Rotorua, New Zealand is the perfect destination for a weekend trip out of Auckland. If you’re looking for a relaxing weekend or a weekend full of fun activities and attractions, Rotorua has something for everyone!
Here are my favorite things to do in Rotorua:
Polynesian Spa– A gorgeous spa with geothermal bathing pools, amazing massages, a cafe, and a shop to purchase Rotorua mud skincare products! The atmosphere in the geothermal pools was unbeatable! The temperatures varied from pool to pool and they were so relaxing. The spa overlooks the lake and makes for some amazing views! I also got a mud wrap and massage which was incredible. My day at the spa ended with a smoothie and some mud products to take home! The Polynesian Spa was the perfect way to relax and unwind. I would highly recommend it!
Kerosene Creek- This was the highlight of my trip to Rotorua! Kerosene Creek is a hot spring and waterfall tucked away in the forest that you can swim in. It was surreal and felt like I was in a dream! There weren’t many people there and it was such a beautiful place to be.
Redwoods Treewalk– A fun and unique way to see the Redwood Forest! Walk 12 meters above the ground on bridges connected to the trees to experience the giant trees up close! Make sure to check out the NightLights too! We went right before sunset so we got to experience the forest both during the day and when they were all lit up! Such a fun activity that’s perfect for the whole family!
Skyline Gondola & Luge– A trip to Rotorua isn’t complete without trying the Luge! Riding downhill, racing your friends, and taking in all of those gorgeous views makes for a perfect afternoon! I had so much fun taking the gondola up to see a beautiful view of the city down below, and riding the luge for the first time! I definitely want to go back!
Baked– Looking for the best treat in all of Rotorua?! Here it is! Baked is a must try bakery that specializes in donuts and cheesecake! Make sure to put it at the top of your must-visit list because before it opens, there is already a line at the door! But they are soo worth it. The donuts were to die for. We may or may not have ordered so many that we continued to eat donuts for the entire day. Best day ever.
Terrace Kitchen– We went here twice over 2 days! I loved their breakfast and couldn’t stop talking about it for half of the day. Super good food!
Wai-O-Tapu– An active geothermal “wonderland” that is mesmerizing! It is a gorgeous walk through the area to see all of the steam and vivid colors. Wai-O-Tapu is so unique and is definitely a must-see!
Have you been to Rotorua? What are your favorite attractions?
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