Winter Fun in Rotorua
Make the most of Wintertime in Rotorua!
Rotorua is well-known as a stunning destination for those who want to experience the best of New Zealand. The good news is the fun doesn’t have to stop when the weather cools! Rotorua is a top place to visit no matter the time of year, but Winter provides a great opportunity to experience Rotorua in a whole new way.
Step into Geothermal Steam at Whakarewarewa, the Living Maori Village
Not only does Whakarewarewa offer a unique cultural experience, but the local village is also situated on an active geothermal feature. Winter is an ideal time to experience this unique way of life, as visitors can better experience the significant warmth radiating from the ground. You’ll be enveloped in geothermal steam rising from the boiling hot pools and bubbling mud as you learn about how the resources are utilised in bathing, cooking and heating homes. You’ll also have the opportunity to sample a traditional Maori hangi cooked in the geothermal steam.
Discover the past at the Buried Village:
New Zealand’s most-visited archaeological site is an excellent place to explore during the cooler months. Their award-winning, indoor museum is a fascinating escape for wet-weather days; experience tales from early New Zealand settler life and learn about the catastrophic events surrounding the 1886 eruption of Mt Tarawera. For those keen to venture outside, the archaeological sites and extensive waterfall trails are breath-taking in the eerie mist of Winter. June marks the anniversary of the Mt Tarawera eruption, during which the Buried Village often hosts an open weekend with Free Entry. After exploring, warm up with a delicious treat from the historic Vi’s Teahouse, situated on site.
Get the Adrenaline Pumping at Velocity Valley
Chase away winter chills by getting your heart pumping at Velocity Valley Adventure Park. Top highlights include the 43m bungy jump, overlooking Rotorua’s Paradise Valley. Mountain Bike enthusiasts can also test their aerial skills on the park’s newest edition: a dedicated Bike Airbag. Package deals are available for groups and multiple activities, which means a full day of adventure and adrenaline for the whole family.
Soak it all in at the Polynesian Spa:
Immerse yourself in warmth at the Polynesian Spa, where the mineral-rich, natural hot-spring pools will heat you to the core and offer an excellent contrast to cooler weather. Visitors can experience a range of geothermal bathing options to suit all ages and budgets, including kids pools and private adult pools. For extra indulgence, consider one of the spa treatments, including massages, facials or a warming mud wrap using the locally sourced, geothermal mud.
These are just a few of the amazing all-weather attractions available in Rotorua year-round! If you would like to visit these attractions or any other of the best sights and attractions – buy one of our great value Super Passes before you visit Rotorua!