Tours in Rotorua

Deluxe Touring

Here are the private, small group tours we recommend in Rotorua:

Eco-Adventure Escape

Take a personalized tour of the best sites in Rotorua on this natural eco-adventure. Enjoy a guided walk through Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Park and see the world famous champagne pool, geysers, bubbling mud, huge volcanic craters and terrace formations. Enjoy a hot swim at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools and experience the 'Living Waters' of the Te Manaroa Spring. Take a jet boat ride on the Waikato River with thrilling 360 degree spins, and enjoy the thermal reserve of Orakei Korako. You can also jet boat ride through Tutukau Gorge. Take in the remarkable landscape, and learn the history and legends of the area. Lastly take the challenge of The Squeeze, where you make your way through narrow crevasses, boulders and waist-deep, warm water to emerge in native bush. 

 

White Island Helicopter Ride

Fly north over Hell's Gate Thermal Valley to the Pacific Ocean coastline and the active volcano of White Island. Land at the crater's rim and spend approximately one hour on a guided walk of this fascinating natural attraction. Experience the volcanic fury of the main crater, view sulfur deposits, and the remains of the old sulfur mine. This tour provides spectacular scenery at an awe-inspiring location. 

 

Adventure Touring

Here are some of Rotorua's most exciting adventure tours:

Gondola and Luge Rides

Enjoy a gondola ride to the summit of Mount Ngongotaha. Just minutes from Rotorua's City centre, the gondola carries you 1600 feet above sea level to a fun park environment. Providing panoramic views of Rotorua City, Lake Rotorua and the surrounding area, this is a great, all-weather attraction. Once at the top, ride on The Luge – a fun ride for all ages. A ‘world-first’, proudly designed and built in Rotorua, the Luge is a fun-filled gravity cart ride. The unique braking and steering system provides the rider full control. Travel as fast or slow as you wish for an entertaining time on the mountain. 

 

H2GO Water Ride

Try the amazing OGO ride, where you can roll and bounce down hills in the safety of a giant inflatable ball. The most popular OGO ride is the H2OGO, where 1, 2 or even 3 people with 40 liters of water go rolling 250 meters downhill in a frenzy of rushing water. It’s super slippery, so you feel like you’re sliding in a rotating waterfall. With warm water in the winter and cool water in the summer, this is an awesome thrill ride all year long. 

White Water Sleding

The Kaituna River is home to the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world – the 7m Tutea Falls. Pass through steep, bush clay canyons and over 13 awesome drops. Blended with a touch of culture, this trip offers it all, for both rafting enthusiasts and first time users. With the best gear and guides, coupled with our amazing river experiences, this tour is a unique mix of history, culture, and adrenaline overload. 

 

Must Do Touring

Here are the essential tours we recommend for everyone visiting Rotorua:

Maori Cultural Experience

This authentic introduction to Maori culture will leave you amazed and in awe. Be enthralled by the natural bush setting, see warriors in traditional dress, paddle an ancient warrior canoe (waka) down the Wai-o-whiro stream, and don't miss an opportunity to see glow worms in their natural habitat. Marvel at the crystal clear water, full of eels and trout, flowing directly from the earth at the sacred Fairy Spring. Lastly be amazed by your delicious, traditionally cooked, hangi meal being lifted from the ground. 

Guided Tour of Rotorua

Visit Te Puia and the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute where you can view mighty geysers, boiling mud pools, and the traditional arts and culture of the Maori People. Go to Rainbow Springs for a unique showcase of New Zealand's flora and fauna including the national icon, a kiwi bird; and the Agrodome Sheep Show. In the afternoon experience the scenic beauty of Rotorua's lakes. Learn about the history and culture of Rotorua and the eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886. Enjoy a guided tour of the Buried Village, a fascinating location buried by the eruption of Mount Tarawera. Finish with a guided tour through the award winning Rotorua Museum.