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Check out the best water activities in and around Rotorua

The Rotorua region is surrounded by 16 freshwater lakes and the famous natural hot water geothermal system, which means that when you’re visiting for a holiday or long weekend, you have your pick of both hot and cold-water activities (including a few that we’ve dreamt up, too!). Check out our list of what team ZORB likes to do around the region that involves water-based activities.

Rotorua Duck Tours

An perfect all-age activity is Rotorua Duck Tours – a fun way to explore Rotorua on and off the water. Travel in quirky style in a refurbished World War 2 military vehicle that can go on both land and water! Splash downs are a lot of fun as you go from land to water! There are two different trips you can choose from depending on how much time you have available.

Credit: Rotorua Duck Tours


One of our Rotorua local inventions is the Agrojet which is a jet sprint boat on a manmade water course. The Agrojet is a sprint boat: small, fast and furious. Your professional driver will take you on three hot laps, accelerating from 0-100kmph in 3 seconds will have you hanging on for a wild ride.

Credit: Velocity Valley


Hot pools & spas

If wild and fast isn’t your style, then taking it easy is also on the menu. Having multiple hot water bathing options in Rotorua means that a bougee soak at one of the high-end luxury pools like Wai Ariki or Polynesian Spa are never far away. Both are found a five-minute drive from ZORB. Alternatively, if you want to go for a nature vibe, you can’t go past Secret Spot Hot Tubs which are set on the edge of the Whakarewarewa forest. Surrounded by native forest you have your own private hot tub, secluded from everyone else. You can even order drinks, directly to your tub.

Credit: Polynesian Spa

White Water Rafting

The Kaituna River is one of Rotorua’s most iconic adventure locations, where you raft over the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world.  The river flows from Lake Rotoiti, which means that the water is warmer year-round, and the river can be rafted 365 days a year.

This area is steeped in Māori culture and history, so it combines the perfect balance of adventure, nature, and culture. Pick-ups from CBD accommodation can be arranged and you need to allow three hours from start to finish and there are several companies that offer rafting on this river.

Credit: Rotorua Rafting


Leaving the best till last…ZORB!

We’re might be a bit biased – but ZORB is always fun. For the grown up it ignites childhood delight and exceeds expectations when it comes to the experience. Ride with up to two other people at a time means a shared experience of laughter, silliness, fun and just a good time. We fill the balls with water (warm in winter, cool in summer) so you’re best to bring your swimwear and prepare for a wild ride! We reckon our hot tubs at the top of the hill have the best view in Rotorua…come and check it out!

What are you waiting for? Book your epic downhill adventure at ZORB Rotorua, and start planning some wet and wild Rotorua activities.

June 24, 2024


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