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The Rotorua region has thousands of hectares of native and exotic forest, creating a perfect playground for walkers, hikers, horse riders and mountain bikers. Rotorua also happens to be an aquatic paradise with 18 lakes and a number of rivers, all of which are all only a short drive from the city centre. As well as all the natural beauty there are also many great adventure activities throughout Rotorua from zipline tours through native forest, private fishing tours, luxury sailing charters, white water rafting, and even bungy jumping.
The Rotorua region is built around and surrounded by many easily accessible lakes which offer endless opportunities to enjoy a number of great activities. The crystal clear lake waters are a boater's dream and are perfect for all sorts of watersports especially in the hot summer months.
If you don't have your own boat you can cruise Lake Rotoiti in luxury with Pure Cruise New Zealand or if fishing is more your thing, catch a trophy sized Rainbow Trout with the experienced guides from Classic Cruises.
For those wanting white knuckle adventure try white water rafting the grade 5 Kaituna River, home to the southern hemisphere's highest commercially rafted waterfall. If that sounds like too much you can relax and explore the lake at your own pace by kayak or stand up paddle board, or recover on the edge of the lake at the Rotoiti thermal hot pools.
The Rotorua region also has over 100,000 hectares of native bush and planted forest that is used daily for commercial and recreational purposes. Known to locals as ‘The Redwoods’, the Whakarewarewa Forest is a perfect playground for walkers, hikers, horse riders and mountain bikers with magnificent stands of towering native and exotic trees. Rated as one of the top 10 mountain biking destinations in the world the Redwoods has an unbeatable blend of riding surfaces to cater for all skill and fitness levels. For those on foot, there are plenty of hiking and running trails from short easy circuits to full day hikes.
Located only 10 minutes north of Rotorua, Agroventures Adventure Park offers five exhilarating adrenaline pumping activities. Take a leap of faith on the Rotorua Bungy, swing towards the earth at 130kmph on NZ’s one and only Swoop or sprint around the water circuit on The Agrojet - the fastest jet sprint experience in NZ. Agroventures is also home to the Southern Hemispheres’ only wind tunnel the Freefall Xtreme and the world’s only Shweeb – a human powered monorail racetrack.
Experience a three hour eco-tour in native forest on the outskirts of Rotorua and fly through the trees with New Zealand's only native forest zipline canopy tour.
Canopy Tours will allow you to reconnect with nature and teach you about the conservation and restoration of the natural environment all while being suspended up to 22m above the ancient forest floor.
There are plenty of accommodation options in Rotorua to suit all budgets and group sizes. If you really want to make the most of your visit to Rotorua then the Golden Glow Motel on Fenton Street is a great option. Centrally located only a few minutes walking distance from the Rotorua CBD the Golden Glow Motel offers newly refurbished and affordable self-contained accommodation. Visit the Golden Glow Motel website to find out more.