heart of Rotorua’s CBD, past Sulphur Bay and into Whakarewarewa Forest. For those wanting the full experience, the 48km total track extends through additional geothermal areas passing by Lake Okaro, Kerosene Creek and Wai-O-Tapu, finishing at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools.
See the trail map here for more details.
Te Puia – Cultural and Geothermal Experience
Te Puia is New Zealand’s home of Maori culture and geothermal activity with the spectacular Pohutu geyser.
Inside this geothermal wonderland you’ll be guided past bubbling mud and boiling water pools and stop to marvel at the Pohutu geyser. Pohutu is the largest active geyser in in the Southern hemisphere, erupting up to two times per hour and reaching 30 metres in height.
In addition to the geothermal activity, Te Puia showcases the spectacular Maori culture including cultural shows, basket weaving and live carving. There is also a large new café overlooking the Pohutu geyser, so you can spend a whole day exploring everything Te Puia has to offer and immerse yourself in this amazing cultural experience.
Te Puia is a 5-minute walk from Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park. For more information and to book online visit Te Puia’s website.
Rotorua Skyline Luging
One of two Skyline attractions in New Zealand, Rotorua’s version is home to a truly unique experience with breath-taking views and the world-famous luge.
After taking the Gondola up Mount Ngongataha you’ll need to get fitted with a helmet, take a happy snap at the ‘Rotovegas’ sign and then you’re all set for some high-speed, real life ‘Mario Kart’ luging competition. Race friends & family back down the mountain, twisting and turning through native NZ flora.
Check out Skyline Rotorua’s website for more information about the range of activities at Skyline.
Where to Stay
Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park is perfectly located for all Rotorua has to offer. It’s the closest holiday park to visit Te Puia and to hit the cycle trails. Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park has a range of accommodation catering for those camping, cycling through, families, groups & backpackers.
Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park also have their very own set of mineral hot pools, perfect for soaking after a long day exploring. A newly installed swimming pool is also accessible for guests.