If your time in Rotorua is limited, you are only going to have time to do the best attractions. Below are a small sample of what we think are some of the best attractions in Rotorua.
Paradise Valley Springs
Paradise Valley Springs is home to a pride of African lions and the only place in New Zealand where you can pat a lion cub. In addition to interacting with the lion cub the other highlight for many visitors is the daily feeding of the lions at 2.30pm. There is also an easy walking, child friendly, farm walk where the kids can get up close to many friendly farm animals such as alpacas, goats, sheep and local bird life.
Skyline Rotorua sits atop Mt Ngongotaha looking down on the city below. Your experience at Skyline Rotorua starts with a gentle 8-minute gondola ride which gives you an opportunity take in the breath-taking views of Lake Rotorua and its stunning surrounds. Once you step out of your gondola you will find a huge array of options including ziplines, a skyswing and the world famous luge. Those looking to relax and take in the views will enjoy the many dining options, including an outstanding buffet restaurant and a tasting room for a local winery.
The award-winning Polynesian Spa is the ultimate in rest and relaxation. The Deluxe Lake Spa is set in the midst of native New Zealand flora and overlooks Lake Rotorua. This area offers tranquil bathing and lake views in four shallow alkaline rock pools (36 – 42 degrees Celsius), one acidic hot mineral pool and one cold plunge pool. The Lake Spa includes all the necessary amenities like lockers, towels and toiletries.
Te Po at Te Puia is your chance to immerse yourself into the Maori culture. Your experience at Te Po starts with the lifting of the hangi (earth-cooked oven meal) followed by a traditional welcome and an exclusive Maori cultural performance. Your dinner is a sumptuous, first-class banquet combining contemporary cuisine and traditional hangi. After your dinner you will experience a journey through a magically illuminated Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley including getting up close to the world famous Pohutu Geyser.
If you think you would like to include these attractions on your visit to Rotorua then take a look at Rotorua Super Passes. They offer all-in-one passes that help you decide which of Rotorua’s many great attractions to include in your visit.