What To Do In Rotorua – Relaxing Water Activities

Part of a series on fantastic activities to do in Rotorua.

If you are thinking about what to do in Rotorua on your next holiday then you’ll be amazed at the huge array of activities and events that are available.  To highlight some of the key tourist attractions in Rotorua we have compiled a list of activities and attractions that we think you should visit with the titles of adventure, kids, history, water, and cultural.  In this article we will discuss some fantastic relaxing experiences you can have both out on and in the water.

The Lakeland Queen Paddle Steamer

Rotorua’s traditional paddle steamer, The Lakeland Queen provides the most romantic way to experience the stunning views of beautiful Lake Rotorua with a cruise.  This gorgeous boat has been modelled from Mississippi river boats but purpose built locally for Lake Rotorua.  It is an ideal venue if you’re looking for something unique as it is the only genuine stern-wheel paddle driven vessel in New Zealand.

The Lakeland Queen offers spectacular views, two spacious and safe dining decks and expansive outdoor observation decks.  They also have a fully equipped kitchen and two licensed bars.  On your cruise you will take in the unforgettable sights of Lake Rotorua while dining on breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Tiua – Lake Rotoiti

If sailing is your thing, then check out our Pure Cruise eco-sailing packages.  Spend a relaxing day sailing on picturesque Lake Rotoiti in ‘Tiua’ a 53-foot luxury catamaran.  Brought over to New Zealand from the Caribbean, Tiua has been enhanced and transformed into a stunning vessel complete with a saloon, lounge, fully licensed bar and three guest bathrooms.  On your cruise you can try your luck at catching a trophy sized trout, swim from the boat, or relax on the deck and take in the stunning scenery. 

Your cruise includes a delicious soak at the Manupirua Hot Springs, a beautiful geothermal lake-edge spa that is only accessible by boat and has stunning views over the lake.

Polynesian Spa

Polynesian Spa is a great place to come and have a relaxing soak after a day of sightseeing and activities.  It is one of New Zealand’s oldest spas and is recognised as one of the world’s top ten spas by the United Kingdom’s Conde Nast Traveller Magazine.

For adults, relax and unwind in your choice of three cascading, marble-lined pools, featuring alkaline water which has rejuvenating skin properties from a special spring. You can also choose to soak in a large deeper alkaline pool.  Or choose from the three Priest Spa pools overlooking Lake Rotorua, offering special thermal bathing in acidic water from the Radium hot spring, long renowned for its therapeutic properties.

The Family Spa includes a large freshwater chlorinated pool with a toddler’s section and a small hydro slide for a splashing good time.  Two hot mineral thermal pools overlook the large freshwater pool where families can relax while supervising their children.


So there you have three fantastic relaxing options for your Rotorua holiday. To make your trip even easier to plan, check out Rotorua Super Passes.  They offer a one stop shop to see the best Rotorua tourist attractions, including all activities mentioned in this article. The passes can be used for sightseeing in one day or for tours over several days.

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