Rotorua is known for many things including its amazing landscape, wide range of wildlife, and impressive eco-tours. If you are looking for the best eco-friendly places to visit in the region, here are 10 of the best locations that should be on top of your list.
aMAZEme is a family-friendly attraction that features a 14-kilometre maze made of head high and well-maintained escallonia hedge, complete with openings, permanent blocks, and one-way doors, as you try to find your way to the centre. Other activities include animal petting and playing giant board games such as snakes and ladders, and connect 4.
Kotoa Lake Rotorua
Explore the stunning lake Rotorua with Katoa while on a jet boat ride and see the natural wonders that Mokoia Island has to offer. Learn about the island’s history, culture, and volcanic past. Enjoy the thrill of the 30-minute jet boat ride as you explore the wildlife sanctuary on the island and get to see the mineral pools and terraces along Sulphur Bay’s shores.
Waimarino Scenic Lake Rotoiti Kayak Tour
Take the Waimarino Scenic Lake Rotoiti Kayak Tour and learn about the myths and legends behind the Maori people. The 3.5-4-hour tour will take you to Pohutukawa, and lets you view natural thermal hot pools and kiwi holiday homes.
Real Rotorua’s Glow Worm Tour
New Zealand is a beautiful place day in and day out. It features some of the best day tours in the world but it also boasts of exciting night time excursions. If you’d like to explore the beauty of Rotorua in the evening, you should go on a Glow Worm Tour. The 2.5-hour tour will let you experience New Zealand’s wildlife when the sun goes down and relax under the clear night sky.
Real Rotorua’s Morning Lakes Tour
Go on a 4-hour eco-tour that will take you through beautiful lakes, Hamurana springs, and other interesting spots in the city. Learn about the colourful past of the region while revelling on the breathtaking views. You can also go on a native forest walk and marvel at the beauty of the Okere falls and Tutea falls.
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Get up close and personal with volcanic craters, water springs, and geothermal valleys by going on the Waimangu Volcanic Valley eco-tour. Learn about the history of Mt. Tarawera and events that led to the creation of the world’s youngest geothermal valley. Go on a self-guided nature walk and hiking trails or relax on a cruise in Lake Roomahana. A courtesy shuttle bus will also take you to the Waimangu Visitor Centre where you can enjoy a refreshing drink in one of the cafes.
Rainbow Springs Nature Park
If you are touring the region with your family, be sure not to miss out on all the fun that Rainbow Springs Nature Park has to offer. This tourist attraction features the country’s wildlife story, ecological history, and cultural stories. Whether you choose to experience the interactive Playscapes or take a shot at the Big Splash water ride, it’s going to be a fun-filled day out for the entire family.
Hop on a ninebot scooter and tour the iconic sights of Rotorua. Explore the city, geothermal park of Kuirau park, and the Government gardens, to name a few, in two 90 minute day tours. If you’d like to see how the city looks like in the evening, you can join the 45-minute night ride where you’ll visit the East St, Te Manawa place and museum. This eco-tour operates seven days a week, all throughout the year, including holidays.
Take a thrilling walk through the half kilometre long walkway of the ever famous Redwoods Treewalk. It’s one of the region’s newest eco-tourism attraction that lets the public traverse the gaps between 22 Redwood trees, which have been around for a century, through 23 suspension bridges. Get a birds-eye view of the magnificent forest as you walk through the 22 living decks, which were specially designed for the forest’s unique eco-system. Treewalk at your own pace and enjoy every second marvelling at the wonders of nature.
Looking for a one of a kind eco-tour experience? Visit Volcanic Air. Open to the public all year round, Volcanic air will take you on a memorable adventure through its wide array of scenic flights and air tours. Get a glimpse of the region’s stunning lakes, geothermal reserves, and volcanoes from above while aboard a helicopter or floatplane.
Take any or all of these eco-tours and discover the hidden natural treasures of Rotorua. Choose between full, part day, or night time excursions with your friends or family. Go walking or hiking, explore the city on a scooter, or learn about a hidden island while on a jet boat ride. Whatever you choose, your day will surely be filled with excitement, fun, and laughter while you create memories that will last forever.