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Must Do in Rotorua

Must Do … Te Puia

Te Puia is the ideal activity to visit if short on time when visiting Rotorua. Te Puia is located at the southern end of Rotorua City. The National School for Maori Carving for wood, bone and stone and home to a weaving school. Te Puia has a range of activities as well as souvenirs available for purchase. Guided tours available as well as opportunity to watch workshops where local artists are creating amazing work with wood and stone. Prices from $52 per Adult.

Te Puia is open 7 Days a week but times do vary during Winter. If short on time when visiting Rotorua then we recommend booking in advance. Rotorua BnB on Sumner is  2 minutes away from Te Puia, ideal location for staying central to Rotorua’s best attractions

For More information on Te Puia click on this link –

Must Do… Skyline Gondola, Luge & Skyswing

Skyline Rotorua is always a favourite with visitors to Rotorua. Fantastic panoramic views of Lake Rotorua, the North Island’s second largest lake. To get to the top take a ride on the Gondola which takes less than 10 minutes. Once at the top of the Skyline Gondola there is an array of activities to do.

Skyline Luge. Luge is a little cart you sit in and race down the side of the hill. Exhilerating way to get down, helmets provided!
Skyline Skyswing – Get dragged up by a cable and dropped in the swing. Even better views but not for those with a distaste for heights!
Also Skyline Zipline, Skyline Mountain Bike Downhill tracks, Stargazing with Skyline Telescopes and much more

Check our the webcam for a live view –

For more information of opening hours and prices we have provided a link below. Rotorua Central BnB on Sumner is 10 minutes away from Skyline Rotorua.

Must Do… Rainbow Springs

Rainbow Springs in Rotorua is the unofficial home of the Kiwi Bird. This Kiwi Sanctuary has had the most success in hatching Kiwi bird eggs than anywhere else in the world.
Natural forest setting provides a fantastic backdrop to experience and be educated on our amazing iconic bird. Rainbow Springs is located next to Skyline Rotorua. Entry to Rainbow Springs is a full day pass so you can come in and out as many times as you like in the same day. A quiet Cafe is located onsite as well as an adventure water ride called the Big Splash.

Rainbow Springs also has a wide collection of lizards and other native birds only found here in New Zealand. Rainbow Springs Rotorua has a range of prices for activities. Options include a free flight bird show, Kiwi encounter behind the scenes tours. Also recommend a close encounter with some of our amazing native lizards and reptiles.

Prices start from $40 for adults and Rainbow Springs is open 7 days. A must do is come back at night and get up close with the kiwis in the kiwi enclosure

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Must Do… Mitai Cultural Show and Hangi Dinner

Rotorua is the Home of New Zealand Maori culture. Rotorua and Mitai have an amazing cultural experience that is on our list of Must Do’s when visiting Rotorua and New Zealand. Mitai call their activity an Authentic Maori Village experience. This sums up an evening in the most central cultural show in Rotorua. The Mitai Cultural experience includes a traditional Hangi Meal. Plenty of delicious local fare cooked in a Traditional Maori Hangi. Mitai provide a very professional show that gives you an authentic view into the Maori culture and how they once lived in local villages.

Mitai is located 10 minutes drive from Rotorua Central BnB on Sumner.

Shows often book out so we highly recommend booking ahead.  For more information –

Must Do… Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Wai-o-tapu is essentially a themepark for all things Thermal. Wai-o-tapu has an amazing history thousands of years in the making. The famous Lady Knox Geyser erupts (with some assistance) once a day at 10.15am. Wai-o-tapu thermal park is situated between Rotorua and Taupo, a short drive of approx 25 min from our Central Rotorua Bed and Breakfast so allow time to get there so you don’t miss the Lady Knox Geyser doing her thing. Wai-o-tapu is spread out over a wide area with uneven walking tracks so good walking shoes are recommended.
There is plenty of parking at Wai-o-tapu provided and lockers available if wanting additional security for your belongings.

Open 7 Days a week, opening times vary in Winter so check out their website before venturing out

Must Do… Eat Street

Eat Street Rotorua is now the hub when looking for something to eat and drink. A plethora of eateries to chose from makes Eat Street a thriving area at meal times.
Eat Street Rotorua is at the Lake end of Central Rotorua. A covered walk way makes outdoor dining available all year round. They have even provided a heated footpath to ensure a welcome area at all hours!
Eat Street includes
BREW, Indian Star Tandori Restaurant, Solace Cafe, Ambrosia, Atticus Finch, Nuvo, Macs Food & Wine and so much more

For a list of choices check out this link for more information.

Must Do… Polynesian Spa

Welcome to Heaven! Hot Thermal Mineral baths soothes the soul as well as all those aches and pains. Infamous worldwide is Rotorua’s magical therapeutic mineral waters. Polynesian Spa has been the flag ship in promoting the luxury and health benefits of a visit to Rotorua.

Polynesian Spa is on the lakeside in Central Rotorua.  Established in 1972, there is a range of treatments to choose from so worth allowing half a day to take in the best natural remedies the earth has to offer.
Polynesian Spa Hot Pools are open every day and admission is from $19 per adult. Try a bamboo massage, aromatherapy massage or get down and dirty with a mud wrap from $179.

For more prices and opening time information go to the website link provided below

Must Do… Rotorua Mountain Biking! 

Downhill nut’s, cross country explorers and trail cruisers can all find a Mountain bike option in Rotorua. Rotorua Central B&B on Sumner is a short ride or drive from all Rotorua Mountain Bike options.

Bike Hire is available is plentiful in Rotorua from one of the venues above or an array of local cycle shops and Mountain Bike Tour Companies. If bringing your own Mountain Bike we can provide secure storage for your stay. Rotorua is also a great base for other trails on our Infamous National Cycle Trail. The Taupo Great Lake Trail is an hour away, Waikato River Trails an hour away too. Hauraki Cycle Trail, Motu Trail and Hawkes Bay are also possible day trips if wanting a little variety in your cycling. We are so lucky to have amazing scenery here in Rotorua and New Zealand and these popular trails are making it so much more accessible.