Rotorua offers up so many activities and attractions that it can be difficult to choose what your family should splash your cash on and will most enjoy, so we put together our top 5 Rotorua must do attractions.  I’d suggest taking in a mix of cultural, geothermal, farming and kiwi attractions. We recommend the following attractions;

Tamaki Maori Village

This cultural experience in amazing, we loved every minute of it. You are collected from your accommodation and driven to Tamaki Maori village where you are welcomed by the tribe. There is a cultural show, a look at past village life and a big traditionally cooked feast to end the evening. Read our review here

Rotorua Top 5
Tamaki Maori Village NZ

Te Puia

Experience mother nature’s force at Te Puia home to the Pohutu geyser. We enjoyed a lunch cooked in the steam and a great guided tour of the park. See traditional Maori carving being crafted and a cultural show. Te Puia has great Geothermal activity on show with boiling mud and the Geyser. Read our Te Puia review here

Top 5 Rotorua

Hells Gate

For more Geothermal amazement we visited Hells Gate Geothermal park. Here we not only spotted boiling pools of water, gurgling bubbling mud and a mud volcano we also took things one step further and decided to get up close and personal with the volcanic mud by way of a full body mud bath. Read all about our muddy experience here

Rotorua Top 5


New Zealand is famous for its sheep so we wanted to meet some on our visit so, we visited the Agrodome. The farm show here is great, super entertaining and a must for those that don’t have a lot of contact with farming and or farm animals at home. The show features sheep dogs, cow milking, shearing and kids get the change to bottle feed a lamb. Then there is a farm tour to feed Alpacas and sheep. Read our review here

Rotorua top 5

Rainbow Springs

If you’re visiting NZ you need to see Kiwi! Rainbow Springs offers a behind the scenes Kiwi tour to get a backstage glimpse of Kiwi chicks and Kiwi eggs. Visitors to Rainbow Springs are also able to witness the Kiwi after dark as it wakes up to forage. Read our review here

Rotorua top 5 attractions

We also really enjoyed free activities like just taking an ice cream down to the lake in the evenings and having a walk or checking out the geothermal activity in Kuirau park which is 100% free or visiting the redwoods out of town. Rotorua is also home to some great playgrounds. Our favourites were on the lakefront and beside the museum. You will never be bored in Rotorua.

Nearby – Waitomo Caves

If you do have a free day to spare (and I would urge you to try), we highly recommend venturing a little further afield and visiting the amazing Waitomo caves to check out the Glow Worms. Read about our Glow Worm experience here

Waitomo Caves
Image Courtesy of Discover Waitomo and Legendary Black Water Rafting Co.

Enjoy your trip, New Zealand is home to so much amazing scenery and so many unique experiences.



  1. Neville Fisher Reply

    Thanks for this informative post. We are going over this year and we will certainly take a look at these attractions.

  2. Very informative. We will definitely see these attractions when we are there

    • The Wandering Mum Reply

      Have a great trip Charlie. Tell the Maori chief we said hi 😉

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