Summers in Rotorua are pleasantly warm which means you can enjoy doing any activity you want. What about the winters, though? What are the best winter activities to enjoy in Rotorua?
Just as in the rest of New Zealand, winter in Rotorua runs from June to August. You can expect temperatures during these months to be in the range of 9°C to 16°C.
In addition, there is more rain in the winter than in other months, but only slightly more. Wind shouldn’t be too much of a hassle either as Rotorua is inland so is relatively well sheltered, particularly compared to coastal areas.
So, that’s the stage set for winters in Rotorua. If you are planning on visiting during the winter months, what can you do? Here are our top picks.
Head to Kaituna River for Some White-Water Rafting
Don’t let the winter months put you off booking a white-water rafting adventure. The Kaituna River is suitable for white water rafting at any time of the year. We provide you with a wet suits, fleece tops, and splash jackets to keep you nice and warm in winter! Whether it is winter, summer, autumn, or spring, the seven-metre Tutea waterfall is waiting for you.
Go Mountain Biking
If you are into mountain biking, head to the Whakarewarewa Forest where you will find 100 km of trails that you can ride at any time of the year. The scenery is stunning and there are trails to suit all ability levels. You could spend days here without riding the same trail twice! Mountain bike hire starts at just $35 for two hours at Planet Bike!
Soak in a Natural Hot Pool
One of the most famous attractions of Rotorua is our hot pools. They are all natural and are a relaxing and refreshing experience. Plus, you can enjoy them whatever the weather. Hells Gate is one hot pool location you should check out.
Visit the Buried Village
The Buried Village is a fantastic museum in Rotorua that tells the story of what life was like for early settlers to this part of the country. The way of life for those settlers changed forever in 1886 when Mt Tarawera erupted causing devastation.
Outside the museum, you can visit archaeological sites as well as enjoying the natural scenery.
Go for a Walk in Kuirau Park
Kuirau Park offers a number of enjoyable walking tracks where you can enjoy Rotorua’s natural environment. Along the way, you will encounter steaming lakes and geothermal vents. The best part is it’s free!
There is something for everyone during the winter months in Rotorua. So much so you’ll have just as good a time as when visiting at other times of the year.