• Rotorua Museum


Planning your Rotorua Holiday

The first thing I will mention about a Rotorua holiday is that there is a reason Rotorua was voted New Zealand’s best city for multiple years. When you visit Rotorua you’ll find amazing places to eat and drink, world class hiking and mountain biking trails, top accommodation options, authentic Maori culture and so many activities to choose from that your Rotorua itinerary will be the envy of all your friends and family at home.

Food and Drink

Eat and Drink Rotorua

Even Ducks need to eat!

When people think of having a Rotorua holiday they tend to think of the mud pools and geothermal activity that Rotorua is famous for but there is so much more that Rotorua has to offer visitors. One of the greatest things about Rotorua is the wide array of food and drinks options available. Rotorua invested in a very popular part of town called ‘eat streat’ which is a section of the main road entirely dedicated to restaurants, cafes and bars. Aside from that there are award winning buffets, restaurants that overlook our stunning lakes and so much more. When you visit Rotorua you will not be struggling to find a great place to eat or have a relaxing drink. See our ‘places to eat and drink in Rotorua’ blog for more information.

Hiking and Biking Trails

Hiking and Mountain Biking Trails Rotorua

Tarawera Hiking Trail

I would hazard a guess that the thing Rotorua is most famous for is the abundance of geothermal activity. I would also say that the most underrated and possibly even the best part about having a Rotorua holiday are the world class hiking and mountain biking trails. You don’t land the worlds largest mountain biking festival, Crankworx, without having world class trails to ride on! There are trails that go through forests, around geothermal areas, visiting the beautiful lakes and seeing amazing views from up high. It’s certainly my favorite part of Rotorua and if you love the outdoors you’ll love your visit to Rotorua as well! See my ‘Rotorua Hiking Guide’ for information about my favorite trails when you visit Rotorua.


Rotorua Accommodation

Sleepy Ducks

When you visit Rotorua obviously you’ll need a place to rest your head and relax. Thankfully Rotorua has some of the best accommodation options around, accommodation to suit all budgets and levels of luxury. Much of the accommodation in Rotorua is central making it easy to enjoy the attractions and sights that central Rotorua has to offer. There are also options to relax out by the lakes, luxury resorts, camp grounds and so much more. We realise that a lot of tourists visit Rotorua and no two people are the same, that’s one of the reasons that I love Rotorua is that there is something for everyone! If you are looking for more information check out my ‘Rotorua Accommodation’ blog for some of my favorite places to stay.

Maori Culture

One of the must do’s when visiting Rotorua is you MUST experience the Maori culture in the area. There are many different tourist attractions that will allow you to immerse yourself in the culture and history of Rotorua. Rest assured you don’t have to do a guided tour to experience the culture. You could visit Ohinemutu, one of the original Moari villages in the area and walk around for free. You could visit Te Puia and experience a cultural show and walk around the lands that Maori used to call home or you could do a full Maori culture experience at Tamaki or Mitai Maori villages which both include culture shows, food and the ability to immerse yourself fully in the culture and history of Rotorua, I can’t stress enough how interesting the culture is in New Zealand and specifically Rotorua.

Visit Rotorua!

The goal of any holiday is to have the most amount of fun, learn as much as you can and create memories that will last a lifetime. You’ll get all this and more when you visit Rotorua. Whatever your goals are; sightseeing, outdoors activities, family fun it’s all here in Rotorua. Keep an eye on our blogs for more fun information about what to do when you visit Rotorua and remember the Ducks are a great way to see the lakes district without leaving your seat. We pride ourselves on being able to take people to places they wouldn’t normally get to see and providing a huge amount of information about our city, culture and so much more.

We look forward to seeing you in Rotorua and on the Duck!

  • “Highly recommend this tour for families, Shaun was our guide, had so much fun, laughter music and learnt alot about Rotorua Lake District. If you are thinking of doing it - do it you will not regret it.”

    A quacking great tour!

  • “The entire experience of booking on iSite, boarding the tour, very friendly and child attentive tour operator Sean, my children ages 12 & 9 loved the entire 2 hours and so did my wife and me. Even the safety drill was conducted so well, the children and adults had a short stint at the wheel in the lakes, made them feel really special. The tour operators choice of music was excellent too. Not a moment was wasted on this lovely journey!”

    Family, Fun & Stunning Views of the Lakes of Roturua

  • “My sister and I took my two kids on a 90 minute tour which included going onto the Blue and Green Lakes. It was so much fun. We had a driver and tour guide that were a lot of laughs. The kids found it so entertaining and there were plenty of facts and info for adults too. Would highly recommend for anyone looking for something different to do.”

    Had an absolute blast

  • “We had an awesome time on our duck boat tour today - with a very entertaining tour guide (Shelly) who kept us laughing... the rain didn't stop us from enjoying ourselves either! Definitely recommend it! Thanks guys :)”

    Duck Boat tour

  • “What a great day we had. Our tour guide Marcus was very knowledgeable on the history of Rotorua. Had a great sense of humour with plenty of laughs, from start to finish, especially with our complimentary duck whistle. If your ever in Rotorua this is definitely a must do tour.”

    lots of laughs

  • “The Duck Tour is a very great opportunity to discover beautiful Rotorua and its surroundings. On a really funny tour we learned a lot and saw amazing landscape and lakes. Very unique because of this really cool vehicle, where else can you drive a duck on your own?! I would highly recommend the Duck to everybody who wants to have a special experience in Rotorua!”

    Rotorua from another nice perspective


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