Bay of Plenty – Rotorua

Experience a volcanic wonderland where the land steams, mud and water bubble and geysers erupt into the air. A place where the Earth's crust is thin and the history is dense, surrounded by sparking lakes and thousands of hectares of native forest. A nature lover’s playground where you can experience Māori culture and satisfy your inner adrenalin junkie, all while exploring a geothermal wonderland and beautiful beaches in the Bay of Plenty (Te Moana a Toi). Learn more at rotoruanz.com and bayofplentynz.com

Major Centres: 

Rotorua
Tauranga
Whakatane

 

Airports: 

Rotorua Domestic Airport
Tauranga Domestic Airport

Agrodome

0800 339 400

141 Western Road
Rotorua

For over 40 years, visitors from all over the globe have come to the Agrodome to see our world-famous Farm Show – starring a cast of talented animals… and you!  Plus, join the Farm Tour to explore a real working farm, hand-feed loads of friendly animals, and sample delicious kiwifruit juice and honey from our land. There’s also the Nursery, with baby animals available for cuddles and photos all year round, and our Woollen Mill and Shearing Museum, where you’ll learn the remarkable story of NZ pioneers the Bowen brothers, and discover the full process of wool from the Sheep’s back to yours.

Cornerstone Pub

+64 7 928 1120

Cornerstone Pub is the place to go for amazing food for breakfast, lunch & dinner on The Strand. Live sport plays on our big screens. The best music & entertainment combines to create an atmosphere for all to enjoy!

Dlish Hangi

+64 22 467 9372

Dlish Hangi & Authentic New Zealand Kai is a little shop/cafe in Whakamarama, on State Highway 2 just out of beautiful Tauranga. On the menu we have three meat hangis, vegeterian hangis, and boilups. We also have cream paua, mussell chowder, seafood chowder, kina (when available) and a selection of other hot food. Finish your meal off with our steam pudding topped with custard and cream. Outside and inside seating is available to sit and enjoy your meal. Visit us for a true Māori food experience.

Driftkartz

+64 7 345 6211

10 Old Taupo Road,
Rotorua

DriftKartz NZ is the most fun you can have on our purpose built Kartz and track. Our race track has a special coating giving you one of the most difficult racing surfaces you will ever encounter. The specially hardened competition kart tyres also add to the fun making for an out of control racing experience. Imagine trying to control an out of control race car! That’s what DriftKartz is all about. It is not easy, if it was easy it wouldn’t be FUN. So on your next visit to Rotovegas call in and give it a go and see if you have what it takes to control the out of control.

Elite Adventures

+64 7 347 8282

Elite Adventures is an award winning tour company providing scheduled and private half day and full day tours of Rotorua. We also organise custom-made private and group tours as well as shore excursions to Rotorua from Tauranga port. Tell us where your interest lies and we can create the tour you desire.

Hell's Gate & Wai Ora Spa

+64 7 343 5100

Hells Gate is New Zealand’s most active geothermal reserve featuring a 2.5km natural geothermal walk past violently boiling mud and exploding hot water pools, the largest hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere, land coral formations, a mud volcano and a medicine lake used by local Māori for healing for over 700 years. Traditional Miri Miri massage is offered at our Hells Gate Wai Ora Spa along with geothermal mud therapies.

Iti Gifts

+64 27 451 3040

Māori themed traditional and contemporary high quality gifts, by a collective of friends, whanau, and other crafters, artists and designers.

Kaitiaki Adventures

+64 7 350 1151

With a unique blend of history, Māori culture and an adrenaline overload, Kaitiaki Adventures offers superior and unforgettable white water rafting and white water sledging experiences. Raft down the Kaituna River and over the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world or take the river on at eye level as you are in charge of your own sledging vessel propelling yourself through the water with flippers on your feet.

Maraehako Bay Retreat

+64 7 325 2648

Kia Ora! Escape the world and enter paradise. This is your invitation to experience a place like no other. Absolute sea front accommodation for backpackers, groups, fishing charters and special events. Enjoy the abundant pleasures of this oceanside retreat. But don't just enjoy our beautiful landscape, come meet first hand its people and their authentic culture. Maraehako means "a place of meeting for good people". Experience it for yourself - breath it, taste it, live it!

Mataatua Te Manuka Tutahi

+64 7 308 4271

After more than 130 years Mataatua Wharenui - New Zealand's most travelled Māori meeting house – stands once again as the unifying soul of the Ngāti Awa tribe of Whakatāne, New Zealand. Discover the extraordinary story of the house. Marvel at its grandeur and the beauty of the ancestral carvings. Be enthralled as the carvings and legends of Ngāti Awa are brought to life through world-class digital technology and storytelling.

Mitai Māori Village

+64 7 343 9132

The Mitai family is proud to have created a sacred and spiritual place that offers you an authentic indigenous cultural experience like no other. Enter the world of Mitai, be enthralled by the natural bush setting and learn our history. See warriors in traditional dress paddle an ancient warrior canoe (waka) down the wai-o-whiro stream, and see glow worms in their natural habitat. Be captivated by songs, dance, and games in a rich and powerful entertaining cultural concert, complete with the spine tingling haka.

Moanarua Beach Cottage

+64 7 312 5924

Naumai, haere mai. Miria and Taroi welcome you to a unique Māori cultural experience. The fully self contained 'whare' (house) incorporates a modern design with an ancient cultural significance, through the carvings which depict the kaitiaki/guardians for the local tribes. Designed for maximum comfort with access to the luxury outdoor spa set in the award winning gardens. Continental breakfast provisions are provided, alongside complimentary evening drinks and nibbles with as we share stories.

