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Redwoods Forest

Redwoods Forest, also known as the Whakarewarewa; offers a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities ranging from day and night-time tree walks, mountain biking and horse-riding tracks.

Rotorua Canopy Tours

Explore the canopies as you fly on a network of ziplines, swing bridges, cliff-walks and tree top platforms. Be absorbed by the beauty and go deep into the wilderness to experience prehistoric New Zealand forest at its best. Accompanied by two highly trained guides, every plant and tree species you see, you will not see in any other country on earth!!

Velocity Valley Adrenaline

Where speed, adrenaline and fear collide. There are a total of six adrenaline challenges to choose from including bungy jumping, Freefall parachute, jet sprint boating, Shweeb racing pods and Swoop giant sky swing.

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The Rotorua Lakes District is a fisher’s paradise for anyone keen to hook a prize rainbow or brown trout from one of our 13 fishable lakes, and several rivers and streams. Fully licensed guides and vessels will take you to their favourite spots.

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Ride up the Gondola and choose your adventure activity from racing down the luge, flying high across the zoom ziplines or be hoisted 50 metres on Skyswing. Enjoy a scenic dinner at the Stratosfare Restaurant and Bar which is set amongst the stars atop of Mt Ngongotaha.


Superman dive into a giant inflatable ball and roll down Mt Ngongotaha with ZORB, where the fun will have you laughing uncontrollably. Owned and operated by the Kiwi inventors, discover three different ball rolling tracks - the choice is yours!

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Glow Worm Kayaking

Choose the Scenic Lake Rotoiti Day tour and paddle past the cascading native bush before entering the glow worm cave. Glide further across the lake before you arrive at the Manupirua Hot Pools which are only accessible by water.

Horse Trekking Lake Okareka

You can explore 1500 acres of rolling sheep and cattle producing farmland or be guided through 500 acres of native bush between the volcanic Lake Okareka, Lake Tarawera and the famous Blue and Green Lakes. They have horses to suit all abilities. This is a horse rider’s paradise with stunning panoramic views.

Rotorua Rafting

Spectacular white water rafting on the Kaituna River. With NZ scenery and Maori history lining the gorge, white water rafting doesn’t get any better than this.

The Squeeze

Prepare for the perfect fantasy experience with the thrills of a jet boat ride, the serenity of New Zealand’s untouched nature, the adventure of squeezing through tight rock passages and the refreshment of dipping in a mystical hot spring waterfall.

Off Road New Zealand

Get ready for a unique and unforgettable, ground-breaking off-road adventure in the country. Off-Road NZ's adrenaline packed activities include Raceline Karting, Monster 4x4 Thrill Rides and 4WD Bush Safaris. A must do activity for the adrenaline junkies.

New Zealand Cycle Trail

Dubbed ‘Thermal by Bike’, Te Ara Ahi is a leisurely journey through Rotorua’s volcanic wonderland of steaming vents, bubbling mud pools and spectacular geysers.

Katoa Lake Rotorua Jetboating

Feel as though you're flying on these epic rides with spins, speed, and heights! Powerful V8 engines propel you through the water clocking speeds of up to 80km/hr. Explore iconic landmarks including Sulphur Bay, Kawaha Point, and Mokoia Island and learn about the history of the area.

Rotorua Speedway

Get your motor running by watching a night of crash and bash speedway. Running on a track of clay and lime, they have seven different classes which race most week. Go along and experience a night of unforgettable speedway experience.

Te Puia

Uncover the enthralling history of both the museum and the gardens. Take a guided tour with knowledgeable museum staff who describe Rotorua's volatile landscape, rich culture and legendary figures while you explore the historic grounds.

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Explore the country's most colourful geothermal attraction. Highlights are the Lady Knox Geyser which erupts daily at 10.15am, the Geothermal park and the largest NZ mud pool.


Mitai Maori Village

Indigenous cultural experience incorporating a traditional hangi, cultural performance, warrior canoe and sacred freshwater spring. Learn about history, carvings and ta moko (tattoo art).

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The Buried Village

Discover the stories and legends of the eruption of Mt Tarawera at New Zealand's most visited archaeological site, the Buried Village of Te Wairoa. Learn of the iconic Pink and White terraces and the destruction caused by this famous natural disaster.

Ohinemutu Maori Village

Living Maori village on the shores of Lake Rotorua. Features a Marae and St Faith’s church. Visitors are welcome to walk around and enjoy the steaming vents, boiling hot pools, and natural beauty.

Tamaki Maori Village

An award-winning New Zealand cultural attraction with powerful performances and ceremonial rituals. Travel back to a time of ancient traditions and brave warriors. Discover the protocols, customs, and stories sacred to our indigenous people at Tamaki Māori Village.


