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How to Spend 1 Day in Rotorua

How to Spend 1 Day in Rotorua

Rotorua and its surroundings have something for everyone, from geothermal wonders and luxurious mud baths to Maori cultural experiences and adrenaline-fueled activities. This remarkable area on New Zealand’s North Island is the place to head for natural beauty, adventure, and relaxation—or all three. Here’s how to maximize one day there.

Morning: Sightsee with a Guide

Begin your 24 hours in Rotorua with a half-day sightseeing tour—a perfect introduction to all the top sights. Visit the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley and witness the powerful eruption of Pohutu, the largest active geyser in the Southern Hemisphere. Discover sheep shearing at the Agrodome, and top if all off with a ride on the Rotorua Skyline Gondola. If that’s all too much to pack in, choose between an amphibious duck tour on land and lakes, or take a jet-boat ride that zips you at high-speed around Lake Rotorua. All guided tour options include informative narration on points of interest.

Afternoon: Explore Geothermal Activity

Head to Kuirau Park—New Zealand’s only geothermal public park—located in the city center, where a crater lake and steamy (and free) foot baths await. For a different experience, gain admission to the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and wait for Lady Knox geyser to erupt while you explore the pathways or visitor center. An alternative plan drops you off by jet boat at Orakei Korako to stroll the geyser fields of the geothermal park. For the ultimate adventure, soar over the Waimangu Volcanic Valley aboard a seaplane. The scenic views of Mt. Tarawera and the Blue and Green Lakes will astound you.

Night: Experience Maori Culture or Glowworm Caves

Spend the evening at Te Puia cultural center. Here you are immersed in Maori culture during an exhilarating performance in amarae (traditional meeting grounds), and are welcomed to ahangi feast, cooked in a pit oven. Guided excursions usually offer convenient pickup from centrally located Rotorua hotels. If you’d rather go farther afield, check out the glowworm caves located at the edge of Lake Rotoiti: ride a boat or paddle in a kayak to a series of hot spring pools at the lake’s edge. Bring a bathing suit and soak under the stars. 

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Lake Rotoiti Evening Kayak Tour including Hot Springs, Glowworm Caves and BBQ Dinner

Lake Rotoiti Evening Kayak Tour including Hot Springs, Glowworm Caves and BBQ Dinner

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Spend a magical evening kayaking on Lake Rotoiti, where you visit glowworm caves and have plenty of time to soak in natural hot springs before a barbecue picnic dinner. Paddle with an expert guide into lakeside caves only accessed by boat to see glowworms and crayfish, then revel in the sunset reflected on the tranquil waters. Instruction, equipment and round-trip hotel transport from Rotorua are all included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Mt. Tarawera Volcano Scenic Floatplane Tour from Rotorua

Mt. Tarawera Volcano Scenic Floatplane Tour from Rotorua

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Soar above the otherworldly volcanic landscapes of Mt. Tarawera on seaplane flight from Rotorua. The expert pilot-guide navigates over the Steaming Cliffs and the Waimangu Volcanic Valley, then returns via the Blue and Green Lakes and the bubbling geysers of Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve. Experience the thrill of a water take-off and landing on Rotorua Lake, with a convenient hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$202.00
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Rotorua Small Group Morning Tour Waimangu and Wai O Tapu

Rotorua Small Group Morning Tour Waimangu and Wai O Tapu

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See the awe-inspiring Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland on a half-day tour, led by a knowledgeable guide. Follow a well-marked path alongside bubbling hot springs and volcanic craters at Rotorua’s most comprehensive geothermal site. Hear a morning presentation about the Lady Knox Geyser and observe the daily eruption before a short drive through the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Numbers are limited to 12 people, providing a more personalized experience with a small group.
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  • 5 hours
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