Rotorua is a mecca for tourists to explore Maori culture, geothermal marvels and action-packed adventure activities for the adrenaline seekers.
Here we highlight our picks that should not be missed when visiting Rotorua:
Agroventures Adventure Park:
Rotorua offers a magical high for thrill seekers with something available for every skill and fitness level. Conquer fears and discover new limits by launching into 6 various adventure activities at the ultimate adventure hub. The Freestyle Airbag allows mountain bike riders the opportunity to throw down tricks and spins before landing on a specifically designed airbag. There are 3 ramps available for various skill levels and provide a great opportunity for aspiring mountain bike enthusiasts. Other options include a fast-paced jet boat race with Agrojet, Bungy jumping from a 43-metre-high platform or ‘Swooping’ through the air at speeds up to 230 kilometres per hour.
Waimangu Volcanic Valley:
If you are looking to explore natural geothermal activity, then a visit to Rotorua and Waimangu Volcanic Valley should be at the top of your itinerary. Enjoy spectacular walking trails that meander along the world’s youngest geothermal system. Only a short drive south from Rotorua, Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers the perfect place to spend a few hours in peaceful surrounds and a protected scenic reserve. Admire the unique geothermal ecology of the area with its volcanic craters and steaming lakes. Then finish of your visit with a coffee or bite to eat from the on-site café.
Tamaki Maori Village:
Enjoy an evening of Maori culture & traditional food that you won’t find anywhere else. This unique experience allows you to travel back in time to meet the tribal people of the area and enjoy the ceremonial rituals, song and dance of the Maori people. Learn the ancient Haka war dance and the traditional poi dance before sitting down to a traditional Hangi feast cooked underground like the generations before.
Rotorua lays claim to some of the best mountain biking trails in the world and these can be found in Whakarewarewa Forest. Hidden throughout the forest is more than 160km of single track trails suitable for all skill levels. Maps of all the trails can be found at the Redwoods Information Centre and bikes can rented from various places throughout Rotorua.
A visit to Rotorua is sure to heighten your cultural experiences of an age gone by, be mesmerised by the geothermal wonders and feel the rush from all the adrenaline rushing activities that will leave you wanting to come back for more.
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