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Mt. Tarawera Mt. Tarawera towers majestically over Rotorua. The volcano that erupted in 1886, overlooks the city and is well-known for destroying the world-famous pink and white terraces and burying villages and people under volcanic ash. Now quiet and peaceful, the mountain is a great photo opportunity and amazing to see up close and personal.

Off Road NZ - There are so many thrilling and exciting things to do at Off Road NZ. Go for a 4 WD Safari, race around a race track in one of the sprint cars, take a ride on the monster 4X4 thrill ride, test your skills at archery or take the hole-in-one golf challenge. This is a place that the entire family will love.

GeoThermal Wonders - Rotorua is the center of an active thermal area. Your first hint will by the drifts of steam that rise from cracks and crevices everywhere you look. From parks, to gardens, to residential streets, the constant drifts of steam give off the distinctive scent of sulphur letting you know exactly where you are. It is an amazing site to behold.

Skyline Skyrides Rotorua Rotorua’s premier attraction for all ages, gondola, exciting Luge adventure rides, romantic dining and functions venue high above Rotorua with extensive views of the lake and geothermal activity.
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Rotorua Activities

Action New Zealand Situated at the Short Golf Course on the edge of Rotorua, Action New Zealand offers fun for all ages. The park features fun activities that are perfect for all members of the family including team challenges. The park is easy to spot, just look for the big orange ball of Short Golf Course

. Adventure Kayaking Adventure Kayaking offers regular trips that anyone can take advantage of or planned trips on one of their double and single kayaks complete with trained guides. Choose from a quick scenic trip or take a longer trip that includes a BBQ dinner, sleeping under the stars and waking up to the sounds of the natural environment all around. For the more experienced, Adventure Kayaking can deliver kayaks to the lake of your choice, provide you with maps of the area and pick up the gear upon your return.

Agrodome and Sheep Show There is so much to do at the Agrodome and Sheep Show, you may want to make more than one stop here during your trip to Rotorua. See New Zealand's 19 most popular sheep breeds, working sheep dogs, sheep shearing and cow milking demonstrations or take a ride on the inter-active Agrodome Farm Tour. For the more adventurous there is a theme park that is complete with bone-chilling, jaw-dropping thrill rides. On your way out make a stop by the souvenir shop.

Rotorua Beaches

The Blue Lake - Lake Tikitapu, also called the Blue Lake, is one of the closest lakes to Rotorua. The clear beautiful water is a popular spot with water skiers, swimmers and boaters. The lake is surrounded by an easy walking track which winds through the areas beautiful beaches, native bush and the exotic trees of Whakarewarewa Forest. This natural environment is also home to a wide variety of exotic and interesting bird life.

Bay of Plenty - Hailed as "The Coast with the Most" the Bay of Plenty is just that. The bay offers an abundance of sunshine, extraordinary beaches, a desirable climate and an extraordinary variety of leisure-time and beach activities. Besides swimming and surfing, visitors can enjoy the wineries, sea fishing fleets and the volcanic region of Rotorua and Taupo. Tongiriro National Park is also located here, and offers winter skiing and breathtaking half, full day and overnight hikes.

Rotorua Restaurants and Bars

Rotorua Restaurants

Cableway Restaurant and Bar - Travel up more than 400 meters by gondola to Cableway Restaurant and Bar and enjoy vistas of lake Rotorua and the beautiful city below. The restaurant features some of the very best cuisine to be found in New Zealand. The house specialty is seafood and the menu offers delicious items such as their famous seafood chowder, smoked and chilled mussels, salmon steaks cooked in front of you and a live mussel tank.

Capers Epicurean - Capers Epicurean offers fresh quality food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but also offers coffee to go and meals to take home. The menu offers a wide variety of innovative selections and the restaurant offers a specialty foods section that features numerous New Zealand and imported goodies and treats. There is something that everyone will enjoy here.

Poppy's Villa Restaurant - This renovated Edwardian villa offers a quiet and intimate dinning atmosphere that makes it the perfect place for a dinner for two or a lovely night out with the family. Poppy's Villa Restaurant features top quality New Zealand foods and wines. The fine dining a la carte restaurant brings all of the wonderful qualities of New Zealand into its entree items as well as its wines.

Rotorua children's activities

Action New Zealand Situated at the Short Golf Course on the edge of Rotorua, Action New Zealand offers fun for all ages. The park features fun activities that are perfect for all members of the family including team challenges. The park is easy to spot, just look for the big orange ball of Short Golf Course

. Adventure Kayaking Adventure Kayaking offers regular trips that anyone can take advantage of or planned trips on one of their double and single kayaks complete with trained guides. Choose from a quick scenic trip or take a longer trip that includes a BBQ dinner, sleeping under the stars and waking up to the sounds of the natural environment all around. For the more experienced, Adventure Kayaking can deliver kayaks to the lake of your choice, provide you with maps of the area and pick up the gear upon your return.

Agrodome and Sheep Show There is so much to do at the Agrodome and Sheep Show, you may want to make more than one stop here during your trip to Rotorua. See New Zealand's 19 most popular sheep breeds, working sheep dogs, sheep shearing and cow milking demonstrations or take a ride on the inter-active Agrodome Farm Tour. For the more adventurous there is a theme park that is complete with bone-chilling, jaw-dropping thrill rides. On your way out make a stop by the souvenir shop.

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