24 Hours in Rotorua
Pack in the best of what Rotorua has to offer with Jasons one-day itinerary.
You’ve arrived in New Zealand’s thermal heartland and there’s so much you must see, yet you only have 24 hours, or less, to visit? Rotorua’s natural wonders and welcoming people have so much to offer, so where should you start? Never fear, here’s Jasons recommendations as to what to fit in for the short time you’re here.
Experience the unique landscape and history of Mt Tarawera. The mountain is infamous for its eruption in 1886, which created the Waimangu Valley and destroyed the legendary Pink and White Terraces. Kaitiaki Adventures’
fully guided hike of Mt Tarawera encompasses an off-road 4x4 experience through native bush at the start of the walk, 360-degree views and an optional run into the heart of the crater. Trip times: 8.15am and 1.15pm.
Phone: 0800 338 736
Feast your tastebuds in Rotorua’s bar and restaurant precinct, located in the heart of the town. Choose from the precinct’s wide range of eateries. The vibrant Fat Dog Cafe is Rotorua’s most famous cafe while local landmark, Pig & Whistle’s warm historic atmosphere is ideal for a refreshing drink and meal. Don’t forget to try the ice cream at the iconic Lady Jane’s Ice Cream Parlour – a must-do when in town. The precinct is also home to Eat Street, offering a fantastic all-weather alfresco dining experience.
Visit world-renowned Rotorua Museum
, housed in the iconic Bath House building. Discover Rotorua’s rich culture, volatile landscape and dramatic history in this world-class museum. Enjoy fascinating multi-media cinema experiences and innovative exhibitions while guided tours bring to life the amazing stories of this unique region. Explore the historic Bath House building from basement to rooftops, and then relax with great coffee in the Museum Cafe overlooking Government Gardens.
Phone: 07 350 1814
Soak in the geothermally-heated fresh (not mineral) water hot pools in the beautiful Blue Baths
. A heritage-listed art deco bath house located in the Government Gardens, Blue Baths originally opened in 1933 and daringly offered same sex bathing for the first time in New Zealand. Choose from the original Juvenile Pool with waters at around 30°C or other two hot pools with temperatures varying between 37°C and 42°C.
Phone: 07 350 2119
Experience the rich Maori culture at the award-winning Tamaki Maori Village. Travel on board a Tamaki coach to the outskirts of Rotorua. Enroute your guide will share all village protocols and select a chief to represent your new. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted with a formal and scared ceremony. You are welcomed to enter the village gateway and explore the Maori culture through arts, weaponry display, storytelling and traditional performances. Dine on the delicious ground cooked hangi buffet feast followed by dessert, before you enjoy an entertaining journey back to your accommodation.
Phone: 0508 826 254