24 Hours in Rotorua Bubbling pools of mud, shooting water geysers, beautiful scenery, fabulous shopping, delicious dining and more adventure sports than you can poke a stick at. These are just some of the things that Rotorua has to offer. So, how can you possibly pack all these things into 24 hours? Well, the short answer is, you can’t! But you can certainly have a good crack at it.
Situate yourself in one of the many great resorts, lodges, campgrounds or hotels in Rotorua. Rotorua accommodation ranges from camping and backpackers to luxury lodges and stunning hotels, so finding some that suit your budget and circumstances shouldn’t be tight.
Morning in Rotorua
Start your day at the Hot Springs Cafe at the Polynesian Spa for a delicious cafe breakfast. Once breakfast is complete, it’s time to soak away the stress of travelling in one of the hot mineral pools. If you started your day nice and early there might be time to sneak in a spa treatment too – try the signature Rotorua Mud Body Wrap or the Mud Polish and Massage Combo.
From here the Rotorua Museum is only a short walk along the lake where you can learn about the rich culture of the area, the volatile landscape of the thermal fields and exciting stories of local legendary figures. The museum features innovative exhibitions and entertaining short films. You will need to spend a minimum of two hours here to get a good overview of the history of Rotorua.
Afternoon in Rotorua
A short walk into town to the historic Pig & Whistle Pub to refuel with some of their famous fish and chips and a refreshing glass of kiwi wine and then on the road again. This time we’re heading for Te Puia, Rotorua’s Maori Arts & Crafts Centre and the location of some stunning geothermal activity including active geysers, boiling water pools and steaming mud. You can also catch a Maori cultural performance and take a guided tour of the geothermal valley.
A half-hour river jet ride combines the thrill of a jet boat ride with the opportunity to see some of Rotorua’s stunning scenery, and it won’t take up to much of your precious time. Don’t forget to pack a set of spare clothes though – not even the supplied ponchos are going to keep you dry on this trip.
Evening in Rotorua
A traditional Hangi and cultural show is the perfect way to end your day in Rotorua. Tamaki Maori village offers a 3.5-hour journey including a three-course hangi dinner, a thrilling Maori song and cultural dance show and free transport in and out of the Rotorua forest from your accommodation in Rotorua.
After a very long, full-day, you’ll be happy to get back to your Rotorua accommodation for a good night’s sleep to recharge the batteries. Although there are so many more things to see and do in Rotorua, if time is against you, our suggested itinerary will make sure you understand and experience a little bit of everything that Rotorua has to offer. And maybe next time you’ll plan to stay a bit longer.
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