Rotorua is one of New Zealand’s most popular tourist destinations and for good reason. This place is jam-packed full of amazing things to do. Whether you want to investigate some of the amazing geothermal attractions, get stuck into some adventure activities, do some mountain biking or simply kick back and relax, Rotorua has it all.

If you are planning a trip to Rotorua this summer and you need to rent a car, it definitely pays to rent with GO. Thanks to our exclusive GO Play card, you can save money with a whopping 27 activity, attraction and accommodation providers in Rotorua. 27!

Out of those 27 GO Play partners, there’s a bit of something for everyone. Tons of geothermal attractions, plenty to entertain the kids and some great activities for just kicking back and relaxing.

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular.

Geothermal attractions in Rotorua

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

The colourful Champagne Pools, Wai-O-Tapu

One of the best geothermal attractions in New Zealand, Wai-O-Tapu attracts thousands of visitors every year. A highlight is the Champagne Pools.

GO Play discount: 10%

Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Waimangu Volcanic Valley is an awesome place to visit to get a real insight into the geothermal activity that lies just beneath the surface in this region. Take the 2-hour self-guided walk through geothermal features and native bush.

GO Play discount: 10%


Activities for the kids in Rotorua

Rainbow Springs Nature Park

This 22-acre park is built around NZ’s largest kiwi conservation centre and is a great place for kids and adults alike.

GO Play discount: 10%

Agroventures Adventure Park


Shweeb at Agroventures Rotorua

This is a great place to spend the day as there is a bit of something for everyone. Agroventures Adventure Park has bungy, super swing, jet boating, freefall and the unique shweeb.

GO Play discount: 10%

Aerial Forest Adventure

Take on the challenge of this awesome aerial obstacle course. Featuring seven different levels, each one more difficult than the last. Conquer them all for ultimate bragging rights!

GO Play discount: 10%


Adventure Activities in Rotorua

Queenstown may lay claim to the title of Adventure Capital of New Zealand, however coming a close second is Rotorua. Here are just a handful of the adventure activities in our GO Play programme:

Jet Boat and Parasailing

Take to the water and the air on a 30-minute jet boat ride which will take you blasting out onto the waters of Lake Rotorua. If you fancy something a bit more chilled out, try a tandem or triple parasailing trip.

GO Play discount: 10%

River Rats Rafting and Kayaking

River Rats rafting on the Kaituna River waterfall

River Rats are one of New Zealand’s best love rafting companies and these are the guys that will take you down the highest commercially raftable waterfall in the world. Now that’s what we call bragging rights!

GO Play discount: 10%


Home of the original Zorb experience, throw yourself down a steep hillside in a giant inflatable ball and see how much fun you can have! You haven’t visited Rotorua until you’ve Zorbed!

GO Play discount: 10%


Relaxing Activities in Rotorua

Rotorua also has its fair share of relaxing activities. Make sure you try some of these out at the end of a busy day!

Hells Gate Geothermal Park and Mud Spa

If you’re going to have all this geothermal activity right beneath your city you may as well put it to good use! Sit back and relax in this geothermal park and mud spa – a great way to unwind!

GO Play discount: 10%


New Zealand has a lot of golf courses! Lakeview in Rotorua is a picturesque 18 hole par 72 course just out of the main CBD. It’s a good challenge for all golfers and a great way to relax.

GO Play discount: 10%


Cultural Activities in Rotorua

Te Wairoa The Buried Village

This is New Zealand’s most visited archaeological site. Discover the stories that have been uncovered following the 1886 eruption of Mt Tarawera and re-live the terrible events of the night that was to change so much for the area.

GO Play discount: 10%

Mitai Maori Village

Participate in an authentic Maori cultural evening, enjoy a traditional hangi feast and witness a powerful cultural performance.

GO Play discount: 10%

Tamaki Maori Village

Tamaki Maori Village Waka
Tamaki Maori Village

Journey back to a time of proud warriors and ancient traditions. The evening experience at Tamaki Maori Village offers cultural performances, the opportunity to chat to local Maori as well as finding out more about traditional Maori village life. There is an option for a stopover in the village.

GO Play discount: 10%

Alternative activities in Rotorua

If you are heading to Rotorua this summer, a popular route to take includes a visit to Taupo. The team over at Guest New Zealand have some awesome travel itineraries including on between Rotorua and Taupo which will give you plenty of great ideas for things to do when you’re out and about. Whilst our exclusive GO Play discount card is going to save you heaps of money if you are planning a trip to Rotorua this summer, there are plenty of other activity providers who are not (yet!) part of the GO Play programme and there are some great deals to be found in and around Rotorua this summer. Here are some of the best we have found:

Kaituna Cascades Rafting


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Kaituna Cascades is rated #1 rafting company in New Zealand on Tripadvisor. They have been operating since 1991 and they are located in an awesome sunny riverside location around 20 minutes’ drive from downtown Rotorua.

They offer fantastic whitewater rafting trips on the world-famous Kaituna River & Wairoa River. If you Book online & use the promo code SWEET, you will save $30pp on the Kaituna River Rafting.


So there you have it, a run-down of some of the best attractions in Rotorua and the deals available with your exclusive GO Play discount card. You can find out more about the discounts available in Rotorua and throughout New Zealand on or GO Play pages.

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