Autumn Activities in Rotorua New Zealand

Avoid the crowds and experience the best activities and the beauty of Rotorua during the autumn.

No visit to New Zealand would be complete without experiencing the city of Rotorua. The city's unique mix of geothermal, cultural and adventure attractions make Rotorua a world renowned destination.

Autumn is a great time of year to visit Rotorua and the rest of New Zealand as the cities and countryside is completely transformed by the colourful autumn displays and it is much more pleasant once the busy summer crowds and hot weather has subsided.

Here are just a few of the great activates that can be enjoyed during an autumn visit to Rotorua.


Have an early breakfast and take a leisurely drive 20 minutes south of Rotorua to catch the Lady Knox Geyser. The spectacular natural geothermal display erupts 10-20 metres (30-60 feet) at 10.15am every day at Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland.
When visiting make sure visit the Rainbow Crater and Champagne Pools and attend the presentation from a local knowledgably guide in the natural amphitheatre to learn about the history of the creation of the Waiotapu thermal area.

Following the geothermal wonders head back to Rotorua to experience the thrill of a flying fox canopy tour in New Zealand native forest. Rated one of the best attractions in the country, Rotorua Canopy Tours is an unforgettable 3 hour eco-adventure through the tree tops of ancient native New Zealand forest. Two expert guides will accompany your group deep within a 500 hectare block of Department of Conservation forest where you will experience trail walking, 10 treetop platforms, 6 ziplines (flying fox) and 2 swing bridges offering the perfect mix of adventure and the natural environment.
This is a great activity for the entire family to enjoy as it is exciting and manageable for both young and old.

If a quiet day out on the golf course sounds more like you, then you must visit the Rotorua Golf Club. Visitors are welcomed at one of the most unique golf courses in the country, if not the world. Located in the Whakarewarewa geothermal area the full 18 hole golf course is home to hazards like no other, such as boiling mud pools and hot springs. When you’re not losing golf balls out on the fairways the club also has exceptional licensed clubrooms open for everyone to enjoy.

After a full on day, soak up the tranquillity at Polynesian Spa in one of their hot mineral pools or rejuvenate with one of their luxurious spa therapies. Rated one of the top 10 natural health spas in the world this is an absolute must do. The Acidic and Alkaline waters at Polynesian Spa are renowned for their therapeutic properties and are said to relieve tired muscles, aches and pains, and even arthritis and rheumatism. There is also a large heated family swimming pool and a slide to keep the younger family members entertained while the adults relax.

For the perfect family accommodation in Rotorua look no further than the Golden Glow Motel. This newly refurbished 4 star Rotorua Motel is centrally located, close walking distance to the Rotorua shopping centre, and only a few minutes’ drive to the great autumn attractions mentioned, as well as many more. Their spacious, self-contained family rooms have their own private hot spa pools as well as free wireless internet and off street parking.