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Take it from a local; there’s so much to see & do in Rotorua – especially during the summer months. Here are our top 3 favourite summer activities.
Take a hike!
Home to incredible forests, towering Redwood trees and mountains steeped in Maori myths and legends, summer offers the perfect time to go hiking. There are plenty of places to choose from – the Tarawera Trail is epic, as is the Blue Lake Track. For something really special, hike up mighty Mount Tarawera, standing sentinel over the Bay of Plenty. The views along are incredible – on a clear day, you can see all the way out to White Island.
Make it happen: The Department of Conservation website has awesome information on Rotorua hiking trails. For Mount Tarawera, Kaitiaki offers two daily guided hike departures during the summer months – find out more here.
Hit the white water
Did you know that Rotorua is home to some awesome white water rafting action? It’s an awesome way to cool off in the middle of a hot day. On the Kaituna River, you’ll plunge the world’s highest commercially raftable waterfall – it’s 7m high! In addition, you’ll glide through lush, forested canyons and experience huge gorges. Surrounded by cicadas and the call of birdsong, this is a magical adventure to enjoy during the summer months.
Make it happen: Kaitiaki Adventures offers rafting departures 7 days a week on the Kaituna River – find out more here.
Conquer the trails
Rotorua’s world-famous mountain biking trails, that is! There’s over 90km of world-famous mountain biking trails here, catering for everyone from beginner to expert. Head to the Whakarewarewa Forest, where there’s free access tracks built by mountain bikers, for mountain bikers. There’s also a heap of MTB hire options on offer and shuttle services to transfer bikes to downhill tracks. Ride through lush forests and past towering Redwood trees – Red Bull has rated this place the best in the Southern Hemisphere for good reason!
Make it happen: Make a plan to ride the Whakarewarewa Forest tracks with the information on offer here.
Summer is magical in Rotorua. Inspired? Chat to Kaitiaki about booking your Mount Tarawera hike or rafting adventure, and make the most of our summer activity suggestions above. Enjoy!