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35 Best Rotorua Attractions Every Tourist Must See

Rotorua (meaning two lakes) is the geothermal centre of the North Island of New Zealand.

Top Attractions – Hot Springs & Geysers

The geothermal nature of Rotorua is very evident as soon as you get close to the city. The sulphur fumes and steam escaping from the drains in the road tend to let you know that Rotorua is nearby.

There are five major geothermic attractions for the public. Each is very unique with different qualities:

  1. Whakarewarewa Valley – Te Puia has about 500 hot springs and the largest geyser in New Zealand, Pohutu.
  2. Tikitere, called Hell’s Gate is the hottest area with boiling pools and a hot waterfall.
  3. Waimangu has many coloured lakes and the site of the Pink and White Terraces under Lake Rotomahana.
  4. The final area in Rotorua is Wai-O-Tapu which is also very colourful and is home to the Lady Knox Geyser.
  5. Further south on the Rotorua-Taupo road is another geothermal area – Orakei Korako – the Hidden Valley.

Kids & Family

The Agrodome is a great place for kids. They can learn about farming, watch a sheep being shorn, milk a cow or see a sheep-dog herding sheep – or geese. Kids also love The Luge which is an alternative way down after riding to the hilltop on the Skyline Rotorua.

Local Tip

Try cooking your meal over a steam oven or have a Maori Hangi for your dinner. Enjoy some Maori culture with an evening show.

Day Tours

Rotorua is handy to a number of other centres. Drive to Whakatane and catch a cruise out to White Island – an active volcano island that is one of New Zealand’s greatest must-do attractions. Matamata is nearby with the famous Hobbiton, and Taupo is an hour drive south. The Waitomo Caves are not very far away and Hamilton is also an easy drive.

35 Most Popular Attractions in Rotorua

1. Te Puia

  • Set on 70 hectares in the stunning Te Whakarewarewa Valley, Te Puia is a place dedicated to preserving the culture, customs, arts, and history of the Maori
  • Adults: $49.90; Children: $25.00; Family Pass: $135.00
  • + 64 7 348 9047
  • Te Puia, Rotorua, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand
  • Summer (Late September-Early April): 8am-6pm; Winter (Early April-Late September): 8am-5pm.
  • Website
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2. Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

  • Adult $32.50; Child $11
  • 64 7-366 6333
  • Wai-O-Tapu, Waiotapu Loop Road, Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Daily 8am-5pm
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3. Mataatua: The House That Came Home

  • Adult $49-$98; Child $15-$30
  • Mataatua: The House That Came Home, 105 Muriwai Drive, Whakatane, 3120, New Zealand
  • Daily 9am-4pm

4. Lake Rotoiti

  • Free
  • Lake Rotoiti, Okere Falls, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand
  • Daily
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5. Paradise Valley Springs

  • Adult $30; Child $15
  • 64 7-348 9667
  • Paradise Valley Springs, Paradise Valley Road, Ngongotaha Valley, New Zealand
  • Daily 8am-5pm
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6. Mt Tarawera

  • Free
  • 64 7 349 3714
  • Mount Tarawera, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand
  • Daily

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7. The Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest

  • Free
  • 64 7-350 0110
  • The Redwoods, Long Mile Road, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Daily 8.30am-5pm
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8. Government Gardens

  • Free
  • 64 7-350 2119
  • Government Gardens, Rotorua, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand
  • Daily 10am-6pm
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9. Wingspan National Bird Of Prey Centre

  • Adults $40-$130; Child $20-$65
  • 64 7 357 4469
  • Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, Paradise Valley Road, Ngongotaha Valley, New Zealand
  • Daily 9am-3pm

10. OGO Rotorua

  • Package varies from $35-$119
  • 0800 646 768
  • OGO Rotorua, Ngongotaha Road, Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Daily 9am-5pm
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11. Buried Village of Te Wairoa

  • Adult $32.50; Child $10
  • 64 7-362 8287
  • Buried Village of Te Wairoa, Tarawera Road, Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Daily 9am-5pm
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12. Skyline Rotorua

  • Adult $29; Child $14.50
  • 64 7 347 0027
  • Skyline Rotorua, Fairy Springs Road, Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Daily 9am-5pm
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13. Rotorua Museum

  • Adult $20; Child $8
  • 64 7-350 1814
  • Rotorua Museum, Oruawhata Drive, Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Daily 9am-5pm

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14. Kuirau Park

  • Free
  • Kuirau Park, Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Open 24 hours
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15. Hells Gate

  • Package varies from $25-$240
  • 64 7 345 3151
  • Hellsgate Geothermal Park and Mud Bath Spa, State Highway 30, Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Summer: Daily 8.30am-10.00pm; Winter: 8.30am-8.30pm
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