You don’t have to look far to experience Rotorua’s geothermal wonders—hissing geyers and bubbling mud pools can be found all around the city. Visits to Rotorua’s natural hot springs are also a popular pastime. Here are some of the best options.
1335 Paradise Valley Rd., Ngongotaha, Rotorua
Choose a tour that combines admission and ride(s) of your choice with round-trip transportation. Then, strap yourself into a high-speed Agrojet and splash around corners at 60 mph (100 kph). Feel the pressure of a Rotorua Bungy cord around your ankles, and the stomach-drop when you fall from 140 feet (43 meters). Don a squirrel suit at Freefall Xtreme and step inside an outdoor wind tunnel, where 130-mph (210-kph) winds create the feeling of falling from a plane.
Daredevils can attach themselves to a thin ripcord that is raised 130 feet (40 meters) before releasing and swooping at 80 mph (130 kph) on the Swoop super swing. If you’d prefer a ride that’s more unique than scary, step inside the world’s only Shweeb Racer: an aerodynamic, pedal-driven pod attached to a monorail track. Bicyclists of all skill levels go airborne before landing safely on a huge Freestyle Airbag.
Things to Know Before You Go
According to New Zealand law, bungee jumpers must be at least 10 years old and weigh more than 77 pounds (35 kilograms).
Minimum ages on other attractions range from 3 to 6 years old.
Passengers must be at least 3.6 feet (1.1 meters) tall to ride the Shweeb.
The 2-passenger Agrojet’s minimum height requirement is 3 feet (.9 meters).
Safety gear is required on the Freestyle Airbag and can be rented from the reception desk.
How to Get There
Velocity Valley is located at 1335 Paradise Valley Road, Ngongotaha, 15 minutes from downtown Rotorua. The park is about 4 miles (8 kilometers) from the city center and bus terminal, and 15 miles (25 kilometers) from Rotorua Airport.
When to Get There
Velocity Valley is open every day from 9am until 5pm, with the exception of Christmas Day. Because all activities take place in the outdoors, the best times to visit are when the weather is warm and dry.
Visitors Who Prefer a Slower Pace
You can take it slow on the Shweeb Racer, which is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Enjoy the view while pedaling three laps around the monorail course. Once you’re comfortable, pick up the pace and challenge your friends on dueling tracks that are perfect for racing and speed.
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