20 Activities to Keep You Busy in Rotorua
Rotorua is well known for it's geothermal wonders and adrenaline-pumping activities, but did you know it's also a haven for mountain biking? Check out some of our top activity picks.
Kuirau Park - a minute's walk from YHA Rotorua, this park in the middle of town has steam vents, bubbling mud pools, and even hot pools to soak your feet in, all for free!
Sulphur Point - an easy walk from Government Gardens, this bird sanctuary is also a great place to observe sulphur vents right on the lake's edge.
Te Puia - home of the famous Pohutu Geyser and center for Maori cultural experiences. Check out the YHA member discount!
Waimangu Volcanic Valley - walk through the valley for a variety of different geothermal features. 10% off self-guided walks for YHA members.
Wai O Tapu - A large geyser named Lady Knox lives here, as well as the well-photographed Champagne Pool. YHA guest discounts available when you book at YHA Rotorua.
Kerosene Creek and "Secret Spot" - each around 20 minutes drive from town, these are free natural hot water springs you can soak in. Ask our team to point you in the right direction!
Polynesian Spa - One of the top 10 spas in the world, this is the ultimate relaxation spot complete with lakeside views.
Hell's Gate - One part geothermal park, one part hot springs and mud baths. Sound good to us!
Maori Culture Experiences
Tamaki Maori Village - Discover Maori art, traditions, rituals, and food. Book at YHA reception for a special rate!
Te Puia - Learn about Maori art, architecture, food, and culture. Check out the YHA member discount.
Mitai Maori Village - You guessed it! YHA guests get a discount when booking at our reception.
Walking and Mountain Biking
Whakarewarewa Redwoods Forest - full of excellent walking and MTB trails and accessible by bike from YHA Rotorua.
Skyline Gravity Bike Park - take the Gondola to the top, enjoy a downhill mountain bike run, rinse and repeat!
Tarawera Trail - a 15km walking track around Lake Tarawera towards Hot Water Beach
Lakes and Watersports
Rafting - There are heaps of local rafting companies to choose from, offering a variety of grades depending on your adrenaline tolerance!
Boating - With 20 lakes to choose from, boaties, jetskiiers, biscuiters and the like can get their kicks. Trout fishing is also a popular past-time.
Paddling - Kayak and paddle board rental can help you enjoy the lakes sans motor.
Canopy Tours - this is not your average ziplining experience! Learn about their conservation efforts under the canopy of native New Zealand forest, then challenge your fears by soaring above it. Talk to our reception about how you can grab a member discount.
Zorb - jump in a giant inflatable ball (optional: filled with water!) and roll down a hill. Sounds fun! 20% off for YHA members.
Skyline Luge & Gondola - after a scenic gondola ride up the hill, try luging, zipling, or a skyswing to get your pulse racing. Special deals at YHA reception.
Velocity Valley - try free-fall machines, jet-boating, bungy, swoop and more! YHA member discount available.
Off Road NZ - Karting and 4WD adventure activities. 10% off for YHA members.
Book all of these and more through our reception at YHA Rotorua!
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