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Rotorua is a tourist mecca and a must visit destination during a trip to New Zealand. Spring runs from 1st September through to 30th November and is the perfect time to visit, with a mild climate, and prior to our busy summer season.
Spring time in New Zealand sees newborn lambs and calves in the fields, blossoms on the trees, and a change in weather to provide longer days, and a more mild climate after winter.
The average spring time temperature in Rotorua is;
Daily high from 16-20°C (61-68°F)
Overnight low from 5-8°C (41-46°F)
We have compiled a list of the top 5 things to do in Rotorua during your Spring Visit;
1. Pat a Lion cub
Each spring time in Rotorua at Paradise Valley Springs there is the pitter patter of little lion feet! The park breed lion cubs, and they are available for patting by visitors to the park. You can also see the Lion Pride and watch them being fed daily at 2.30pm. The park also offers a wide range of other animals, with many baby animals arriving in Spring time. The park is perfect for young and old visitors, and the children will love it!
2. Swing through the trees with Rotorua Canopy Tours
The forest is looking its best in spring time with bright new foliage appearing. Gain an understanding of the New Zealand forest ecosystem, and the importance of conservation in protecting our native species, while zipping your way through the untouched forest canopy.
3. Warm up on a cool spring evening at Polynesian Spa
The evening temperature in Rotorua during Spring is often cool, and what better way to warm up than a soak in hot mineral waters pumped straight from the ground. Polynesian Spa’s central location also makes access easy from local accommodation providers, and being open until 11pm means you can fit it into almost any itinerary.
4. Visit the gardens in bloom
Rotorua is famous for its well kept gardens, stunning colours, and creative plantings. Visit Kuirau Park where daffodils will be blooming surrounding bubbling mud pools, and soak your feet in a thermal foot bath. On a Saturday morning in Kuirau park you will also find a local market, selling fresh produce and local arts and crafts. Government Gardens is another free to visit public park, with amazing scenery, and home to our most photographed building, The Rotorua Museum.
5. See a baby kiwi hatch
Spring marks the start of the hatching season for kiwi, and there is no better place to see it in Rotorua than at the Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs. Last hatching season 118 kiwi eggs hatched successfully, and this spring they are hoping to have more. You can upgrade your Rainbow Springs experience with an extra $10 for a behind the scenes kiwi encounter tour, with all proceeds help save more kiwi.
Here at Rotorua Canopy Tours we think that Rotorua is a pretty awesome place to visit during Spring time - with plenty of things to do, stunning scenery, and new life including lion cubs and our national icon, the kiwi.