A romantic weekend getaway in Rotorua

Looking to create an unforgettable experience with that special someone? Here is the plan for your next romantic weekend getaway in Rotorua.

Day 1

Wake up at your leisure to private views overlooking the lake and have breakfast alfresco while relaxing amongst the native garden and get ready to enjoy the best of what Rotorua has to offer.

For a bit of adventure and a completely unique experience book a guided tour with Rotorua Canopy Tours. They offer a 3 hour adventure which is suitable for all weather situations and combines fun and excitement with pristine natural beauty as you zipline above the untouched native New Zealand forest. This is an experience that you and that special someone will remember it for the rest of your life.

After flying around the forest head down the road to Te Puia for lunch and to view some of Rotorua’s most spectacular geothermal activity. Te Puia is New Zealand’s premier Māori cultural and geothermal attraction located here in the centre of Rotorua. Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley is an inspiring ancient geothermal valley home to over 500 pools and 65 geyser vents. See the steaming vents, boiling mud pools and world famous Pohutu Geyser  erupt up to 30 metres high in to their air. While at Te Puia you can also visit the national carving school and watch Master Carvers and their students at work, you can even discover the nocturnal world of the Kiwi in their specially lit Kiwi House.

Once you have seen Rotorua up close and personal take a 15 minute drive to the top of Mount Ngongotaha to watch the sun go down and enjoy the breath taking panoramic views of the entire Rotorua basin, where you can indulge in an award winning meal at Aorangi Peak Restaurant. There is no other view like the one you will experience here, the restaurant is situated over 2,000 feet high, boasts the highest viewpoint in the district, and is the perfect location for this iconic restaurant. Aorangi Peak’s international award winning chef offers traditional and fusion cuisine. It is also a spectacular wedding venue if planning your special day.

Day 2

Once waking from a much deserved sleep-in privately charter the beautifully resorted Classic Cruises launch. Enjoy a trip across the lake with a picnic brunch before a relaxing dip in the Manupirua mineral hot springs remotely located on the edge of the lake and only accessible by boat.

Classic Cruises delivers an unforgettable experience most would not come across on a typical visit to the area. Learn about the history of the lake, culture of the people and natural wonders Lake Rotoiti has to offer.  Classic Cruises also offers day excursions, trout fishing trips, group bookings as well as romantic escapes and can tailor a cruise to your individual needs incorporating anything from picnics, glow worm caves, swimming, hot pools, and kayaking.

Once returned relaxed and refreshed, try your best to pack your things ready to go home, with plenty of fond memories in tow.