Play on the Lakes
With water temperatures on the rise, it’s the perfect time to get out on the water. Whether you are a keen skier, wakeboarder or just enjoy a day out on the boat, spring is an amazing time to launch into Rotorua’s spectacular lakes. It also coincides with the start of Rotorua’s Trout season. From October 1st Lakes Rotoiti, Okataina, Tarawera and Rotorua are open for business. Be sure to check out our local fishing guides and charters and land yourself a trophy fish this spring.
Raging Rapids and the World's Highest Drop
The Kaituna River is famous. Not just because of its amazing trout fishing, nor because it’s the warmest river in New Zealand. It’s famous because it offers some of the best white water rafting and kayaking on the planet. It even boasts the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world!
Kaituna Cascades and Rotorua Rafting are great rafting companies plying their trade on the river. With top notch safety standards and experienced guides, charge your way down the Kaituna’s grade 5 white-water with confidence this spring. It’s the bonding experience of a lifetime and rafting over the 7m Tutea Falls is an achievement that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
For a unique experience, conquer the Kaituna rapids in a tandem kayak. Assisted by a seasoned professional, Kaituna Kayaks let visitors sit shotgun as you shoot down river. No previous kayaking experience is necessary, but they do offer white water kayaking lessons if you’re especially keen. For a more relaxing Rotorua kayaking experience, River Rats Rafting and Kayaking offer guided tours to Lake Rotoiti’s Manupirua Springs Hot Pools. They will also deliver rental kayaks to a number of other lakes in the region.
Outrigger Adventure’s Adventures of Ihenga is an exciting new Maori infused cultural experience. On board an authentic Maori Waka, retrace the footsteps of ancestral Maori whilst travelling down the picturesque Ohau channel onto the waters of Lake Rotoiti. The stories will take you back through the ages, learning of the great migration of our indigenous people to Aotearoa. You will also see the endangered Weiweia (Dab chick) resting on floating manmade wetlands and witness the lake restoration being completed for Rotorua’s future generations.
Living it up on the Lakeland Queen
The Lakeland Queen provides a unique dining experience on iconic Lake Rotorua, a beautiful lake with its own geothermal features, natural wonders and stunning landscapes. With views that are only accessible by boat, marvel at the mystifying Sulphur Bay and its milky white water, the bird sanctuary of the volcanic rock dome known as Mokoia Island and the reflective views of the city centre. 1 hour cruise options include, breakfast, coffee, lunch or dinner – all on-board this relaxing scenic cruise that is uniquely Rotorua.
Jetboating - A Kiwi Classic
The modern jetboat is a kiwi icon. Invented in the 1950’s by Sir William Hamilton, jetboating has gone on to become synonymous with adventure tourism in New Zealand. Where better to experience the raw power of jet propulsion than Rotorua? Whether you are blasting around Lake Rotorua on the Kawarau Jet, winding your way up the Waikato River full throttle with River Jet or playing navigator around the tricky course at Agroventures with the Agrojet, you are bound to get the heart racing.