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Though most commonly associated with steaming sulfur pools, bubbling mud baths, and Maori heritage, Rotorua is also an adventure hub. From easygoing activities to extreme, high-adrenaline excursions, here are a few of the outdoor adventures on offer in this geothermal region of New Zealand’s North Island.

Water Activities
Rotorua is a watery playground, with more than a dozen lakes—collectively known as the Lakes of Rotorua—and several rivers within the region. The white-water rapids of the Rangitaiki, Wairoa, and Kaituna Rivers promise plenty of thrills for rafters. The truly brave can even take the plunge over the 21-foot (7-meter) Tutea Falls in a raft. Alternatively, take an exhilarating spin on a jet boat through the Waikato River’s Tutukau Gorge, or speed across Lake Rotorua to Mokoia Island, a wildlife sanctuary. For gentler water-based adventures, try kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, or even a steamboat cruise.

Cave Exploring 
Just a short journey west of Rotorua lies Waitomo, an area known for its network of underground caves, some of which are accessible to the public. Tour Ruakuri Cave to encounter strange limestone formations and subterranean waterfalls, or Aranui Cave, where thousands of stalactites hang from the ceiling. Don’t miss the Glowworm Caves, where thousands of glowworms twinkle like stars in the dark cavern. 

High-Flying Fun
Zipline along cables suspended above the forest canopy, or take to the skies above Lake Rotorua during a parasailing experience that sees you reach heights of up to 400 feet (120 meters). For the ultimate aerial thrill, try a tandem skydive from 15,000 feet (4,572 meters), free-falling for up to 60 seconds before releasing the parachute and floating down to the ground. 

Land Adventures
For adrenaline-fueled thrills at ground-level, Rotorua offers plenty of options. Go off-road during a 4WD safari, either steering yourself along forest and farmland tracks or sitting back and letting a professional driver take the wheel. Alternatively, slow down the pace with a horseback ride through the countryside or roll down hills in a Zorb or OGO (giant inflatable balls). 
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Ziplining Forest Adventure - The Original Canopy Tour Rotorua

Ziplining Forest Adventure - The Original Canopy Tour Rotorua

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This Rotorua zipline tour takes you soaring through a centuries-old forest canopy as you switch between the six zipline cables suspended 72 feet (22 meters) above the ground. Get a bird’s-eye view as two expert guides suit you up with safety equipment and teach you about the forest environment. Bonus: you can later download photos taken of you during your treetops adventure. Round-trip hotel transport is included on this small-group tour, limited to 10 people.
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  • 3 hours
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Ziplining Forest Experience - The Ultimate Canopy Tour Rotorua

Ziplining Forest Experience - The Ultimate Canopy Tour Rotorua

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Experience the vibrant New Zealand bush on this unique, thrilling zipline adventure. Get right up into the otherwise-inaccessible canopy of the Bay of Plenty forest, where native birds like tui, robins and plump kereru make their homes, and zip through the native trees to the forest floor. This small-group adventure is a great way to experience New Zealand’s native forests without working up a sweat or waiting in line forever.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Rotorua Rafting - Kaituna River White Water Rafting

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Rotorua Rafting - Kaituna River White Water Rafting

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Go on an adrenaline-filled rafting excursion down the Kaituna River during this 3-hour adventure tour from Rotorua. Here, white-water rapids flow past a subtropical rainforest lining a deep canyon. See stunning waterfalls, including rafting over Tutea Falls, and jump at the opportunity for exhilarating cliff diving. Tour operates winter and summer. Wetsuit, booties and helmet are provided. No experience necessary!
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  • 3 hours
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Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua

Kaituna River White Water Rafting from Rotorua

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This Kaituna River rafting adventure in the Okere Falls Scenic Reserve promises plenty of thrills! With an expert guide at the helm, you’ll paddle through Class 5 white-water rapids of the Kaituna River, including an awesome 21-foot (7-meter) drop down Tutea Falls, the worlds highest commercially rafted waterfall. Accessible to adventurous beginners, this 3-hour tour includes a safety briefing with paddling instruction, all necessary equipment and round-trip hotel transport from Rotorua.
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  • 3 hours
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Kaituna White-Water Rafting Adventure

Kaituna White-Water Rafting Adventure

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Challenge yourself against the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall and enjoy outdoor adventure in New Zealand on this 3.5-hour Kaituna white-water rafting adventure from Rotorua. Hop into your raft in the Kahikitea Forest and take to the waves with a guide. During your tour, navigate steep canyons through native forest, and test your nerve over 14 challenging rapids. Splash, paddle and roll through New Zealand’s spectacular scenery and make the most of this North Island outdoor adventure. A full briefing and all safety equipment are included.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Zorb Inflatable Ball Ride from Mount Ngongotaha in New Zealand

