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Lakes & Rivers

You might be surprised to learn, that Rotorua is home to 18 sparkling lakes and three major rivers in our region, most of which are easily accessible with many ways to enjoy them – even at night!
 
Enjoy a refreshing freshwater swim or relax in a hot thermal pool along the lake’s edge.
 
Experience Lake Rotoiti from the bow of a luxury catamaran, or gently cruise Lake Rotorua aboard a traditional paddle steamer.

One of Rotorua’s most popular night-time activities involves paddling a canoe, kayak or SUP across a lake to see the secret hideaway of a colony of wondrous glow worms. Starlit skies and the unique atmosphere of a peaceful lake at night, will leave you remembering this experience years to come.
 
For family fun, climb up into a genuine amphibious vehicle, which we call the “duck”. One minute this beast of a vehicle is angling through city streets, and the next minute it’s running at full-steam and plunging into one of our lakes. Good laughs and local inside knowledge guaranteed! Often kids are allowed to take over the captain’s role and stir the boat while on the lake.
 
For a little thrill and adventure, try whitewater sledging or rafting on the world-famous Kaituna River, home to the world’s highest commercially raftable waterfall.
 
Do you prefer something a bit faster? No problem, choose from an exhilarating jet boat experience through a tangled, manmade river at neck-break speed, or scream across Lake Rotorua in a jet boat that takes you to tour pristine and predator-free Mokoia Island. You can even combine a jet boat ride with a unique geothermal experience at a natural hot water fall, or to a hidden geothermal valley.

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$89 NZD
The Squeeze

Lakes & Rivers, Central

UNTOUCHED NEW ZEALAND BEAUTY Kiwis have always been keen on an adventure. That's why some years ago it was a kiwi who invented the first jetboat! We've taken this sense of adventure and transformed it into the ultimate jet boat-adventure combo. 

$249 NZD
Foris Eco-tours

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Foris Eco-tours offers guided tours of the spectacular Whirinaki Forest and Rotorua's premium rafting adventure down the gorgeous Rangitaiki River. Choose guided hiking or combined river and guided walking options.

$95 NZD
Wet'n'Wild Rafting Company

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Half-day to multi-day white water rafting adventures for all confidence levels, from adrenalin pumping Grade 5 to challenging Grade 3-4 adventures and relaxing Grade 2 scenic floats.

$54 NZD
Katoa Lake Rotorua - 30min Jet Tour

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Blast around Lake Rotorua with Katoa on an adrenaline infused jet boat ride through some of the area’s iconic historical landmarks, all while enjoying exhilarating turns and hair-raising 360-degree spins.

$99 NZD
Thermal Safari

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Embark on a scenic trip down the Waikato River and through the spectacular Tutukau Gorge. Take in the stunning scenery and wildlife and hear the stories of the local Maori tribes before our highly skilled drivers/guides thrill you with spins, speed and heart-stopping manoeuvres.  

$11 NZD
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Lakes & Rivers, Central

New Zealand's most colourful geothermal attraction - just a short drive from either Rotorua or Taupo. An area in which the landscape has been sculptured by geothermal activity and where unique volcanic features can be viewed from well defined tracks. Cashless on-site - only accepting all major credit and EFTPOS cards.

$115 NZD
New Zealand River Jet

Lakes & Rivers, Central

At NZ Riverjet we specialise in the extra ordinary Jet Boating experience. With tours ranging from 1 hour to 5.5 hours, we offer our clients the opportunity to experience a true, kiwi, iconic adventure. 

$95 NZD
Volcanic Air

Lakes & Rivers, West

Volcanic Air is conveniently located at the Rotorua City Lakefront within walking distance of many major hotels and our cafe / restaurant district. From the first experience of flight in either 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.  

$95 NZD
Kaitiaki Adventures Rafting and Sledging Specialist

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Kaitiaki Adventures offers the perfect mix of adrenalin and culture. Raft the Grade 5 Kaituna River featuring the 7m Tutea Falls Waterfall or Sledge with our amazing guides on the rivers surrounding Rotorua. New Zealand's ONLY all Kiwi adventure crew.

$50 NZD
Rotorua Duck Tours (Amphibious Sightseeing and Informational Tours)

Lakes & Rivers, Central

We provide guided sightseeing tours of Rotorua and the lakes region in Amphibious Landing Crafts. Splashdown onto pristine lakes surrounded by beautiful native forests. Our tours are the perfect introduction to Rotorua’s geothermal and Maori history.

$39 NZD
Raftabout Whitewater Rafting & Sledging

Lakes & Rivers, Central

If you're looking for an awesome day out white water rafting then look no further than Raftabout, a family-owned company that aims to excel.

$25 NZD
Katoa Parasailing

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Enjoy outdoor adventure in the heart of New Zealand with an exhilarating parasailing experience over the stunning beauty of Lake Rotorua with Katoa.