If you are planning your next trip, Rotorua should be the first one on your list of places to explore. There are many reasons to visit Rotorua including its rich culture, friendly and welcoming locals, interesting history, a wide array of outdoor activities, and of course, its geothermal playground. Here are the top 10 excursions you need to take when you’re in Rotorua.

Thermal Safari

Experience the only river jet tour in the world that lets you get off the boat and enjoy a stunning geothermal wonderland. This unique escapade will get your adrenaline pumping as you blast down at a speed of 90 kilometre per hour on the Waikato River and then spend an hour exploring Orakei Korako, Taupo’s hidden valley. Get a spectacular view of pine forests, and steaming volcanic river banks, while feeding trout as you head to Orakei Korako. Enjoy the beauty of silica terraces, hidden caves, and steaming geysers in this out of this world adventure.

New Zealand River Jet

Enjoy that one of a kind Jet Boating experience only on New Zealand Riverjet. Choose from a 1-hour to a 5-hour tour, you’ll get to experience a memorable, genuine, kiwi adventure. Ride your way to Orakei Korako or conquer one of New Zealand’s top rated Jet boat excursions, The Squeeze. The Scenic Blasts lasts for 50 minutes where you’ll be taking a trip down to the Mighty Waikato River and then into the stunning Tutukau gorge. Meanwhile, The Squeeze lasts up to 3 hours where you’ll cruise the Waikato River, pass through an active geothermal area, and then to a hot geothermal waterfall and hot pool.

Waimarino Scenic Lake Rotoiti Kayak Tour

The Waimarino Scenic Lake Rotoiti Kayak Tour will take you into an excursion through Pohutukawa. Get a closer look at the classic kiwi holiday homes that have been spread throughout the cliffs and coves. Traverse the lake’s edge while marveling at the sight of abundant birdlife before entering the glow worm cave. During the kayak tour, you’ll get to visit natural thermal hot pools while learning about the truth about the Maori people who have been linked to Lake Rotoiti.

Katoa Lake Rotorua – Mokoia Island with Speed & Spins

Take an exciting jet boat ride and explore the stunning Lake Rotorua while learning about New Zealand’s most popular love stories. Discover the secrets behind the volcanic past of the area and uncover the wonders of the Mokoia Island. Enjoy the 30-minute jet boat ride speeding and spinning across the waters. After the adrenaline-filled jet boat ride, you’ll have the chance to revel in the beauty of the amazing island.

Rotorua Duck Tours

Rotorua Duck Tours has been around since 2003 and has been providing guided sightseeing tours of the city and the lake regions. The excursion will introduce you to Maori and Rotorua’s geothermal history. You’ll get the chance to ride the famous WWII amphibious craft as you explore the beauty of the scenery and cruise down the breath taking lakes.

Katoa Parasailing

If you are into parasailing or you just want to try one, then book a parasailing flight with Katoa Lake Rotorua today. Enjoy an exhilarating parasailing experience as you marvel at the beauty of the Lake Rotorua with Katoa.

Rainbow Springs Nature Park

Learn about New Zealand’s wildlife story by visiting the Rainbow Springs Nature Park. The family-friendly tourist spot is surrounded by native forest and natural springs, which adds to the place’s unique beauty. Bring your friends and family and learn about the country’s wildlife, cultural stories, and ecological history.

Rotorua Canopy Tours

There’s one unique way for you to enjoy the ancient forest in New Zealand, and it’ll be through a thrilling zipline adventure. Explore the lost world in New Zealand and experience what it’s like to be in a forest that’s been untouched for centuries. You can choose from two eco-tour experiences, The Original Canopy Tour and the Ultimate Canopy Tour. Regardless of what option you choose, the excursion will, without a doubt, take your breath away.

Rotorua Rail Cruising

Enjoy the ultimate railway experience in Rotorua by going on railcruising. Check out Bay of Plenty’s rolling hills, beautiful lake, and gorgeous farmland viewers while driving a RailCruiser. Each RailCruiser can accommodate up to four adults, or two adults and two kids.

Mitai Maori Village

If you are interested in learning more about the Maori Culture, then you should go on an excursion in the Mitai Maori Village. You’ll be treated to a full display of their combat and weaponry and a beautiful performance of the poi dance and the haka finale. Be amazed by the natural bush setting and prepare yourself to see warriors in their traditional dress. Plus, you’ll be left in awe once you witness glow worms in the Rotorua area.

Rotorua is home to many different attractions that are worth exploring. Choose from the multiple options and enjoy the countless activities that each place has to offer.