Zorb Inflatable Ball Ride from Mount Ngongotaha in New Zealand

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While in Rotorua, take a wild and wacky ride in a ZORB ball. You’ll love ‘orbing’ downhill as you slide around inside an inflatable ball. Choose from three different runs — a straight slope, a multipoint harness or a curvy water ride — and get instruction before enjoying twists and turns. Document the latest thrill with a provided hand-held go pro, and relax between rides in the on-site hot tubs.
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  • 1 hour
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Nocturnal adventure Glow-worm tour

Nocturnal adventure Glow-worm tour

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Even on the cloudiest night, the New Zealand glowworm lights up the darkness in a lucky few spots across the country. This short evening bush-walk departing from Rotorua involves a short drive, a walk through picturesque native bush and the chance to see these increasingly rare creatures. Tack this tour onto the end of a thrilling day in Rotorua instead of hiring a car for an almost two-hour drive west to visit the exceedingly popular Waitomo Caves. This is one of the easiest ways to experience Aotearoa’s unique glowworm habitats.
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  • 3 hours
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Guided Horse Trekking from Rotorua

Guided Horse Trekking from Rotorua

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Explore the New Zealand countryside on horseback on this 1-hour horse trekking tour from Rotorua. Climb onto your horse and head into the foothills of Mt Ngongotaha with a guide. Follow winding trails over working farmland and through native bush, and admire beautiful views over Lake Rotorua. Stop along the way to capture the views on camera, then descend back through the green paddocks to base. This horse trek is suitable for beginners and experienced riders alike, with horses and ponies to match all riding abilities.
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  • 1 hour
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Rotorua Stand-Up Paddle Board Glow Worm Tour

Rotorua Stand-Up Paddle Board Glow Worm Tour

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Steer a stand-up paddleboard through a spectacular display of glow worms on a twilight tour of Lake Rotorua glow worm caves and rock formations. Paddling Lake Rotorua at dusk means the perfect light to see the glow worms at their sparkling, shining best, and you’ll watch the first stars appear over the lake as you return to shore.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Mt Tarawera Volcanic Guided Hike Experience

Mt Tarawera Volcanic Guided Hike Experience

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Experience the majesty of Mt Tarawera and gain insight into New Zealand’s rich geology on this 4-hour hike from Rotorua. Travel by off-road 4x4 vehicle into the North Island wilderness with a guide. Follow winding hiking trails from the base of Mt Tarawera up to the crater’s edge, and learn all about the mighty volcano’s 1886 eruption. From your vantage point near the crater, admire panoramic views over the geothermal valley of Waimangu. This exciting hiking tour is suited to adventurers of all ages.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Rotorua Glow Worm Kayaking Tour

Rotorua Glow Worm Kayaking Tour

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As the sun sets over the Bay of Plenty, take a kayak into the hidden glow worm caves around the Rotorua Caves on this remarkable after-dark tour. Instead of trying to find your own way out to the caves, take a kayak across the lakes with a guide by your side who can help you navigate the tunnels and keep you on course. Marvel at the clusters of glowing bugs and the way they light up these underground rock formations.
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  • 3 hours
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Volcanic Valley Self Guided Walking and Hiking at Waimangu

Volcanic Valley Self Guided Walking and Hiking at Waimangu

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Explore the geothermal landscape of Rotorua at your own pace on this self-guided Waimangu hiking tour. Follow winding hiking trails through Waimangu — the world’s youngest geothermal system — and marvel at the scenery you find. Admire unique geothermal features including Frying Pan Lake, Inferno Crater Lake and Lake Rotomahana, and enjoy breathtaking views over hot springs and steam vents throughout the forest and grasslands. Along the way, gain insight into the geothermal activity from your guide sheet and watch for the native plant and animal life for which Waimangu is famous. Enjoy a much needed rest and take advantage of the shuttle bus to return you to the start at the end of your hike.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
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White-Water Sledging Adventure

White-Water Sledging Adventure

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Take a scenic excursion through the New Zealand wilderness on this 3-hour white-water sledging adventure from Rotorua. Listen as a guide explains the challenges ahead, then — with your helmet and life vest clipped on — take to the Okere River on your floating sledge. Twist and turn through swirling river rapids, float gracefully along relaxing flats, and admire views over the mighty Kahikatea Forest. This family-friendly tour is suitable for thrill-seekers of all ages and skill levels.
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  • 3 hours
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Off-Road 4WD Buggy Adventure from Rotorua

Off-Road 4WD Buggy Adventure from Rotorua

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Ride along dirt tracks and trails on a 30-minute or 1-hour 4WD adventure in Rotorua, and experience New Zealand off-roading. You’ll explore rolling farmland and scenic native forests with an professional guide who will drive you to a viewpoint overlooking Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island. This small-group 4WD tour is limited to five participants per buggy.
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  • 1 hour
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Tarawera and Rotorua Lakes Eco Tour by Boat with Guide