Enter Te Whakarewarewa Valley and experience the unique Māori culture and heritage of the village. The Living Māori Village is owned and operated by local residents, providing an intimate look into day-to-day life in a Living Māori Village. For over 200 years the Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao tribe have welcomed visitors into their backyard, opening the doors to their way life and sharing the geothermal treasures.

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Mountain Jade

Home to the largest and most diverse collection of pounamu in NZ. Step into the workshop and meet local artists as they work, discover the art and stories that make up the gallery.

Polynesian Spa

Polynesian Spa is New Zealand’s original and iconic geothermal bathing experience, with exclusive access to both acidic and alkaline natural mineral springs, and unique spa therapies for the ultimate in rest and relaxation.

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Lakeland Queen Scenic Cruise

Lakeland Queen is a heritage styled vessel that operates on the beautiful and historical Lake Rotorua. It is the only one of its kind in New Zealand and the gentle pace of its paddle provides a relaxing cruise, perfect for exploring the areas geothermal features, natural wonders and stunning views.

Lakeview Golf

Lakeview Golf and Country Club is a unique free-draining 18 hole, par 72 course with undulating fairways and challenging greens. Enjoy stunning views of Lake Rotorua, Mokoia Island and surrounding countryside. Hazards include bunkers and native bush-clad gorges.

Secret Spot Hot Tubs

Enjoy your own secluded tub, set outside amongst the tree ferns with optional umbrellas over the tub to shade you from the sun or rain. At night you can soak in a magical setting of lanterns.

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Hells’ Gate

NZ only mud spa complex where you can enjoy an interactive guided or self-guided tour before relaxing in the geothermal muds and sulphur waters. You can soak and relax in an outdoor mud pool, mud bath or sulphur spa.

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Motion Entertainment

An indoor entertainment centre like no other! With 8 operators under one roof, they have something for everyone. Experiences from Chipmunks, laser tag, mini golf or escape room, you are guaranteed to have fun.


Get lost in 1.4 kilometres of winding hedge lined pathways where the object of this maze is to find your way to the centre. There is also a small animal petting experience, aviary and playground. Everyone can enjoy McGregor’s garden with raised garden beds full of in season fruit, berries and vegetables.

3d Trick Art Gallery

3D Trick Art Gallery features over 50 pieces of life-size and hyper realistic murals inspired from nature and lifestyle, make sure you have your camera ready when you visit here.

Paradise Valley Springs

Enjoy wild animals, sociable farm animals and a wide selection of birds. There is also a pride of African Lions where the afternoon feeding show is a great time to see the lions active, and to learn more about the pride.

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Duck Tours

It’s time to explore Rotorua and what better way than with a Rotorua City & Lakes tour with Rotorua Duck Tours. The 90-minute tour visits 3 stunning lakes and a bird sanctuary.

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Orakei Korako

Come and explore a volcanic world of gushing geysers, hot springs, bubbling mud pools and some of the largest and most amazing silica terraces in the world. Wander through the Hidden Valley and visit the thermal Ruatapu Cave which extends more than 36m down into volcanic tuff to the 'Waiwhakaata' or 'Pool of Mirrors' hot pool at the bottom.

Lake Tarawera

Discover the natural, cultural and historical wonders of Lake Tarawera with our range of guided and unguided experiences.Take a water taxi to stunning Hot Water Beach, hike the famous Tarawera Trail, or take a journey of cultural discovery with our exclusive Ancestral Footprints Tour.

Government Gardens

Beautiful public park situated on the edge of Lake Rotorua. A walk through Government Gardens takes you to see ancient bubbling geothermal pools, traditional and modern Māori-inspired art, sculptures, and perfectly manicured grounds for bowls, croquet, petanque and golf. You’ll also find a soldiers’ memorial for the servicemen of the local Te Arawa tribe, the Klamath Falls Rose Gardens, Te Runanga Tearooms, a band rotunda and various buildings of historic interest.


Eat Streat

The bustling hub of Eat Streat boasts a dozen or so restaurants and bars, one boutique nightclub, and the iconic Lady Janes Ice Cream Parlour – all in one spot that’s as long as a city block. The covered central walkway is the focal point for this all-weather al fresco dining area, making it ideal for year-round entertainment. Found at the “lake end” of Tutanekai Street, you’ll satisfy any craving from pub fare and steaks, to tapas, Indian, Italian and much more.

Urbano Bistro

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving modern innovative cusine coupled with excellent service in a comfortable atmosphere. Using New Zealand produce to create mouth-watering dishes.

Stratosfare Restaurant

Set amongst the stars atop Mount Ngongotaha, enjoy a delicious Lunch or Dinner featuring a stunning array of freshly prepared and cooked-to-order dishes highlighting locally sourced seafood, meat and produce. The contemporary ambience features luxurious Italian marble, granite, schist, timber and David Trubridge lights, while the panoramic view of Lake Rotorua is a sight to behold.

