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What to do in Rotorua

Te Puia

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Te Puia is situated in Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve just a 5 minutes drive from central Rotorua, watch the famous Pohutu Geyser as it bubbles and shoots water high into the sky, and view Native Kiwi in a nocturnal enclosure. Te Puia is also home to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, where you can learn to weave flax leaves, and watch the students intricately carve traditional wood sculptures.

Admission and Steam Box Lunch from £63 per adult

Please Note: Tour departs daily at 11am and includes admission, a guided tour and a hands on weaving experience.

Solitaire Lodge

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

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Great for
  • Food & wine
  • Visiting friends & family

Perfect not just for fans of the movie trilogy, but also for those who’ve never set foot on a film set before. Based on some of New Zealand’s most picturesque farmland, take a 2 hour guided tour to learn the tricks of the camera, secrets of Hollywood, explore the Hobbit holes, and finish with food in the Shires Rest Café.

Either stop by on your self drive adventure on the way to Rotorua, or book a day tour including transfers from Rotorua.

From Rotorua £68 per person

Excluding transfers from £48 per person

Please Note: Tour departs daily from 1167 Fenton Street, Rotorua at 8am and 1pm, and is 4.5 hours in duration. Pick up included from certain city centre hotels - please ask for details.

Floatplane to White Island

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Great for
  • Adventure
  • Luxury travel

Take to the skies in a floatplane and fly high over Hell's Gate Thermal Park and the Pacific Ocean towards White Island. Experience nature at work with this Pacific 'Ring of Fire'. View White Island's fearsome crater from above, New Zealand's most active volcano. Your return flight will continue to exceed all expectations as you fly high above Mount Tarawera's volcanic crater rift, Waimangu Volcanic Valley and the geysers of Whakarewarewa.

From £369 per adult

Please Note: Tour departs daily (subject to weather conditions) and includes return Rotorua hotel transfers. Duration of tour is 1 hour and 10 mins. Please advise your Travel Designer of your preferred departure time. (4A)

Polynesian Spa Rotorua

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Great for
  • Adventure
  • Visiting friends & family

Unwind and relax in the natural hot mineral springs of the Polynesian Spa on the banks of Lake Rotorua, where people have been flocking to experience the healing qualities since the 1800s. With 28 pools of varying temperature, plus a luxury spa where you can choose body wraps, massages or facials, this is the ultimate place to end your days sightseeing.

From £29 per adult

Please Note: Price includes entry to Lake Spa area. Please ask for details of private hot pools.

Tamaki Tours - Hangi and Concert

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Great for
  • Adventure
  • Food & wine

Enjoy a night of truly authentic, traditional Maori entertainment, where you’ll be introduced to a world of ancient Maori culture and proud warriors. Journey back in time through the Maori village of ‘Te Tawa Ngahere Pa’ and experience pre-European lifestyle and customs with tribal songs, dances and activities. As the night unfolds share a Hangi feast, cooked the traditional way on hot stones in an earthen oven, and relax with the informal and friendly atmosphere of feasting and entertainment.

From £51 per adult

Please Note: Tour takes place three times daily, 5.30pm, 6.15pm, 7.30pm and duration is approx 4.5 hours. Price includes Rotorua return hotel transfers, Maori guide and traditional Hangi meal. Drinks are not included.

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