Rotorua is favourite among New Zealand destinations. While Summer is the height of tourism in the region, Rotorua keeps fun on tap year-round! A visit in Winter provides an excellent chance to see Rotorua in a whole new light. Here are some of the top Rotorua activities for the cooler seasons:
Get steamy at Whakarewarewa, the Living Maori Village
Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village offers a novel cultural experience in a geothermal setting. Geothermal heat radiating from the ground makes Winter a perfect time to visit this distinctive attraction. Hourly guided tours give visitors a chance to learn how the geothermal resources are used in day-to-day life. You can also explore the network of nature trails that traverse geothermal lakes, bubbling mud and boiling hot pools.
Enjoy a day on the links at Rotorua Golf Club
For another perspective on the local geology, head across Fenton Street to Arikikapakapa, or The Rotorua Golf Club. This unique course was designed around the unusual landscape of the Rotorua geothermal field. The course creates several challenges with holes running over and around geothermal lakes and boiling mud pools. Arikikapakapa is one of the few places in the world where you can relish a day of geothermal golf. Besides the one-of-a-kind backdrop, Rotorua Golf Club is an all-weather, links-style, 18-hole, par 70 course that provides variety and challenge with easy walking and an excellent golfing layout.
Have a feast on Eat Streat
Whether you hit a hole-in-one or double-bogied all day, you can celebrate or commiserate on Eat Streat. Rotorua’s gourmet dining district is situated next to the picturesque lakefront and qualifies as a true eating destination, with a range of side-by-side restaurants. Local favourite Brew offers a delicious selection of gastropub fare and the opportunity to sample locally brewed craft beer. Other top-rated options include Atticus Finch, a tapas-style eatery with delicious cocktails, and Indian Star Indian Restaurant.
Soak it all in at the Polynesian Spa
Finish the day with a soak at Polynesian Spa. The mineral-rich, natural hot-spring pools at the Polynesian Spa will warm your bones and sooth any aches and pains. Guests can enjoy a range of geothermal bathing choices to suit all ages and budgets, such as family pools and adult pools. For an extra treat, visit the on-site spa for everything from massages to mud wraps to beauty treatments.