As winter officially kicks off today (for those in the southern hemisphere), it is great to know there are some destinations that are perfect all year round, summer or winter! Rotorua is exactly that.
Whether you are stuck in your Auckland office block, freezing your buttocks off on the farm, planning that trip from across the ditch, or needing a break from the children, Rotorua has got everything to escape your winter reality.
Here’s our picks for your perfect Winter Escape to Rotorua.
Geothermal Attractions – We are spoilt for choice in Rotorua with an array of amazing geothermal features scattered throughout the region. Two geothermal parks to highlight this diversity are Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Go and explore both parks, taking in the variety of active craters, silica terraces, mud volcanoes, bubbling pools of both water and mud, some of the most spectacular colours and the famous Lady Knox Geyser that goes at 10.15am every day.
Both geothermal parks are off State Highway 5 on the way to Taupo. Wai O Tapu recommends allowing 75 minutes for their self guided walk with Waimangu recommending at least 2 hours. Brave the winter – Beat the crowds!
Don’t forget to take your swimming togs. On the way back you can enjoy a nice hot dip at Hot ‘n’ Cold, a secret little free swimming spot under the bridge just before Wai-O-Tapu. It is perfect to escape that cool winter air.
Adventure – Ever wondered what it would be like rolling down a hill inside a 3 metre inflatable ball? OGO is just that. Jump in a warm water filled OGO and experience a ride like no other as you slide, splash and slosh down the slope. In between rides, relax and enjoy the hot tubs located at the top and bottom of the hill. Once your done rolling, head into their heated changing rooms to keep you smiling from ear to ear.
And while we are talking ‘wet’, why not try some of the best white water rafting in New Zealand on the Kaituna River with River Rats. The Kaituna River has long been known for having the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world , but there is so much more to the river with fun and challenging rapids all the way along. River Rats has the best equipment to ensure that your are warm while you are out on the river.
Food – After a long day exploring Rotorua, it is great to find a place to relax in good company, enjoy quality food and drink in a fantastically fitted out central location. Terrace Kitchen is that place. Open seven days a week until late, Terrace Kitchen offers an excellent day and night menu, freshly baked pastries, Atomic Coffee and a cocktail bar upstairs. Summer or Winter, Terrace Kitchen is your escape.
Accommodation – Central, fun and friendly, Aura Accommodation is your place. Located a stone’s throw from Lake Rotorua, ‘Eat Streat’ and Government Gardens, with a large outdoor geothermal heated pool and hot thermal mineral pools. Free WiFi to share your winter fun and geothermal heated rooms to keep you toasty on these cool winter months. Aura Accommodation is your Rotorua Winter Escape.
Enter WINTERESCAPE in the Promo Code for you Rotorua Winter Escape 5% discount on your booking. Only available from bookings until 31st October.