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Rotorua

Highlights

Experience a traditional Maori cultural performance

Sail across beautiful Lake Rotoiti on a luxury 53-foot catamaran

Take a helicopter tour of the region’s top geothermal hotspots

Rotorua is renowned for its unique natural geothermal activity, indigenous Maori culture and a growing adventure scene.  A three-day itinerary will make the most of this fascinating destination.

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DAY ONE

Native birds and forest

Board a boat bound for Mokoia Island with Kawarau Jet. Discover the Maori legends of the area, plant a native tree and meet the rare New Zealand birds living on the island sanctuary. Round off your experience by enjoying a sumptuous indigenous lunch in an all-purpose marquee.

Take to the lake

Enjoy the unique Rotorua landscape from the water, cruising beautiful Lake Rotoiti and enjoying the natural geothermal hot pools only accessible by boat. The more adventurous may want to explore by kayak, while luxurious option is chartering the 53-foot catamaran Tuia.

Art deco dining

Spend the evening in the beautiful Government Gardnes, enjoying pre-dinner drinks in the elegant Blue Baths. Enjoy the sunset over the city and finish your night with exquisite food and entertainment.

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DAY TWO

Off the beaten track

Start your day on the forest-clad Mamaku Plateau with Off Road NZ. Go on a 4WD Bush Safari, race 390cc 4-stroke karts or try the adrenaline pumping Monster 4x4 Thrill Ride.

Amusement park adrenaline

Continue the adrenaline-fuelled excitement at Agroventures Adventure Park. The park offers fast-paced jet boat rides, 'Shweeb' monorail racing, a 'Swoop' through the air at up to 130 kilometres per hour, classic bungy jumping, and a gourmet barbecue lunch to refuel. Smaller groups can move between activiies with ease, while large groups can book Agroventures exclusively.

Pure Relaxation

Spend the rest of the afternoon at Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort where you can experience the Spa’s signature massage - Miri Miri - based on the traditional Maori massage technique. Finish your day with dinner at the resort’s Mokoia Restaurant, specialising in Pacific fusion cuisine.

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DAY THREE

High fliers

After breakfast, enjoy views of the region's many lakes and geothermal hotspots on a helicopter tour. Visit Mount Tarawera to view the lasting impact of the massive 1886 volcanic eruption or head to White Island, an active marine volcano complete with historic sulphur mines, bird colonies and a beautiful crater lake. Alternatively, explore the region's crater lakes and geothermal landscape from a float plane.

Superb skylines

Once back on the ground, head to Rainbow Springs wildlife park to view native flora and fauna, including New Zealand's national icon the kiwi. Then head to the neighbouring Skyline Rotorua, accessed by a scenic gondola ride up Mount Ngongotaha. Enjoy lunch with stunning views over Lake Rotorua, then race down the slopes on a three-wheel cart or take your time and enjoy the scenery.

A cultural feast

Experience a traditional cultural performance at the famous New Zealand Maori Art and Craft Institute located at Te Puia. Enjoying captivating displays of traditional weaponry, before taking a turn and trying poi dancing and the fearsome haka. Dine under the stars on indigenous cuisine in the midst of Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, with the Pohutu geyser and steam vents illuminated as a natural, spectacular backdrop.