Things To Do in Rotorua | Attractions | Rydges Rotorua

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Read through our list of popular attractions and things to do in Rotorua.

Located in a park like setting on the edge of Rotorua's Arawa Racecourse, Rydges Rotorua boasts panoramic views across the city to Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island. The hotel is central to many of Rotorua's famous attractions and activities. It is also within easy walking distance of the Central Business District, Rotorua Convention Centre and Whakarewarewa geysers.

Te Puia

Te Puia is the premier Maori Cultural centre in New Zealand - a place of gushing water, steaming vents, boiling mud pools and spectacular geysers.

Pohutu is the largest of several geysers in the valley.  It erupts on average once or twice each hour and can reach heights of 30 metres (100 feet).

Māori people have been living in the area for almost 700 years, and Te Puia offers a chance to find out more about Māori, their culture and land. It's an opportunity to learn about their knowledge and their history, handed down from generation to generation

Opening hours: 8.00am - 5.00pm daily

Contact the hotel for bookings

Skyline Skyrides and Luge

Enjoy taking the eight-seater Doppelmayr gondola to the top of Mount Ngongotaha (487 metres above sea level).  Once there, you can take in 180 degree panoramic views of Lake Rotorua, the City and surrounding area.

Then enjoy the luge!  A world first proudly designed and built in Rotorua.  A fun-filled gravity ride on a three-wheel cart using a unique braking and steering system, giving the rider full control.  Return to the top of Mount Ngongotaha by chairlift.

Now with two chairlifts and six entry points which will excite the most seasoned luger.  A choice of 3 tracks with a combined total of 5kms of track options to ride!

Open 7 days from 9.00am

Contact the hotel for bookings

Rainbow Springs

Rainbow Springs is truly an attraction like no other.

With plenty of things for the family and children to do.Feeding the trout, meeting New Zealand's unique wildlife up close and personal, bird feeding and also a entertaining Bird Show.

The Big Splash is New Zealands Newest Themed water ride.  A nine minute ride on a 8 seater boat which takes you back to when dinosaurs were extinct. An exhilarating ride accompanied by the witty commentary from the Rainbow Crew.Make sure you hold on tight for the big splash at the end.

Come back at night and see the Kiwis as they come out to play for no additional charge.

Open Daily 8am-late

Polynesian Spa

The spa offers a choice of 26 hot mineral bathing pools and an enticing array of spa therapies.

The Lake Spa is Polynesian Spa's deluxe bathing and relaxation haven. Clients to this area can use the deluxe Lake Spa pools, four rock pools of varying temperatures from 36ºC to 43ºC, set invitingly alongside the shores of Sulphur Bay, Lake Rotorua. These pools are landscaped with native flora and designed with the creative use of natural rocks; the pools are a unique environment of tranquility and beauty. The spacious changing rooms are well appointed with security lockers, soap, shampoo, towels and hairdryers for client use.

For those clients wishing to experience the ultimate in relaxation, the Lake Spa Retreat offers clients an enticing array of spa therapies.

Opening hours:

Daily 8am - 11pm

Last bathing enty: 10.15pm

Spa therapies: 10am - 7pm

Waiotapu Geothermal Wonderland

Wai O Tapu Is New Zealand's most colorful and diverse volcanic area. 

The walks take visitors on a journey through stunning geothermal activity and unforgettable vistas. Experience the raw beauty and sheer power that Mother Nature Offers. Stimulate the senses with the sights and sounds of geothermal activity,colorful springs,bubbling water,plopping mud and sizzling earth.

The Lady Knox Geyser erupts Daily at 10.15am reaching heights of up to 20 metres.

Walks through the area vary between 30 to 75 minutes.

Free Translations of the guide map are provided to maximise your appreciation of this unique thermal eco-system.

Open Daily:8.30-5.00pm

Last admission 3.45pm

Redwood Forest

Escape into the beautiful Whakarewarewa Forest, one of Rotorua's most spectacular natural assets.

Here you can experience some of the finest walking and mountain bike trails in the World. Not to mention taking in superb panoramic views of Rotorua city, lake and surrounding District.

Entry to the forest, tracks, Gift Shop and Visitor Centre is free.

Open Daily and is just a 5 minute drive fron the City Centre.

Canopy Tours

New Zealand’s ONLY Native Forest Zipline Canopy Tour.

As the #1 ranked activity in the North Island on TripAdvisor, Rotorua Canopy Tours is a guided 3 hour eco adventure through the evergreen native forests of the Mamaku Plateau, only a very short drive from Rydges Rotorua. 

For 3 hours, escorted by 2 highly trained guides with no more than 10 people, you will experience one of the North Island’s last remaining remnants of untouched forest in the most exciting and unique of ways.

Take on the sights, smells and sounds of the forest on a tour where you will see tree and bird species not seen on any other country on earth – centuries old giant trees, monster tree ferns and perching plants dominate the landscape that has never been modified by human beings. If you are lucky you may even hand feed wild native birds.

The journey traverses a 1.2 km network of ziplines (flying foxes) walking trails, suspended bridges and treetop platforms up to 22 metres above the ground. Along the way the guides will bring the forest to life as you learn about its history, inhabitants and the conservation dream driving it all.

The highlight for many is the jaw dropping 220 metre “Tui Song” zipline where you step out of the canopy of a 500 year old Rimu tree and fly over a long forgotten valley deep into the forest beyond – one of six  zipline flights.

When you're visiting Rotorua to take part in great activities such as this, Rydges Rotorua should be your hotel of choice. Click here to view our rooms and packages.

Spa at QE

Spa at QE on the lakefront in Rotorua is a genuine geothermal health spa. 

With its roots in delivering rehabilitation to soldiers returning from World War II, Spa at QE has been providing therapeutic treatments for more than 70 years, and continues today as a treatment centre for people with all forms of arthritis and chronic pain.  

As the direct successor to the original Bath House, now the Rotorua Museum, the tradition of skilled, professional and well trained therapists continues.  

Spa at QE incorporates the local alkaline mineral water, steam and volcanic mud into its treatments, giving you a real taste of how beneficial these natural resources can be for your health and wellbeing. 

Take a look at our special packages within "Offers" for treatments with Spa at QE

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