Recent Searches
Clear
When are you traveling?
Select Dates
Price
$0
$500+
Duration
Time of Day
RatingClear
Specials

COVID-19: Check local travel restrictions and learn what we're doing to help keep you safe and your plans flexible. Learn more.

Read More

How to Spend 2 Days in Rotorua

How to Spend 2 Days in Rotorua

Two days in Rotorua is ample time to expand your reach to a multitude of natural and cultural attractions around the New Zealand city. Get a lay of the land in a variety of ways, from relaxing strolls alongside gurgling hot pools to sky-high adventures over a stunning geothermal landscape. Here’s how to make the most of a 2-day stay.

Day 1: Exploring Around Town

**Morning:**Discover the features that make Rotorua famous while city sightseeing with a guide who points out historical landmarks. Then head past town borders to the boiling mud pools and geysers of the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve. After your on-the-ground introduction, ride the Skyline Rotorua Gondola for panoramic views.

**Afternoon:**Kids love observing the wildlife at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, which includes the Kiwi Encounter and a water ride on the Big Splash. Alternatively, take part in farm life at the Rotorua Agrodome. A visit to the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute lets you watch your steam lunch being cooked the traditional way.

**Night:**Spend the evening digging into ahangi (pit-oven–cooked) feast, served buffet-style at amarae (traditional Maori meeting grounds). Take the family to watch a cultural performance that starts with a welcome ceremony and leads to spirited singing andhaka war dances—a great way to learn about the indigenous people of Aotearoa/New Zealand. 

Day 2: Aerial and Aquatic Adventures

**Morning:**A duck tour provides informative narration on city landmarks, including the Blue Baths building located in the Government Gardens, followed by a splash into Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) and Lake Okareka. For something a little more exciting, zip around Lake Rotorua on an exhilarating jet-boat ride.

**Afternoon:**See the stunning Lakes District from the air and snap pics of clear and colorful waterways, including Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) and Lake Rotokakahi (Green Lake), during a scenic float-plane ride. View Mt. Tarawera, the Steaming Cliffs, and the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. The water take-off and landing can’t be beat!

**Night:**Finally, it’s time to relax. Visit Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland if you want to see more bubbling pools and gushing geysers, or simply soak in one of the many thermal spas. Another alternative for weary travelers is the Polynesian Spa, with a variety of developed mineral pools—both public and private.

Read More
Select Dates
Today
Tomorrow
Free Cancellation:Get a full refund up to 24 hours in advance on most experiences.See Details

3 Tours and Activities | All Rotorua Tours

Sort by:Featured
Mt. Tarawera Volcano Scenic Floatplane Tour from Rotorua

Mt. Tarawera Volcano Scenic Floatplane Tour from Rotorua

star-4.5
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.
More
  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$202.00
From
$202.00
Taking safety measures

Rotorua Duck Boat Guided City and Lakes Tour

Rotorua Duck Boat Guided City and Lakes Tour

star-5
Discover Rotorua on a 1.5-hour duck tour. This sightseeing adventure takes you aboard a World War II amphibious vehicle — able to travel on land and water. Start with a city tour past Government Gardens, the Blue Baths and more before splashing down into Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) and Lake Okareka. Enjoy family fun along the way with a provided duck caller, and listen to live commentary about Rotorua’s history and local landmarks.
More
  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
$53.60
From
$53.60

Combo Day Tour Rotorua: Wai-O-Tapu, Lady Knox Geyser, Champagne Lake, Polynesian

Combo Day Tour Rotorua: Wai-O-Tapu, Lady Knox Geyser, Champagne Lake, Polynesian

star-5
Some of New Zealand’s most impressive natural sights are just a short drive out of Rotorua, but navigating the back-roads of the Bay of Plenty can be difficult for the unfamiliar. On this day trip to the Lady Knox Geyser and Wai-O-Tapu, two of the most popular and active geothermal zones in New Zealand, your guide will drive you. Visit Lady Knox, Wai-O-Tapu, and the relaxing Polynesian Spa hot pools all in one day.
More
  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$133.40
From
$133.40
Taking safety measures