Five fun things to do in Rotorua

Famous for Māori culture, bubbling mud and adventure, there’s plenty of other enjoyment to be had in Rotorua, too.


Kayak to the Manupirua Hot Pools on Lake Rotoiti. © RotoruaNZ

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Things to do

Tāne Mahuta: lord of the forest

Stand at the feet of a giant, Lord of the Forest, in Waipōua Forest. Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

Waitangi Treaty Grounds and the Museum of Waitangi

Waitangi has a perfect mix of experiences – you can drown yourself in the historical aspects, and you can wow yourself with the amazing view. Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Mauao Mount Maunganui: the view worth the climb

Savour the view from the summit or revel in the glorious beaches around the base track of this sacred maunga. Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

The Redwoods: 5500 hectares of glorious trees

Breathe in the fresh woody air of Whakarewarewa Forest as you explore the biking, walking or horse-riding trails or traverse the canopy of these mighty Californian coastal redwood trees. Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

Chateau Tongariro: style and grandeur at the foot of Ruapehu

Tip your hat to architect Herbert Hall of Tīmaru who harnessed the iconic, neo-Georgian style and grandeur of European mountain chateaus at the foot of Ruapehu. Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Hawke’s Bay Wine Trails

In the Hawke’s Bay wineries seem to loom up at every beautiful turn: glimpsed behind ancient stone gateposts, or boldly front and centre, architecturally announcing their vinous delights.  Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Matakana Coast: markets, beaches and vineyards

Immerse yourself in a heady mix of arts, artisanal markets, boutique vineyards, olive groves, beautiful beaches and endless rolling hills. Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Hot Water Beach: BYO spade

Just beneath the surface of the sand is a delicious, natural underground river that brings hot water to the beach almost on tap, so to speak. Read the story . . . 

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New Chums Beach: idyllic sandy seclusion

Walk through native nīkau and pōhutukawa to idyllic, sandy seclusion.  Read the story . . . 

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Must-Do's

Len Lye Centre: a remarkable building for a remarkable artist

Celebrate Modernist filmmaker, sculptor, painter and poet Len Lye in this striking single-artist gallery in New Plymouth's art and cultural precinct. Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

New Plymouth's Coastal Walkway

The Coastal Walkway is a 12km journey to add to your own journey, a promenade par excellence that hugs the sea and grabs your senses all way along the New Plymouth coastline. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Driving Creek Railway: a unique railway experience

Zig zag through lush native bush on New Zealand's only narrow-gauge railway. Read the story . . . 

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Events and festivals

WOMAD: a world of music, art and dance

New Plymouth has hosted WOMAD since 2005. And, to use a quaint and formal term, it goes off.  Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Karangahake Gorge: walk or ride a stunning trail

Follow the course of the Ōhinemuri River and walk or ride through jurassic-looking, bush-clad trails at the heart of the Coromandel's gold-mining history. Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Ōhope Beach: for any beach-related activity you can think of

Jump waves, body surf or swim, then dig your toes into the sand for tuatua on this long golden-sand stretch of loveliness.  Read the story . . . 

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