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Here are our top Rotorua tours

If you are visiting Rotorua, our great range of Rotorua tours cover all of the "must see" attractions in this unique part of New Zealand.

Waiotapu Champagne Pools - pic courtesy Chris McLennan

Located around 3 hours drive from Auckland, in the central part of New Zealand's North Island, Rotorua is one of New Zealand's most popular destinations.

Best known for its geothermal and Maori cultural attractions, Rotorua is a thriving city of over 70,000 people, and sits beside the beautiful Lake Rotorua.

Visitors to the region are treated to bubbling mud pools, gushing geysers, Maori cultural performances and a range of other attractions.

Five Top Picks

Below are five of the most popular Rotorua tours.

These have been selected based on our own experiences and reviews from other visitors. These are the tours that are consistently rated highly.

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Maori Hangi Dinner & Performance

Visit the Tamaki Maori Village where you will experience life as it was for the Maori people.

Experience Maori culture and tradition at Tamaki Maori Vilage

This recreation of a traditional Maori "marae" (village) shows you what life was like for the original inhabitants.

Enjoy the "powhiri" (greeting), a Maori song and dance performance, and the spine tingling Haka (war cry).

Your tour finishes with a traditional "Hangi" (feast) cooked in the ground. Delicious!

This 3 hour tour is the perfect way to learn more about the Maori culture and traditions.

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Skyline Gondola and Optional Luge Ride

The Skyline Gondola takes you high above Rotorua to the top of Mt Ngongotaha where you will enjoy stunning views of the surrounding region.

The Rotorua Gondola - pic courtesy Rotoruanz.com

It's a very relaxing way to pass a few hours and the trip up and down is very calm.

Once you reach the summit you can sample a variety of optional activities including restaurant, gallery, winery and gift shop.

Our favorite activity though is the luge.

Choose from three different tracks, then hop on to your cart for a thrilling ride down the hillside. These are great fun and the three tracks allow you to choose your level of difficulty.

The luge is suitable for all ages and instruction is given for first timers.

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This is what Rotorua is famous for!

No trip to Rotorua would be complete without seeing it's geothermal attractions.

Join your expert local guide as you visit some of the most active and fascinating sites in the region.

Rotorua's Champagne Pools

The colored Champagne Pools are stunning, and we will never forget the sight of a geyser erupting right in front of us.

Boiling hot mud pools pop and spit, and steam fizzes into the air from the hot springs. It all makes you realize just what an amazing place this is.

Your guide is a real fountain of knowledge, and has lots of great information about the area's history, geothermal sites, Maori culture, and the region's wildlife.

This is a great tour and highly recommended.

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Visit the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves

The Waitomo Glowworm Caves are one of New Zealand's most popular attractions.

Glowworms in the Ruakuri Cave - pic courtesy Waitomo.com

Drawing visitors from around the world, the caves are a must see attraction if you are visiting the North Island.

This six hour return trip takes you from Rotorua to the Waitomo caves.

On arrival you can explore the caverns where huge stalagmites and stalactites have been growing for thousands of years.

Perhaps the best part of the tour are the glowworms. You board a small boat and glide serenely down a river into a cavern. There above you, are thousands of twinkling glowworms. Magic!

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Wow! Visit the actual Hobbiton movie set

Here's one for LOTR fans.

Yes, you can visit the actual Hobbiton movie set.

Hobbiton movie set tour

Your four and a half hour tour takes you through some beautiful North Island farming country to the actual Hobbiton movie set and Hobbiton village.

Built on a working sheep farm, you will be amazed at how it was transformed into one of the most recognizable movie sets of all time.

Your guide has lots of inside information about the making of the movie, and perhaps best of all, you can even have your picture taken in front of a Hobbit hole!

This is a very popular and highly rated tour. But don't take our word. Check out for yourself what others had to say by clicking on the button below:

There's lots more to see in Rotorua

These are just a small sample of the many great activities in Rotorua.

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