Our Winter Guide to Rotorua

Rotorua is a popular tourist destination in New Zealand that attracts visitors all year round, regardless of the weather. There are numerous winter-friendly activities, and we have put together a list of our favourites. Whether you are on a tight budget or travelling with a big group, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Geothermal Wonders

Rotorua is well known for its geothermal activity. Whether you want to see some amazing geothermal sights, or bathe in some geothermal hot pools – Rotorua is the place for you. Kuirau Park is New Zealand’s only geothermal public park, and it’s completely free to visit! Take a scenic walk through to see the mud pools, hot springs, and rest your feet in the thermal foot spa. Come through on a Saturday morning to enjoy the delicious food at the farmer’s market and let the kids enjoy the playground.

Waimangu Volcanic Valley is the world’s youngest geothermal valley with dramatic landscapes and lots of activity options. Perfect for the whole family, you can take a scenic walk, boat cruise, or even kayak through the steaming cliffs. Afterwards, grab a bite to eat at their café and some local treats from the store.

At the end of the day, come and relax in our private hot pools here at Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park. Free to use for all park residents, these are perfect for a soak after a winter’s day. 

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Indoor Activities

Looking for an indoor activity to escape the elements? Visit Motion Entertainment Rotorua, New Zealand’s number one entertainment mall. There’s something for all-ages: bowling, Chipmunks, mini golf, escape rooms, Timezone arcade, laser tag and more! It’s easy to spend a whole day here. Be sure to book your bowling lane or activity slot in advance, as Motion Entertainment is a popular hotspot.

For a cosy and cuddly experience, head to Fancy Meow Cat Café, New Zealand’s only cat café with purebred cats and kittens. Sip on a hot drink while surrounded by furry felines, making for a purr-fectly relaxing afternoon.

And don't forget to explore the historical intrigue of The Buried Village Rotorua, where the echoes of the past whisper tales of the eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886. Wander through the excavated village ruins and museum exhibits to uncover the haunting beauty of this preserved historic site.

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Cultural Experiences

Rotorua is also famous for its rich Māori culture and history. At Te Puia you can experience several aspects of Māori culture, from a sacred Marae to a Kiwi Conservation Centre. You can also see the geyser by night, with a unique interactive guided tour. If you just want to have some great food, you can visit their restaurant without a park pass. Te Puia and their restaurant are currently open Wednesday to Sunday with a special Hangi buffet on the weekends and a Sunday brunch buffet.

If you’re looking for a more immersive experience, Mitai Māori Village is a great choice. Eat a delicious meal while enjoying a unique Māori and Pasifika blended performance. Open Thursday to Sunday, this is an educational and entertaining activity for the whole family.

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Outdoor Adventures

Rotorua fully embraces outdoor adventures with activities available year-round. From leisurely strolls to challenging hikes and exhilarating mountain biking, there's something to suit every preference.

The Whakarewarewa Forest stands as one of Rotorua's most treasured assets. Its extensive network of trails offers opportunities to immerse yourself in nature, seek shelter under the dense canopy, marvel at diverse flora and fauna, and rejuvenate with fresh forest air.

Whether you have an hour or half a day to spare, exploring the forest won't cost anything. 

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Book your accommodation at Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park today to make the most of our on-site hot pools and great location. See you soon!

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