Step into a unique landscape of utter beauty; a region offering authentic Maori cultural encounters, thrilling adventure, and bubbling mud pools.
Rotorua is known for showcasing our fascinating Maori culture, mud pools, shooting geysers, and natural hot springs as the seething power of inner earth comes to the surface. Boasting 18 incredible lakes, three major rivers, and the mighty Mount Tarawera; these treasured natural assets are all part of Rotorua’s allure.
The region is host to some incredible fishing locations with trophy trout to be had year round on the lakes, rivers and streams. Adventure is right around the corner on the Kaituna River, with White Water Rafting on the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall; or perhaps you are tempted by the soothing powers of the regions many natural hot springs. Whatever your inclination, you’ll be wishing you had more time!
Local Lux Selected Experiences
Luxury Yacht Charter
Enjoy a genuine, personal, unmistakably New Zealand experience on board a luxury sailing catamaran on Lake Rotoiti. You’ll be guaranteed high levels of comfort and service on this beautiful 53 foot yacht with its spacious saloon, cockpit and large deck.
You can be as relaxed or energetic as you wish by helping sail the yacht, swimming in the lake through caves, soaking in the lake edge thermal pools or relaxing on the bean bags and watching the native scenery slip by under full sail. Add to the experience with a relaxed BBQ lunch served while anchored in a quiet cove.
Adventure Day – Mountain Bike , Raft, Kayak and Hot Pools
You’ll be met at your accommodation this morning for a privately guided day of adventure. First off, Mountain Biking. The Whakarewarewa Forest is one of New Zealand’s premiere mountain biking destinations; here you’ll be fitted to your bike and in discussion with your guide choose from incredible single track, beautiful forest backroads or the more adventurous jump tracks – with over 100kms of purpose-built trails there’s something for every level of experience.
Out of the saddle and after a hot drink your guide will drive you to Okere Falls – your base for the rest of the day. Changing from your bike clothes to rafting fleece, wetsuits and booties and after a thorough safety briefing, experience Waterfall Rafting on the Kaituna River. With only 45minutes on water, raft through stunning river gorges laden with Maori lore and exciting Grade 5+ rapids including 3 waterfalls from 1m, 3m and 7m (this last one being the tallest commercially rafted waterfall in the world). Enjoy a fun surf at the end before returning to base for showers and lunch at the local eco-store.
For the final leg of the day it’s back into a warm fleece and lifejackets before unloading the kayaks at nearby Lake Rotoiti then paddling approximately 30 minutes across scenic waters to a natural thermal hot pool, only accessible by boat. Soak and relax at your leisure before returning in your kayaks and the short drive back to Rotorua.
Why drive when you can fly and why go to the airport when you can take off from the lake. Lake Rotorua is your departure runway for this amazing scenic flight and visit to the incredible ‘Hidden Valley’ Fly over Mokoia Island and then on to the volcanic peak of Mount Tarawera. From above you’ll get impressive views of vast volcanic rifts, distant national parks and our treasured lakes. Flying south you will gain an appreciation of what local Maori term the ‘Sisters of Fire’, where volcanic activity has pierced the earth surface across the fault line forming the reserves of Waimangu and Wai-O-Tapu before landing on the mighty Waikato River at Orakei Korako.
The Hidden Valley’ is an amazing opportunity to experience hot springs, gushing geysers and some of the largest silica terraces in the world. A natural beauty this really is hidden geothermal wonderland. Completing this journey is the short flight back to Rotorua across stunning pastoral lands before landing either at the Rotorua city lakefront.