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Rotorua

Highlights

Experience a traditional Māori 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 natural geothermal activity, indigenous Māori culture and a growing adventure scene that makes the most of its stunning forests and rivers. Combine these unique elements for an unforgettable incentive.

 

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DAY ONE

Take to the lake

Start your morning on board Pure Cruise, discovering Rotorua’s unique landscape from the water. Cruise beautiful Lake Rotoiti and take a dip in the natural geothermal hot pools only accessible by boat. The more adventurous may want to explore by kayak, while the luxurious option is chartering the 53-foot catamaran Tuia.  

White water wonder

After lunch, head to the Kaituna River for a spectacular white water rafting adventure with Rotorua Rafting. Let experienced guides take you through the heart-pumping rapids – including a 7-metre drop down Tutea Falls, the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall.  

A feast in the forest

Start your evening with pre-dinner drinks and canapes high amongst the canopies of majestic 100-year old Redwood trees at Redwoods Nightlights. The series of suspension bridges traversing the treetops features exquisite lanterns by world-renowned New Zealand designer David Trubridge. 

Then move on to a delicious dinner at nearby ‘Under the Sail’ – an open air venue nestled amongst the Redwoods providing an amazing natural backdrop to your meal. 

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DAY TWO

Off the beaten track

Begin an adventure-packed morning  on the forest-clad Mamaku Plateau with Off Road NZ. Embark on a 4WD Bush Safari, race 390cc 4-stroke karts or try the adrenaline- pumping Monster 4x4 Thrill Ride. Work up an appetite before enjoying a feast in the wilderness with a barbecue lunch at their Native Bush Camp venue.  

Swing through the treetops

After lunch, enjoy a unique encounter with nature. Rotorua Canopy Tours will take your group on a guided journey through prehistoric native forest. Explore the magical setting, flying on a network of ziplines, swing bridges, cliff-walks, and treetop platforms. 

Pure Relaxation

Slow the tempo down and spend the afternoon relaxing at Polynesian Spa, an award-winning geothermal spa facility overlooking Lake Rotorua. Ease away any stress with a therapeutic soak in the steaming mineral waters, or indulge in a relaxing spa treatment. 

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DAY THREE

High fliers

After breakfast, take in a bird’s eye views of the region's unique landscape, from crater lakes to geothermal hotspots, on a helicopter tour with Volcanic Air. Visit Mount Tarawera to view the lasting impact of the massive 1886 volcanic eruption and its striking impression on the landscape

Superb skylines

Then head to the neighbouring Skyline Rotorua, accessed by a scenic gondola ride up Mount Ngongotaha. Linger over lunch while taking in the stunning views of Lake Rotorua, before descending: Either take your time and admire the scenery, or race down the slopes on a three-wheel cart! 

A cultural feast

Experience a traditional Māori cultural performance at Te Puia, complete with pōwhiri welcome and waiata (song). Try your hand at poi (dance) or to engage in a fearsome haka.  Sip pre-dinner drinks up close to the impressive Pōhutu Geyser, then engage with craftspeople at the New Zealand Māori Art and Craft Institute to learn about their traditional wood, bone, and stone carving, weaving, and tā moko – Māori tattoo.

Finish on a high, dining 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.