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Rotorua Attractions Spotlighted
Rotorua Attractions are many and varied. From a sedate wander through the Museum to extreme white water rafting, family fun luging and zorbing, spas, māori culture... it just goes on and on.
The Rotorua Museum is just one of our many attractions
On this page you will find attractions that will end up getting placed into categories as time goes on. Zorbing, the Buried Village, Glass Blowing, Paradise Valley, Wingspan, Lakeland Queen, Agroventures, Te Ara Ahi Cycle Trail and the Redwoods Treewalk.
Zorbing in Rotorua
Zorbing is so much FUN you won’t want to miss it. As you can see from the pic, it's a huge ball... with YOU inside... rolling down a hill. Wet or dry it will have you laughing like an idiot even when you're in it by yourself. Zorbing in Rotorua ≫
The Buried Village
The Buried Village of Te Wairoa is New
Zealand’s mini version of Pompeii, the Roman city buried when Mt
Vesuvius erupted. Mt Tarawera... is our volcano that erupted 10 June 1886 decimating this tiny village.
Painstaking excavation work takes place periodically to uncover precious objects connecting us to our past. These are viewed in the interactive museum which tells the story of that night and the aftermath.
For anyone interested in the age-old art of
glass blowing, the de Flute Studio & Gallery will be a 'must see'
when you visit. Beautiful pieces of glass art, attractively displayed,
shimmer and sparkle wherever one looks.
Ron Van Der Vlugt, the owner/artist works onsite creating these fabulous works of art.
Paradise Valley, Rotorua, is a number of things. It's a wildlife park situated on the edge of the Mamaku Range that has the crystal clear Waireka Spring. There are beautiful native trees, plants and ferns that can be viewed via the new canopy walkway, you can see them from the ground as well of course.
It is also the only place in New Zealand where you can get to pat and possibly hold oh so cute baby lion cubs. They are part of the pride of African lions that also live at Paradise Valley. Mmm, have I left anything out?
There wouldn't be too many places in the world where you get to bike
amongst active geothermal fields. That's what makes this 66km cycle trail such a
unique, fascinating activity. Take in Whakarewarewa, Te Puia, Waimangu, Waiotapu etc.
Don't worry, you do as much or as little as you like. Beginning at Rotorua's Government Gardens, it's family friendly all the way through to the mountain bike carpark at Waipa. From then on it's a mixture of levels finishing up at Lake Ohakuri, near Taupo.
The Redwoods Treewalk is a fun family activity that is affordable,
easily accessible, and kind to the trees. Located at Rotorua's famous Redwood forest, you'll feel quite safe traversing the 23 suspension bridges on this walk that's high, but not too high, in the canopy. Kids love it!
Without a doubt, this easy 30min walk is a real soul soother. The area is steeped in peace and tranquillity, whether it's walking amongst the giant Redwood trees, or along the banks of an icy slow moving river that is crystal clear and shot through with
of turquoise, emerald green and vivid blue. Veeery inviting. Was free but sadly, not anymore.
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