Rotorua Tourist Attractions

Having a rental car means you can see and do so much more!

Some examples of the must-do attractions in Rotorua are:

Rotorua Super Passes

See The Best Of Rotorua With One Easy Pass

Rotorua Super Passes offers you a one stop shop to see the best Rotorua tourist attractions. We have a wide range of Rotorua sightseeing passes that include iconic and top-rated attractions. The passes can be used for sightseeing in one day or for tours over several days.

The good folk at Rotorua Super Passes have a deal or combo for you for any of the attractions listed below, be sure to purchase your Rotorua attraction passes from Rotorua Super Passes

glow worm tour

Lake Rotoiti Hot Pool & Glow Worm Kayak Tour

Embark on an incredible half day tour on Lake Rotoiti in Rotorua with this glow worm kayak tour and soak in Manupirua Thermal Hot Pools. This glow worm tour is 3.5 hours in duration, of which 2 hours will be spent peacefully kayaking on the Lake’s calm waters. Book this kayak tour through Waimarino Kayak Tours.

Polynesian Spa

Hot mineral bathing to unwind and relax in the evening with stunning lake views.

Skyline Skyride

Begin with a gondola ride with spectacular views, whiz down the mountain on a luge, and indulge in the fine cuisine at the restaurant.

Mitai Māori Village

An evening at Mitai will give you an authentic introduction to Māori culture leaving you amazed and in awe. Enter the world of Mitai. Be enthralled by the natural bush setting, see warriors in traditional dress paddle an ancient warrior canoe (waka) down the Wai-o-whiro stream, and don’t miss your only opportunity in the Rotorua area to see glow worms in their natural habitat.


Sculptured out of volcanic activity and thousands of years in the making, Wai-O-Tapu is considered to be New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction. You are introduced to a uniquely different natural landscape – the key to what you see lies below the surface – one of the most extensive geothermal systems in New Zealand.

Rainbow Springs

Rainbow Springs is truly an attraction like no other in the world. Set in 22 acres of beautiful native trees and streams we are home to a huge variety of New Zealand’s most precious inhabitants.

The entire experience is built around New Zealand’s largest and most successful kiwi conservation centre. Since 1995 we have released over 1,000 kiwis into the wild.

Added to this intimate view of one of the world’s living treasures, you will also be able to experience the adrenalin rush of The Big Splash, explore our many free flight aviaries, feed the birds their breakfast, come face to face with pre-history in the eyes of our many tuatara, talk to Jenny the hand-reared kea, feed the largest wild trout you will ever see, experience the wonder of our bird show featuring some of the funniest feathered performers you will ever see.


The Agrodome is one on New Zealand’s most loved tourist attractions. Located just 10 kms north of the Rotorua CBD, the Agrodome is home to the multi award winning Sheep Show . This famous Rotorua attraction features live sheep shearing, 19 breeds of champion rams, cow milking, lamb feeding, dog demonstrations as well as a full New Zealand dog trial. There are three exciting shows a day at 9.30am, 11.00am and 2.30pm. Each Sheep Show is an hour duration.


If you love the outdoors this area is for you!

Escape into the beautiful Whakarewarewa Forest, one of Rotorua’s most spectacular natural assets. Famous for its magnificent stands of towering Californian Coastal Redwoods it is just five minutes drive from the city centre. Here you can experience some of the finest walking and mountain bike trails in the world. Not to mention taking in superb panoramic views of Rotorua City, Lake and surrounding district.


Hells Gate Geothermal Park & Mud Spa

Hells Gate Geothermal Park & Mud Spa is Rotorua’s most active geothermal park only 20 minutes from central Rotorua, offering guided geothermal tours through an amazing landscape of steaming sulphur and boiling mud pools at 9.30am & 1.30pm daily. Unique New Zealand Geothermal Mud Bathing, Hot Sulphur Spas, Miri Miri Massage and Geothermal Mud Therapies available. Open from 8.30am daily.


Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort

The Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort offers the ultimate getaway on the edge of Lake Rotorua. Luxury hotel accommodation, onsite fine dining in Mokoia Restaurant and the internationally acclaimed Wai Ora Day Spa at Rotorua’s only 4.5 star Destination Spa Resort.10 superior suites and 30 deluxe studios with complimentary wifi, 24hr room service, pools, spas, sauna & steam room.

 H2OGO Straight Track (2808x1872)


Rolling down a hill inside a giant inflatable ball has been an iconic adventure experience since Andrew and David Akers developed their first operation in Rotorua in 1997. At OGO Rotorua, visitors are rewarded with spectacular views over Lake Rotorua as they Superman-dive into the OGO ride of their choice. Slip and slide with 50 litres of water down the world’s longest 350m H2OGO sidewinder track, or race one another down the two double straight 250m H2OGO tracks or be spun head over heels on the longest harness ride in NZ.


…and these are only a few. Rent a car today with Thrifty at exceptionally low rates, and enjoy the freedom to experience all that Rotorua and its surroundings have to offer.