Oh! The smell
The first thing to strike your nostrils is the ever present pungent sulphar smell in Rotorua. This is caused by the geothermal activity that permeates the entire city.
Rotoura is a caldron of thermal activity. Surrounded by 18 pristine lakes that were once the epi-center of numerous volcanos, the surrounding earth bubbles and boils with hot mud and steam seeps from cracks in the roads. Visiting one of the thermal parks such as the immense Whakarewarewa is an absolute must-do for any visitor to Rotoura.
Rotoura also has the most vibrant Maori culture of anywhere in New Zealand. The best way to get close to this wonderful friendly cutlure is to experience a Kapa Haka group and try a Hangi (food cooked in the ground). Tamaki Maori Village is perhaps the best experience for that.
There are loads of other activities for all budgets in Rotoura including epic mountain biking, exploring the lake by kayak, paddle board, paddle steamer or luxury catamaran and of course the white water rafting on the nearby Kaituna River is world famous.
White Water Sledging from Rotorua
Experience the 3 hours round trip sledging and having the river on at eye level
No experience necessary, with full trained guides and safety instructions. Get into this great experience and pump up your adrenaline by taking the river on at eye level. Awesome fun guaranteed, enjoy it!
Raft and Sledge Combo from Rotorua
Enjoy rafting and sledging Kaituna river, take on the Kaituna river at eye level.
Combine white water rafting and sledging on the immense Kaituna River with highly qualified guides for your safety. This is an awesome day out of adrenaline.
Mt Tarawera Crater Walk Experience
With a 360 scenic panoramic view and unique landscape the Mt Tarawera Crater walk is one of the best hikes in New Zealand.
Hike over the volcanic crater and learn about both New Zealand's violent volcanic history and rich Maori history.
Kaituna White Water Rafting from Rotorua
Raft & Sledge is the best description for this activity, 14 rapids & 3 waterfalls, fun is guaranteed!
We provide all equipment and transport, all you need is to enjoy this great experience. The trip offer rafting over the 14 rapids and 3 waterfalls. Instructors are well trained and all safety conditions are guaranteed. Book & Enjoy it!
Tamaki Maori Village
A wonderful evening of Maori culture and a traditional Hangi dinner followed by traditional signing and dancing
Experience the purpose built Maori village nestled in the Rotoura forest come alive with sights, sounds & activity of days gone by including haka, poi, tattooing, weaving, carving and arts of warrior training.