What to test out this winter in Rotorua, New Zealand

July 11, 2023

Wai Ariki Spa

You are invited to experience the extraordinary Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa, the only ultra luxury spa in the southern hemisphere. It is a place that must be seen to be believed. Built on the legacy of Ngāti Whakaue culture, healing practices, and manaakitanga, this remarkable establishment warmly welcomes you. Nestled on the enchanting foreshore of Lake Rotorua, Wai Ariki, meaning ‘Chiefly Waters’, unveils two architecturally stunning and culturally authentic areas for your exploration, unwinding, rejuvenation, and ultimate relaxation. The sheer beauty and opulence of this place will captivate your senses.

These experiences are unparalleled not just in Aotearoa (NZ) but throughout the entire world. Come and witness the incomparable luxury and grandeur that awaits you at Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa.

Rotorua Canopy Tours

Recently rated as the number one experience in the South Pacific for 2023 by Tripadvisor, Rotorua Canopy Tours offers life changing encounters which are nothing short of naturally spectacular. The top rated activity in New Zealand earns this yearly through having the best guides, best fun and of course Zipling through a 200 year old native forest.

Real Rotorua Glow Worm Tour 

After being ranked the #2 in TripAdvisors’ 2023 Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Top Experiences in New Zealand, this tour is not one to miss! After a short evening bush-walk, you’ll be mesmerized by New Zealand’s rare glowworms in their natural habitat.

Redwoods Nightlights

Immerse yourself in a captivating adventure amidst the natural wonderland in New Zealand, one of the Top Ten Attractions in New Zealand by Tripadvisor. Marvel at the stunning birds-eye view of the forest during day and night walks. Spanning 700 meters, it features 28 bridges, 27 platforms and 34 lanterns, suspended 9-20 meters above the forest floor. In just 40 minutes, you and your families will be enchanted by this enthralling journey through a mesmerizing setting.This award-winning, eco-tourism walk is family-friendly and accessible for unaided walkers, with free purpose-built baby strollers.

Polynesian Spa 

Situated in Rotorua, immerse yourself in Central North Island’s iconic geothermal baths this winter. Experience a complete temperature shock when immersing yourself in warm waters. Choose from a selection of various-sized pools, ranging from sky-view private pools to full bathing packages. Gain exclusive access to both acidic and alkaline natural mineral springs, a unique destination for all things relaxation. Polynesian Spa also offers geothermal mud therapies, massage therapies and Aix mud wraps for those wanting a luxury pamper.

Te Pā Tū

Immerse yourself in a cultural experience this winter at Te Pā Tū. New Zealand’s most-awarded cultural attraction has a winter Matariki (Tū Te Ihi) celebration to mark the Māori New Year. Guests will be treated to a fire ceremony and kapa haka, rounding out the night with a lavish three-course Hāngī feast.

Secret Spot Hot Tubs

Just last year, Secret Spot Hot Tubs was the global award-winner for the Luxury Forest Bathing Spa category in the World Luxury Spa Awards. This comes as no surprise once you experience its beauty for yourself! Set in a beautifully landscaped garden, there are 12 hand-crafted cedar hot tubs nestled among native plantings and alongside a lovely stream on the edge of a magical forest. The fresh non-geothermal water comes from a beautiful aquifer spring high in the forest and is continuously filtered and refreshed in each individual hot tub during your soak. Secret Spot is also home to the extremely popular Shinny Dips, or mini foot tubs, heated to a cosy 39.7°C.

Waikite Valley Thermal Pools

Waikite Valley Thermal Pools is home to the largest single source of 100% pure boiling geothermal water in New Zealand, known as the ‘Living Waters’ of the Te Manaroa Spring. The world is your oyster with six general pools and four private spas, all with different outlooks across neighbouring bushland,  Otamakokore Stream and out across the Waikite Valley.

Hells Gate Mud and Spa

Hell’s Gate (Tikitere) is the only place in New Zealand where you can soak and relax in an outdoor mud bath, used for generations by Māori to ease joint and muscle pain. Get down and dirty in a mud bath or unwind in a sulphur spa overlooking a spectacular geothermal landscape, before cooling off in a beautiful spring-fed waterfall and cold plunge pool. As the temperature begins to drop, Hell’s Gate is offering the ultimate winter indulgence.

Volcanic Air
From the experience of taking flight in a floatplane or helicopter, through to the thrill of exploring our stunning lakes district, vibrant geothermal reserves and remarkable volcanoes, Volcanic Air has an option for everyone. The Rotorua region’s incredible landscape includes crater lakes, ancient national forests, vibrant geothermal reserves and remarkable volcanoes – a combination of scenery that will amaze you, especially when you see it all from the air. Try out a float plane ride to exclusive lakeside hot pools only accessible by air or water!

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