Mountain Bike Rotorua

0800 682 768

Mountain Bike Rotorua is your gateway to Whakarewarewa Redwood Forest - the stunning jewel in the crown of the adventure destination that is Rotorua. The friendly team here at MBR have everything you need to get out and ride! Along with her natural beauty, the true strength of our forest is that it caters to all levels. It doesn't matter if you've never been mountain biking before or you live and dream about your next MTB fix, Whakarewarewa Redwood Forest has more than 130km of trails for you.

NativconnectioNZ

+64 21 220 8015

Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live as the locals do while exploring traditional and contemporary facets of our living indigenous culture. Our aim is to introduce you to Māori culture through captivating storytelling, unique local experiences and delicious cultural cuisine. We keep group numbers small to ensure we are able to interact with our guests on a personal level, allowing us to deliver the ultimate immersion into New Zealand’s indigenous culture.

OGO is a big inflatatable ball that people can jump inside and roll around. Set on a stunning 17 acre property overlooking Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island you'll find the home of OGO just 5 minutes drive from Rotorua's town centre and right next door to the famous Skyline Skyrides Luge, Rainbow Springs and Matai Maori Village.

Orakei Korako

+64 7 378 3131

Orakei Korako, also known as the hidden valley is located somewhat off the beaten track, between Taupo and Rotorua. Orakei Karako Cave and Thermal park provides a unique geothermal experience your whole family - even the dog can enjoy.

Enjoy a genuine, personal New Zealand experience on board the luxury sailing catamaran Tiua on beautiful Lake Rotoiti near Rotorua. Sail the large fresh water lake with many stunning bays and coves to explore; it is steep in cultural history and legend that the crew are happy to share. You can be relaxed or energetic as you wish by helping sail the yacht, swimming in the waters through caves, soaking in the lake edge thermal pools only accessible by boat or relaxing and watching the native scenery slip by.

Rainbow Springs Nature Park

0800 724 626

The majesty and magic of New Zealand’s wildlife kingdom comes together in one incredible place. Set amongst the native trees and beautiful forests of Rotorua, Rainbow Springs Nature Park offers a fun-packed and educational experience for the whole family. Learn about New Zealand’s fascinating natural history and come closer than ever to the creatures who call this great land of ours home.  The fun never stops at Rainbow Springs with our impressive playground area, the thrilling Big Splash water ride and ever popular Bird Show.

Rainforest Experiences New Zealand pioneered tourism in the Whirinaki region of the Central North Island and operates a range of programmes, based on guided walks, for those seeking enlightenment, informative interpretation, education and learning experiences in one of the world's last remaining temperate rainforest locations. We offer day tours and multi-day walks in a forest which has an international ranking in the conservation and environment arena and special interest packages to meet the requirements of travellers.

Te Puia

+64 7 348 9047

Te Puia is the premier Māori cultural centre in New Zealand - a place of gushing waters, steaming vents, boiling mud pools and spectacular geysers. Our Māori tradition lives on at Te Whakarewarewa, with our guided tours and attractions, our Māori culture, and our National Carving and Weaving Schools of New Zealand.

Totally Tarawera and Lake Tarawera Water Taxi

+64 7 362 8080

We offer our guests the opportunity to personally discover Māori culture, traditions and unique geothermal landscapes here on our tribal homeland of Lake Tarawera, Rotorua. Experience and enjoy storytelling, lake excursions, traditional food tasting, walking trails, geothermal bathing, glamping and our stunning landscapes.  Tarawera is the birth place of tourism in New Zealand and we follow in the footsteps of our ancestors, the original guides. It is the standing place of the Tuhourangi and Ngati Rangitihi tribes and an area seeped in history. The area was home to the “Eighth wonder of the world”, the famous Pink and White Terraces, lost in the devastating eruption of Mount Tarawera on the 10th of June, 1886. Totally Tarawera operates exclusively on Lake Tarawera. Just 14km from central Rotorua.

Wai O Tapu Thermal Wonderland

+64 7 366 6333

Named "One of the 20 most Surreal Places in the world" by TripAdvisor, Wai O Tapu Thermal Wonderland is New Zealand's most colourful and diverse geothermal area. This stunning landscape is nestled within a natural bush setting offering a range of self-guided walks. The range of geothermal activity is extensive and includes volcanic craters, steaming vents, coloured hot and cold spring waters, as well as the world famous Champagne pool. The Lady Knox Geyser is presented daily at 10.15am.

Waikite Thermal Valley Pools

+64 7 333 1861

Waikite Valley Thermal Pools is unique place to come and experience the living waters of the Te Manaroa Springs - the largest single source of pure burning water in New Zealand. Pure spring water cascades into our main pool adjoining the toddlers beach area as well as the sit and soak pool and tranquil garden pool. Spacious heated changing rooms with toilets and high pressure hot showers are family friendly and wheelchair accessible. Adjoining the pool complex is a 20 site campground.

Waimangu Thermal Valley

+64 7 366 6137

Waimangu volcanic valley is one of Rotorua's premier tourist attraction and a must do eco-experience when you visit Rotorua. Waimangu features unique ecology, rare botany and fascinating geothermal features such as steaming volcanic crater lakes. A protected scenic reserve and wildlife refuge. Walking tours and boat cruise.

Waimarino Adventure Park

+64 7 5764 233

Waimarino is tranquil paradise situated on the banks of Wairoa River just 10 minutes from Tauranga city. Our adventure park is focused around the sport of kayaking. We offer a number of unique and enjoyable glow worm kayak tours, a range of corporate team building options, new conference and function facilities, and after school holiday care for childen. We can provide an exclusive riverside venue for weddings, or a fantastic fun day in the park for your group.

Rotorua Cultural Day Tours with a Maori Guide. Holistic and Traditional Rotorua Massage and Bodywork, at Go360 Health and Wellness Centre, Rotorua. Traditional Maori Healing Workshops.

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