Rotorua
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Rotorua Forest 3-Hour Zipline Canopy Tour

1. Rotorua Forest 3-Hour Zipline Canopy Tour

Join in a small-group zipline tour that will have you soaring through Rotorua's forest canopy. Switch between the six zipline cables suspended 22-meters above the ground and see the forest from a different perspective!  When you arrive at the base, you'll receive a warm welcome from the front office team. Check-in and meet your down-to-earth highly experienced kiwi guides who will kit you out with all necessary equipment for the day's weather. A quick 10-minute van ride and you'll arrive at the Dansey Road Scenic Reserve.  Your guides will share fascinating New Zealand eco-tour knowledge with your group, which is limited to just 10 people. At the first platform after a safety briefing, you’ll be off, exploring the native forest on 1.2 km network of Rotorua ziplines, swing bridges and treetop platforms. In total there are 6 ziplines totalling more than 650 meters, the highlight for most being the jaw-dropping 220-meter 'tui song' zipline that departs from 22 meters up a 1000-year-old tree.  Your trusty guides will be clipping you on and off all of the safety systems during your tour, your guide will even slow you down as you arrive at each platform. You will not be required to operate any of the equipment on the tour. This allows you to enjoy the ziplines and take in the magical native forest. 

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Rotorua: Polynesian Spa Full Access Entry Ticket

2. Rotorua: Polynesian Spa Full Access Entry Ticket

Relax and unwind at Rotorua’s Polynesian Spa – a world-leading, natural mineral bathing, and luxury spa retreat. Geothermal waters nourish the skin and relieve tired muscles and aches and pains, while decadent therapies rejuvenate through ancient and modern techniques. Combined with the healthy café, Polynesian Spa restores the body inside and out. This ticket provides access to the premium bathing area, the Deluxe Lake Spa, which includes a range of mineral rock pools at various temperatures. Enjoy both alkaline and acidic mineral springs, for the ultimate geothermal bathing experience. The therapeutic waters at Polynesian Spa come from 2 different natural springs. The Priest Spring is named after Father Mahoney, a Catholic Priest who was "cured" of his crippling arthritis from bathing in the waters in 1878. The slightly acidic water from the Priest Spring relieves tired muscles and aches and pains. The Rachel Spring is a source of alkaline water, which features the antiseptic powers of sodium silicate, nourishing the skin. It was said that those who bathe in the waters of the Rachel Spring are blessed with ageless beauty. This spa was built on the site of historic bathhouses that first made the city world-famous in the 1800s. At Polynesian Spa, elements of early buildings and baths have been carefully retained and the site is registered by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

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Rotorua: ZORB Inflatable Ball Rides

3. Rotorua: ZORB Inflatable Ball Rides

Take on an iconic New Zealand experience in Rotorua. Roll down a hill inside a specially designed giant inflatable ball. Choose from a single, double or triple ride option when booking. On the day, opt for a H2OGO (wet) ride. On warm days, superman dive into the H2OGO on your own or with friends as you slip, slide and laugh your way down the slope. The specially designed ball means you remain will right-side up and not get dizzy. On cold days, stay warm in the H2OGO with warm water used for the rides. Hot spas will keep you toasty in between rides, an outdoor fire will pump serious warmth, and there will be heated changing rooms for afterwards. Delicious coffee made by baristas will also available on-site. 

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Lake Rotorua: Jet Boat, Speed, Spins and Adrenaline

4. Lake Rotorua: Jet Boat, Speed, Spins and Adrenaline

Book a 30min Jet Tour on Lake Rotorua and experience the excitement and exhilaration of one of the area's most popular adventure activities. Feel the rush of the high-powered engines pushing you through the water at approximately 85 km/hr, while professional drivers thrill you with speed, spins, and adrenaline.  Visit iconic landmarks such as Kawaha Point, Mokoia Island, and Sulphur Bay and learn the history of the area, the people, and the events that have shaped this special place into the cultural and event capital of New Zealand.  You will be provided with spray jackets to keep you dry and warm and fit you with a life jacket to ensure you are safe on your blast around the lake. Suitable for almost all ages from the very young through to the most experienced. The service operates every day in all weather so you don't have to worry about availability. This is the very best way to experience the thrill of jet boating whilst learning all about this world-famous tourist destination.

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Velocity Valley Ride Combo Package

5. Velocity Valley Ride Combo Package

Choose any two or four adventure activities with this ride combo. Arrive onsite at Velocity Valley where all the action will begin. Velocity Valley is an adventure park located 15-minutes drive from central Rotorua. Once onsite you will be given your pass to experience the rides within the park. Enjoy the flexibility to choose 2 or 4 rides that you can complete in any order and enjoy at your own pace. Preselection is not required. Swoop: a giant 40-metre sky swing Agrojet: NZ fastest commercial jetsprint Shweeb: the world’s one and only monorail racetrack Freefall Xtreme: Southern Hemispheres only outdoor open-air wind tunnel experience. If you would like to drop one ride and double up on another ride that’s completely fine. Note that complimentary shuttles to Velocity Valley are available on request after booking.

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From Rotorua: Lake Taupo & Orakei Korako Geothermal Park

6. From Rotorua: Lake Taupo & Orakei Korako Geothermal Park

Get a fantastic geothermal experience without the thronging crowds with this day trip to Orakei Korako from Rotorua. Discover a geothermal park boasting the most active geysers in New Zealand. After exploring Orakei Korako, visit Huka Falls and the Taupo area. Depart Rotorua after pickup from your hotel between 9 AM-9:15 AM and travel to Orakei Korako. Somewhat off the beaten track, Orakei Korako, also known as the Hidden Valley, is nestled in the Taupo Volcanic Zone between Taupo and Rotorua. After a 45-minute drive to get there, take a short boat ride across the lake then enjoy 2 hours to explore the thermal area featuring up to 23 natural geysers in a constantly changing landscape. Marvel at the number of boiling hot springs and the vibrant colors all around you, or take a native bushwalk through this untouched geothermal paradise. Next, move on to Huka Falls and the Taupo area. Lunch is at your own expense but there are multiple places for you to choose to eat. In Taupo, be guided by your driver and visit the lake front and other interesting sights. Your driver will find out what interests you and, if possible, tailor the day to maximize the stops to suit your interests. Return to Rotorua after Taupo for drop-off at your accommodation between 3:30 PM-4:30 PM.

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Rotorua: National Kiwi Hatchery Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

7. Rotorua: National Kiwi Hatchery Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

Visit the National Kiwi Hatchery and see how the husbandry team is helping kiwis at the largest and most successful kiwi hatchery in the world. Find out about egg incubation systems, hatching techniques, and kiwi chick-rearing on a guided tour Enjoy an educational and thought-provoking experience giving you an insight into an internationally renowned conservation program. Get to see kiwi eggs being incubated, the hatching process, and newly hatched kiwi chicks. Finally, know you've made your own contribution as 100% of your entry ticket fee goes straight back to the kiwi hatching program.

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What people are saying about Rotorua

A must do, excellent experience and so much fun. Way out of my comfort zone but I would do it again. Awesome guides thank you Matt, Paul and Scott.

Corban and Allie were awesome guides. The whole thing was so well run and very safe. Awesome experience.

Was an awesome experience. Our Tour guide was funny and made the experience more enjoyable.

It was awesome. Wish it was longer but it was still good

Well worth it. Informative as well as exhilarating.