Tarawera and Rotorua Lakes Eco Tour by Boat with Guide

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Explore the Rotorua lakes district and learn about its history on a 2-hour tour duck boat cruise from Rotorua. Travel on land and by water in the amphibious World War II vehicle, visiting four lakes including Lake Tarawera, located at the foot of Mt Tarawera. Hear about the devastating 1886 eruption of Mt Tarawera and other aspects of local history on this family-friendly tour.
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  • 2 hours
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Hike New Zealand's finest forest - Whirinaki forest

Hike New Zealand's finest forest - Whirinaki forest

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Explore one of New Zealand’s finest forest trails on this 7-hour hiking tour in the Whirinaki Forest from Rotorua. Travel from your accommodation in Rotorua into the Whirinaki Forest, widely considered among the world’s greatest rainforests. Follow your guide along hiking trails beneath the leafy canopy and marvel at mighty native trees such as ‘kahikatea’, ‘matai’, ‘miro’, ‘rimu’ and ‘totara’. Along the way, discover rich flora and fauna for which the forest is famous, and hear birdsong from the many different species of birds flying among the branches above.
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  • 7 hours
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4WD Bush Safari at Off Road NZ

4WD Bush Safari at Off Road NZ

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Get out of your comfort zone on this challenging Bush Safari from Rotorua. This self-drive experience by 4-passenger 4WD vehicle takes you over steep climbs and descents, with guided instruction via two-way radio as you navigate waterfalls, lunges and tunnels. Upgrade to include a 4x4 Monster Thrill Ride or Raceline Karting, or do all three. Safety briefing and equipment are provided.
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  • 45 minutes
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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
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Mt Tarawera Helicopter Tour with Volcano Landing

Mt Tarawera Helicopter Tour with Volcano Landing

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Hover above Mt Tarawera on a helicopter tour with a landing that includes a short, guided exploration of the volcanic terrain on foot. View the geothermal landscape of crater lakes and domes from the air, then get up close to the volcanic scenery as you learn about its geologic history from your guide. Soar above the Northern Lakes district as you take off from Rotorua.
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  • 40 minutes
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Hell's Gate Geothermal Walk

Hell's Gate Geothermal Walk

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Enter a world of bubbling mud and powerful geysers with admission to Hells Gate, a geothermal park in Rotorua. Once you’re in the Hells Gate park, you can follow a self-guided walkway through New Zealand’s most active geothermal field, pausing to explore interactive exhibits along the way. After the geothermal walk, take time to visit Hells Gate's native forest on a bush walk, listening for the sound of tropical birdcalls as you pass silver ferns and thick foliage.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Rotorua Duck Boat Guided City and Lakes Tour

Rotorua Duck Boat Guided City and Lakes Tour

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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.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 1 hour 45 minutes
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 The Farm Tour

The Farm Tour

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Ultimate Kiwi Farm Experience !! A Trip to Rotorua, New Zealand is not complete without a traditional farm experience. The Farm Tour is an hour long guided tour, travelling through 35 acres of farm environment on a covered trailer.  You will love interacting with all the friendly animals - make sure you have your camera ready to snap a selfie! There are so many different varieties, you will be spoiled for choice see alpacas, lamas ,goats, sheep, cattle, deer, pigs, chickens, rabbits, ostriches and more.  Your friendly guide will provide information, and food to feed the animals.  This is a must do Kiwi experience !
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  • 1 hour
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Monster 4X4 Thrill Ride at Off Road NZ

Monster 4X4 Thrill Ride at Off Road NZ

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Experience the Rotorua Monster 4x4 Thrill Ride, an adventure inside an all-terrain vehicle, purpose-built with a roll cage. With an expert driver at the wheel, you’ll climb and descend nearly vertical slopes and tilt over to an angle guaranteed to get your heart racing. Upgrade to include a 4WD Bush Safari or Raceline Karting, or do all three. Safety briefing and gear are provided.
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  • 10 minutes
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Velocity Valley Rotorua 4 Ride Adrenaline Overload Package

Velocity Valley Rotorua 4 Ride Adrenaline Overload Package

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Velocity Valley has unique New Zealand adventures located within one defined area. There is no need to travel from one location to another as we have all the adrenaline right here. This 4 Ride Combo allows you to experience all of our unique activities... Share the fear with friends and dive head first through the air on the Swoop at 130km/h. Experience our furiously fast Agrojet, New Zealand’s fastest jet sprint boat on a purpose-built water course at 100km/h. Defy Gravity and live out your dream of flying on New Zealand’s only outdoor flying wind tunnel – Freefall Xtreme. Lastly and most famously the world’s only human powered monorail racetrack, embrace the race with Shweeb Racer. Our adrenaline park is affordable and not to be missed. We cater for all ages, weights, heights and adventure abilities. Let us add to your worldly adventure travels, experience unique New Zealand activities with Velocity Valley.
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  • 1 hour
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