Exploring the Rotorua region of New Zealand’s North Island and looking for ideas for your own outdoor adventures or travel itinerary? Find some inspiration as you read about the places we’ve explored and activities we’ve experienced in our travels around New Zealand.

Rotorua region map

Our Rotorua Outdoor Adventures

Tarawera Falls

Exploring Tarawera Falls

Tarawera Falls may not be the tallest or widest or arguably even the most scenic waterfall in New Zealand. It is however unique and definitely worth visiting as we discovered.

Mount Tarawera

Climbing Mount Tarawera

With incredible views and a scree run that drops 120m into the crater floor, when visiting Rotorua, climbing this dormant volcano has got to be at the top of your adventure list.

Kaitiaki sledging

Rotorua White Water Sledging

When someone says ‘winter sledging’ what comes to mind? Thick snow, warm boots and funny hats? Nope, this is winter sledging New Zealand style – at least that’s what we reckon.

Rotorua Outdoor Adventure Map

Here’s our pick of top outdoor and adventure activities in the Rotorua region. The orange map markers below are places we’ve visited and you can click on a marker to see photos and read about our experience there. The blue markers are places we still need to explore – lucky us.

This is a living map, and we’ll update it regularly as we explore and discover new places and more exciting outdoor activities. Have some suggestions of places we should visit? Use the contact form over here and share the adventure.

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Tarawera Falls: -38.162610, 176.520290
Mount Tarawera: -38.227070, 176.506700
Kaituna River Sledging: -38.011340, 176.344450
Hamurana Springs: -38.033710, 176.258790
Waimangu Thermal Valley: -38.285550, 176.386560
Rainbow Mountain: -38.315460, 176.375930
Kerosene Creek: -38.334320, 176.386410
Waterfall Spout Bath: -38.351660, 176.368400
Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland: -38.355750, 176.367460
Hot/Cold Spring: -38.356050, 176.364230
Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools: -38.038670, 176.382060
Tarawera Hot Water Beach: -38.243790, 176.433790