Zip lining high above the Rotorua Canopy
Zip lining high above the Rotorua Canopy

Rotorua offers, something for all ages and tastes. The region is famous for its geothermal activity, Maori culture, great walks, world class mountain biking, thrilling jet boat rides, zorbing, ziplining and much more. Below is a selection of a few of Luxury Adventures favourite Rotorua recommended activities. Of course there any many other adventures dependent on your interests!

Tree Top Adventures

Get to experience Rotorua’s newest new Eco adventure with zip-lining. High above Rotorua’s lush green canopy, full of ancient trees, and native bird song. The zip-lining course stands deep within 500 hectares of protected conservation forests. The beginners course takes approximately 3 hours and travels 1.2 kilometres over various length zip-lines. Along with tree top platforms, and suspended bridges linking the trees. The passionate guides will steer you through the course and inform you of the history of the forest. Including how the course was built, and the native bird life. The operators are passionate about the ecology and bird life in the area. Feel like more, step it up to the ultimate course, with a 400 meter zipline!

Flying above Rotorua's geothermal areas in a float plane
Flying above Rotorua’s geothermal areas in a float plane

Float Plane scenic flights

Experience the romance and thrill of departing in a float plane from the Rotorua lakefront pier. Take in views of Mount Tarawera, a volcano responsible for one of New Zealand’s largest historic eruptions in 1886. The Mount Tarawera eruption destroyed several villages, including Te Wairoa (which is now known as a tourist attraction), the buried village, and the famous Pink and White terraces.

Fly over stunning lakes, mountain ranges, thermal valleys, with views of Wai-O-Tapu and the Champagne Pools. Follow the Waikato River to the hidden valley of Orakei Korako. Some tours can land on the the river, and combine land based geothermal tours around the Rotorua region. Or you can take an extended float plane flight and take in White Island, New Zealand’s only permanently live volcano. Talk to Luxury Adventures about including a float plane flight in your honeymoon or vacation.

The rain forest & white water rafting trip makes our list of Rotorua recommended activities
Although not directly in Rotorua this experience makes our list of Rotorua recommended activities because of its diversity and fun factor.

Rain forest & white water rafting

New Zealand is known for its lush green forest, picturesque landscapes, and adventure tourism. Why not combine all of these and a rare and endangered birds informative narrative about the ecology of our rainforests from a passionate and experience local guide? Luxury Adventures can arrange a full day Rotorua experience with a private guide. Combining a bush walk among massive 1,000-year old trees and rare birds, with a fun rafting trip on the beautiful Rangitaiki River. Although not directly in Rotorua this experience makes our list of Rotorua recommended activities because of its diversity and fun factor.

Riding a mountain bike trail under the skyline gondola, Rotorua
Riding a mountain bike trail under the skyline gondola, Rotorua

Mountain Biking

Rotorua is a mountain biking mecca, and is home to international events such as Crankworx. Whakarewarewa forest, also known as The Redwoods has an array of diverse tracks for all levels. The forest is easily accessible from Rotorua’s city centre, a short 5 minute drive, with over 70 trails (130km) there is a track to suit everyone from absolute beginners to pros. The tracks are well marked, and graded so it’s easy to pick a route that suits your capabilities.

The park has bikes to hire and we can even arrange an expert guide to take you on the trails. Rotorua is also home to world-class downhill mountain biking at the Skyline, with around 10 km of easily accessible down hill tracks. Luxury Adventures Tony Townley is a keen mountain bike enthusiast, and is more than happy to discuss how to include some great rides into your itinerary. Further information can be found on our New Zealand mountain biking page.

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Kay Campbell

Originally from the UK, I now call New Zealand my home, relocating 15 years ago with my husband and two children. I have been with Luxury Adventures for 15 years. When not planning perfect vacations and honeymoons for our clients, I enjoy running and recently completed the Queenstown marathon, along with reading, walking in the bush and on the beach with my two dogs and finding new favourite places in New Zealand.

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