Top Choice Museum in Rotorua

Rotorua Museum

This outstanding museum occupies a grand Tudor-style edifice. A 20-minute film on the history of Rotorua, including the Tarawera eruption, runs every 20 minutes from 9am. The Don Stafford Wing, dedicated to Rotorua'…
Geyser in Rotorua

Te Puia

This thermal reserve is 3km south of the city centre, and features more than 500 springs. The most famous is Pohutu (‘Big Splash’ or ‘Explosion’), a geyser which erupts up to 20 times a day, spurting hot water up to…
Historic Building in Rotorua

Blue Baths

The gorgeous Spanish Mission–style Blue Baths opened in 1933 (and, amazingly, were closed from 1982 to 1999). If you feel like taking a dip, the heated pool awaits.
Church in Rotorua

St Faith’s Anglican Church

The historic timber church in the lakeside Māori village of Ohinemutu is intricately decorated with Māori carvings, tukutuku (woven panels), painted scrollwork and stained-glass windows. One window features an etche…
Wildlife Reserve in Rotorua

Paradise Valley Springs

In Paradise Valley at the foot of Mt Ngongotaha, 8km from Rotorua, is Paradise Valley Springs, a 6-hectare park with trout springs, big slippery eels and various land-dwelling animals such as deer, alpacas, possums …
Bird Sanctuary in Rotorua

Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre

Wingspan is dedicated to conserving three threatened NZ birds: the falcon, the hawk and the owl. Learn about the birds in the museum display, then take a sneaky peek into the incubation area before walking through t…
Agricultural in Rotorua


Learn everything you need to know about sheep at the Agrodome. Shows include a parade of champion rams, a livestock auction, and shearing and doggy displays. The tour lets you check out farm animals including, among…
Village in Rotorua

Whakarewarewa Village

Whakarewarewa Thermal Village is a living village where tangata whenua (the locals) still reside, as they have for centuries. The villagers show you around and tell you the stories of their way of life and the signi…
Forest in Rotorua

Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest

This magical forest park is 3km southeast of town on Tarawera Rd. It was originally home to over 170 tree species planted from 1899 to see which could be grown successfully for timber. Mighty Californian redwoods gi…
Wildlife Reserve in Rotorua

Rainbow Springs

The natural springs here are home to wild trout and eels, which you can peer at through an underwater viewer. There are interpretive walkways, a new 'Big Splash' water ride, and plenty of animals, including tuatara …