Discover the Top Experiences in Rotorua

Rotorua is the land of natural beauty, exciting adventures and cultural experiences. Whether it be mountain biking, hiking through the Redwoods forest or wandering through the living Maori village, there’s always something exciting to do in Rotorua. This holiday season, it’s time to focus on the gifts that can’t be wrapped: experiences.

We’ve put together some of the best things to do in Rotorua so you can start collecting memories, getting outside, and enjoying time with your loved ones.

1# Mountain Biking in the Redwoods (Whakarewarewa) Forest

It’s time to lace up and explore Rotorua’s world-class mountain biking trails. Wind your way through the towering majestic Redwoods and lush native bush and explore the expansive network offering over 160km of trails to explore. If you don’t own your own mountain bike no problem! Our friends at Mountain Bike Rotorua have your next adventure sorted with a range of bike rentals for both adults and the little ones.

2# Warm up at Kerosene Creek

Kerosene Creek is one of Rotorua’s best kept secrets off the beaten track ! Surrounded by lush native bush surroundings, this uninhabited thermal springs is located on the south road out of Rotorua, approximately 20 minutes from Holiday Inn.

3# Visit Farm Animals

If you’re an animal lover, here’s an attraction which will warm your heart. From Alpacas, llamas, Kunekune pigs, sheep, and much more, The Farm Tour offers a fun-filled close up and interactive experience with some cute furry friends.

4# See the Redwoods Forest from Birds Eye View

Ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visited the Redwoods Treewalk last year, this attraction has certainly sparked as a Rotorua must-do (and for good  reason). Walk across 700 metres of suspension bridges and enjoy an elevated view above standing amongst the 118-year old majestic gentle giants.

5# Get Lost in a Maze

Challenge yourself as you get lost navigating your way around the 1.4km of hedges at the aMAZEme Maze. It’s a fantastic outing for the whole family, and provides the perfect backdrop for a bit of friendly family competition. After you complete the maze be sure to check out the small animal enclosure and McGregor’s Garden.

6# Experience Authentic Maori Culture

It’s wouldn’t be a trip to Rotorua without a unique cultural experience. Home to New Zealand’s only Living Maori Village, Whakarewarewa offers visitors the chance to learn about Maori culture, see culture performance (including the world famous Haka) and sample traditional Maori hangi.

#7 Visit Lake Tarawera

Located just 20 minutes from Rotorua town centre, discover the wonders of the picturesque Lake Tarawera. This is one of the largest and deepest lakes of the region. On your way, be sure to stop by the Buried Village of Te Wairoa to learn about the history of the Mount Tarawera 1886 eruption, one of New Zeeland’s greatest natural disasters.

#8 Spot a Kiwi Bird at Rainbow Springs

Enjoy a fun-packed and educational experience for the whole family where you can learn about New Zealand’s natural history and come closer than ever to the creatures who call this great land of our home.

9# Roll Down a Hill in a Giant Inflatable Ball

Superman dive into a giant inflatable ball and roll down Mt Ngongotaha with ZORB where the fun will have you laughing uncontrollably. Discover FOUR different ball rolling tracks – the world’s longest zig-zag Sidewinder Track, the smooth ‘n’ fast double Straight Track, MEGA Track -the longest, fastest and steepest track in all the land, and the newest track; Big Air, our latest thrill ride. Ride with water or without water, the choice is yours!

10# Get your Adrenaline Pumping

Adrenaline lovers, here’s an attraction you’ll love. Velocity Valley offers six iconic adventure activities including Bungy Jumping, the Swoop sky swing, Agrojet’s jet sprint experience, Freefall Xtreme wind tunnel the Shweeb, a human powered monorail racetrack.

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Join the Holiday Inn VIK (Very Important Kids) Programme

Don’t forget a number of these attractions are part of our VIK (Very Important Kid) Programme. This exclusive Holiday Inn kids programme  offers families the chance to unlock more adventure, fun an thrill with some awesome wallet-saving discounts.

And the best part?  It’s free ! So next time you stay at Holiday Inn Rotorua, make sure you collect your free kids’ wristband and prepare to unlock great savings at some of Rotorua’s top family-friendly attractions.

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Global Cyber Sale

During our Cyber Sale, as an IHG® Rewards Club member, you can save up to 25%* at Holiday Inn hotels worldwide.

Discover the joy of travel with Holiday Inn! Now’s the perfect time to escape to Rotorua and experience the thrill, fun and adventure on offer. From world-class mountain biking trails, geothermal sights to a wide variety of attractions the whole family will love.

You won’t want to let this moment pass by you. Offer ends Thursday, 28th November 2019.

Valid for stays from now until 31 May 2020. Visit for more info!