The Best Rated Rotorua Adventure Activities

Known as the rest and relaxation capital of the country, a lot of visitors end up talking to us at Rotorua SuperPasses about the best spas and pools to spend their vacation. Visitors are often surprised to see the huge list of Rotorua adventure activities and adventure tourism experiences available in the city. It’s not all about relaxing in the pools; Rotorua has all the thrills and excitement to pump adrenaline into your holiday and create some fantastic memories. While NZ is known for bungying jumping – there’s so much more to tackled. Are you ready?

When you’re booking your holiday in the North Island, make sure you talk to us at Rotorua SuperPasses about a few of these top rated Rotorua adventure activities and get the most out of your vacation.

Canopy Tours

Experience the thrill of flying high over the canopy of untouched virgin native New Zealand Rainforest with Rotorua Canopy Tours. Rated the number one activity to do in Rotorua on TripAdvisor, the 3 hour Zip-line (flying-fox) eco adventure has been described as a “life changing unforgettable experience”. Your tour will start at their base in Rotorua where two experienced guides will get you and your small group harnessed up and ready before you will take a short scenic drive out of town to the Mamaku Forest. It will feel like you are a million miles from civilisation as you start your adventure in to the forest where you will find your first zip-line which will take you to a tree top perch within the forest canopy. This tour Family friendly and is suitable for all ages.

Kawarau Jet

Experience the thrill of flight parasailing on Lake Rotorua with Kawarau Jet. Ride tandem or take a solo flight behind a high-speed parasail boat. If parasailing doesn’t sound like your thing, you and eleven others could take the Kawarau Jet across the lake to Ohau Channel and then through to Lake Rotoiti. Enjoy high-speed and exciting spins before stopping off at Manupirua Hot Pools for a relaxing afternoon soaking up the water.


Rotorua is the birthplace of Zorbing, a unique ride that allows you to experience weightlessness and extreme G-force. Get strapped into the specially designed, 3.5-metre flexible plastic Zorb ball and tumble your way down a hill on your own or with a friend. It’s fast, it’s fun and it’s uniquely Kiwi.

4×4 Bush Safari

If you want to see the bush but don’t want to spend hours hiking through it, you might be interested in a 4wd Bush Safari with Off Road NZ. Tackle steep climbs, roar over muddy terrain, speed through rushing rivers and down a terrifying 6 metre high drop. It’s an incredible adventure through thick New Zealand forest – there’s no better way to enjoy the country’s native landscape.

Velocity Valley

Have you ever been on a Shweeb? Rotorua offers you the chance to do just that. A shweeb is a bullet-shaped pod that is suspended under two tracks that run along 200ms, 7m up in the air. There are minimum fitness requirements for this adventure as the pods are powered by your legs alone. Race your family and friends at up to 45km p/h over 600ms – race for country pride. Beat the record and your name can be added to the Rail of Fame at Velocity Valley. The Shweeb is a world first and can only be found at Velocity Valley in Rotorua. You can’t miss this! Our tip – lean into the corners, hands on your knees and go hard from the start.


Try out NZ’s newest and longest state of the art outdoor karting track. Suit up, helmet on and race over the 1.2km track, reaching speeds of up to 100kms p/h. Feel the adrenaline of taking on hairpin corners, curves and long straights – but don’t take your eye of the track! Spend an afternoon in Rotorua challenging not only your family and friends but yourself as well. Put your courage and driving skills to the test and experience all the action. You must be at least 14 years of age and 1.4 m in height to take on this challenge.

Fill your holiday with adrenaline, action and adventure and get more out of your stay – don’t just relax in the spas or by the pools at Rotorua! Tackle some of the exciting challenges offered in the city with us at Rotorua SuperPasses. We can help you to create memories that will last a lifetime. We can’t wait to see you here!