Top three things to do in Rotorua

Therapeutic hot mud pools, geysers with mineral water, great walks around tree redwoods are just some of the things visitors do while in Rotorua. We bring you the top three picks from this exotic location in New Zealand’s’ North Island.

Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest:

New Zealand: Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest in Rotorua
Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest is the forest most well known for the network of superb mountain biking and walking tracks among the large expanse of Californian Redwoods. The walking and biking tracks are customised for all levels. There are short and long walks, lake walks and dog walks.

A great outing on a hot, sunny day, the upper canopy of Redwoods provide good shelter to the flora, fauna and visitors alike. It is interesting to know that largest Redwood in Whakarewarewa is approximately 72 metres tall and 169 centimetres in diameter. The average lifespan of Redwoods is 600 years and some can survive up to 2000 years.

Entry to this forest is free and is replete with scenic tracks for biking and hiking. An additional highlight is the special tracks for little explorers of different age groups 6-8 years and 9-12 years.

Tamaki Maori Village:

New Zealand’s most awarded tourism attraction, this place is a must visit to understand NZ’s native culture. Set up in a stunning 200-year-old native Tawa forest, the idea of the visit here is to interact and entertain yourself by immersing yourself in the traditional Maori way of life. There is warrior training, the poi dance and learning the haka (Maori war dance).

A powerful cultural performance of song and dance followed by feasting on traditional hangi buffet meal.

Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre:

If you like everything Kiwi, this is certainly your place of interest. The place dedicated to conserving the threatened New Zealand Falcon you can come up, close and personal with these predators. There is also an aviary and a falcon and hawk show which interests the adults and the kids alike.

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