5 Must-Try Adrenaline Activities in Rotorua

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Rotorua is a fantastic tourism destination with a wide range of activities. While Rotorua has gorgeous native bush, stunning scenery and geothermal wonders, Rotorua has an incredible range of high-adrenaline activities. Whether you’ve visited Rotorua before or it is your first time, there is sure to be something to leave your heart racing!

If you want adrenaline, then look no further! Mountain biking, luging, or swinging off the side of a mountain on the Skyswing you will find it all at Skyline Rotorua! Take the Gondola to see phenomenal views of the city and Lake Rotorua before you zig zag down the luge. You’re in full control of your gravity-powered go-cart as you rush through native bush at Rotorua Skyline’s Luge.

Maybe you’ve come to Rotorua for Mountain Biking and Mountain Biking alone. In that case, check out the Skyline Mountain Bike Park. It has challenges ranging from intermediate to expert difficulty. There are plenty of jumps and obstacles on the tracks providing challenging rides for even the most experienced mountain bikers – the track has been home to a stop on the global Crankworx circuit since 2015 If you love mountain biking, then the Skyline Mountain Bike Park has it all for you!

What comes up, must go down at Rotorua Skyline’s Skyswing! Feel the rush of fear as you’re hoisted up 50m above Skyline Rotorua and get breath-taking views across Lake Rotorua. When you pull the release, you’ll accelerate to speeds of 150kph out over the edge of Mount Ngongotahā.

Regardless of what gives you an adrenaline rush, there is sure to be a high-octane gravity-fueled activity for you!


The Kaituna River is a fast-paced force of nature! This fantastic rafting experience takes you down 3 waterfalls including the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world – the 7m Tutea Falls. The waterfalls will be sure to push you out of your comfort zone, and possibly into the river! No experience is needed for this invigorating trip, but the minimum age for all rafting options is at least 10 years old. Be sure to book a trip down the Kaituna river next time you come through Rotorua.


Everything’s fast at Velocity Valley! Feel yourself falling on the bungy jump, or whipping across a manmade river in a jetboat, Velocity Valley has an adrenaline packed activity for you. Because of its massive range of activities and package deals, Velocity Valley is a fantastic day of adrenaline for families.


Rotorua is famous for its fantastic mountain biking trails in the Whakarewarewa Forest. Referred to as The Redwoods by locals, these trails have a range of options across the 6 grades. No matter your skill level, there will be a track in the Redwoods that will provide a challenge and get you excited.

The tracks are free to access – the 150km of continually evolving trails are accessible to everyone with a bike. What’s more, Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park is the closest holiday park to the main carpark, just 1.5 kilometers along the road, or only 2 minutes by bike.


For guests seeking the ultimate adrenaline rush, a visit to ZORB Rotorua is a must! Nestled in the heart of Rotorua, this iconic attraction offers a unique and exhilarating experience like no other. Get ready to climb inside a giant inflatable ball and roll down lush green hills at exhilarating speeds. Whether you choose the zigzag Sidewinder track for a wild ride or the straight track for pure speed, each ride promises heart-pounding fun. Perfect for all ages, ZORB Rotorua combines excitement and laughter, making it an unforgettable addition to your holiday park adventure. Don't miss out on this one-of-a-kind thrill!


With everything that Rotorua offers for adrenaline-fueled activities, you’ll need a place to relax at the end of the day. At Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park, we have hot pools that are free for guests. This is the perfect place to relax with a hot soak and catch your breath after a day of adrenaline-fueled activity. With our fantastic location, close to the city and the mountain bike trails we’re the perfect base for your exciting Rotorua adventures.

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