Scope Café

People’s choice winner for Best Café. Wild about Flavour, Scope’s all day breakfast and lunch menu is a fusion of delectable wild flavours, with a twist creating mouth-watering dishes...from our a la carte menu to the vast selection of savoury and sweet delights gracing the counter, everything is prepared and made in house.

Fat Dog Café

NZ Owned and operated, open for breakfast and lunch. Since 1995 Fat Dog has become known to be the most funky and quirky café in Rotorua. A famous institution with a loyal fan base of people who are proud to be ‘addicted to the dog’. A casual atmosphere with a huge variety of delicious, creative food and drinks. The generous servings feature fresh and locally grown ingredients.

Lone Star

We are committed to providing heartfelt service and we strive to exceed your expectations. Whether it’s the friendly greeting as you arrive, the delicious food or the inviting dining surroundings, we want you to enjoy a memorable experience at our Restaurant. At Lone Star, a fun, unpretentious night out is guaranteed.

Pataka Kai at Te Puia

Located at Te Puia, the cultural food and beverage experience, Pātaka Kai, makes for a truly unforgettable feast. Enjoy spectacular geothermal views while enjoying a range of delicious Kiwi flavours with free access to the cafe and restaurant. The food infuses Māori flavours, with an array of global cuisines and cooking styles.

Kinaki Food Tours

The indigenous people of New Zealand have a significant bond with the earth and sky. The connection to Papatuānuku (the Earth Mother) ensured Māori good health and prosperity. Experience Maori food tours on the shore of Lake Rotoma.

Jet Park Hotel Rotorua

We understand that your pets are part of the family and so we would like to make it easier to travel with them! Our spacious pet room has the basic amenities to guarantee a good night’s sleep for both you and your pets! Includes pet bed with blanket, food, water and pet treats, outdoor pet wash station.

The Redwoods Forest

The Redwoods is a favourite place for people to walk their dogs. Dogs are required to be on a lead. Even though your dog maybe very well-behaved others do not know that. The area across the road from the Redwoods is made available by Scion for the public to walk and where you can also run your dog off lead. There are no walking tracks as such but you can wander through the trees and open spaces at your leisure.

Blue Lake Circuit

The Blue Lake is one of the closest lakes to Rotorua. It’s clear blue waters are popular with water skiers, swimmers and boaties. An easy walking track circles the lake taking in beautiful beaches, native bush and the exotic conifers of the Whakarewarewa Forest. There are good views over the Blue Lake and the nearby Green Lake Rotokakahi. Dogs on leash only, swimming beach.

Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park

Paid admission by ferry, unique geothermal park, dogs are welcome at Orakei Korako provided your pet is on a leash at all times and any messes that may occur are cleaned up. It is the owner’s responsibility for the care of their dog and to make sure the dog is safe with other people along the walk.

Wright Park

Off-lease exercise area, access off Icarus Place, Pegasus Drive, Castor Place, Helena Place & Orion Street, no water area.

Exercise areas

Boyes Park Reserve

Close to hotel, off-lead exercise area, no water area, access off Carlton, Wylie, Duncan & Ranolf Streets. To see a full list of the areas that dogs are welcome, please refer to the PDF’s for a list of dog exercise areas.

Exercise areas

Hannah’s Bay Wetlands

Hannah’s Bay is located on the road that takes you out of Rotorua towards Whakatane. Loop park with boardwalk and wetlands area, on and off-lead area, swimming lake.

Exercise areas

Urbano Bistro

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving modern innovative cuisine coupled with excellent service in a comfortable atmosphere. Using New Zealand produce to create mouth-watering dishes. Pet-friendly alfresco dining.

Lake Okaro Reserve

The reserve is located from Waimangu Road. Surrounded by farms, the lake has poor water quality but is safe for recreational activities including trout fishing and water-skiing. The lake is home to the grey teal, paradise shelduck and dabchick. Dogs permitted on leads.

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Sparkles Dog Grooming Service

Specializing in small -medium size pooches and are well known for their special touch with shy dogs. A specially designed grooming home salon ensures your pooch is comfortable and safe while in my care. Sparkles dogs are treated with love and kindness just like they were our own dogs, lots of Hugs and reassurance goes a long way! Every dog is handled calmly & professionally, Humanity before vanity applies.

Walks and Hikes in Rotorua

You’ll find some of the most unique walking and hiking experiences in the country in Rotorua, with treetop walkways, walks alongside bubbling mud pools, and so much more. 

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Good Eastern Taphouse

Dedicated to craft beer, offering good bar food, and has a great outdoor area for mountain bikers, dogs are welcome at the restaurant outdoor area.

Eastwood Cafe

Located at Scion Research which is where the off-leash area is for dogs, they are fully licensed with local craft beer and wine on tap, offering wood-fired pizzas for you and Puperoni treats for your dog.