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Strategically located at the center of New Zealand’s North Island, Rotorua makes a popular basecamp for exploring the surrounding sights. After exploring its geothermal attractions and Maori cultural sites, here’s where to head for a day trip. 

Hobbiton — 43 miles (70 km) northwest of Rotorua
A must-see for fans of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films, Hobbiton tours give visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the set that were built for the films. Pose for a photo outside Bilbo Baggins’ home; stock up on Hobbit-themed souvenirs; and grab a bite at the Shire’s Rest café or a pint of ale at the Green Dragon Inn.

Taupo — 51 miles (82 km) southwest of Rotorua
New Zealand’s largest lake is a spectacular setting for outdoor activities, with popular choices including sailing, jet boating, rafting, hiking, and even skydiving. Make a day of it by including a stop at the Wai-O-Topu Geothermal Wonderland, Huka Falls, or the Wairakei Thermal area.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves — 87 miles (140 km) west of Rotorua
Discover the natural wonders of Waitomo with a visit to the Glowworm Caves, one of the best places in the country to see glittering glowworms. Marvel at the dramatic limestone formations, take a boat ride through the glowworm grotto, or try activities like cave tubing or rafting along a subterranean river.

Auckland — 142 miles (228 km) northwest of Rotorua
New Zealand’s largest city is a scenic 3-hour drive from Rotorua, which leaves plenty of time to drive across the Auckland Harbour Bridge, take in the views from the Sky Tower, or walk up One Tree Hill. One-way tours are also a great way to maximize your time, starting in Rotorua, ending in Auckland, and taking in sights such as the Mamaku Ranges, Fitzgerald Glade, and Waitomo caves along the way.
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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Small-Group Day Tour From Rotorua

Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Small-Group Day Tour From Rotorua

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Experience two of New Zealand's top attractions in one day. Travel on a small-group tour from Rotorua to Waitomo Glowworm Caves where an official guide explains the natural features. Then explore the Shire at the Hobbiton Movie Set, and hear behind-the-scenes stories from “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies. Visit Bilbo’s hobbit hole and enjoy a drink at the Green Dragon Inn.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Taupo Day Trip with Orakei Korako from Rotorua

Taupo Day Trip with Orakei Korako from Rotorua

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Discover New Zealand’s geothermal hotspots on a day trip from Rotorua to Lake Taupo, stopping to explore one of two remarkable destinations. Select Orakei Korako to see terraced pools of steaming water, or opt for Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland’s otherworldly colors. Limited to 11 people for more personal service, this day trip includes pickup and drop-off at centrally-located hotels, as well as entrance fees at the geothermal site.
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  • 8 hours
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Rotorua Highlights Small Group Tour Including Te Puia from Auckland
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Rotorua Highlights Small Group Tour Including Te Puia from Auckland

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Combine the top sights of Rotorua and Te Puia in a single comprehensive day tour from Auckland. Traveling with a guide and following a carefully curated itinerary means you won't miss any of the important sights. Visit the Maori cultural landmarks and geothermal spots of Te Puia, as well as the city sights in Rotorua, accompanied by insightful guided commentary. Round-trip transportation from Auckland means you can focus on the scenery and the experience instead of driving and directions.
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  • 12 hours
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves & Hobbiton Movie Set - Rotorua Day Tour

Waitomo Glowworm Caves & Hobbiton Movie Set - Rotorua Day Tour

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Deluxe small group tour Combo from Rotorua Experience two of New Zealand's most popular & unique visitor attractions Hobbiton Movie Set & The Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Meander underground along the Waitomo River and gaze in silence at the myriad of glow worm lights that make up the Glowworm Grotto. You'll gently glide through the impressive underground caverns in silent darkness amid the beauty of twinkling glowworms overhead. From here we head to The Hobbiton Movie Set where you will enjoy an official fully guided tour of the Hobbiton movie set, which was created in impressive detail for the filming of the hobbit films! And where Bilbo Baggins and Frodo live! ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogies. Enjoy a complimentary drink in the Green Dragon at the end of your tour. This is a small group tour with your personal driver guide for the day! This allows for a more intimate and personal experience!
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  • 9 hours
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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour and Te Puia Geysers in Rotorua

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour and Te Puia Geysers in Rotorua

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Take in two of the North Island's top attractions in one day on a combination tour that visits Wai-o-tapu and the Hobbiton Movie Set. Booking this package ensures your admission to these popular attractions, and the full-day tour includes all entrance fees, hotel pickup and drop-off, and insightful commentary from your driver-guide.
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  • 9 hours
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Ziplining Forest Adventure - The Original Canopy Tour Rotorua
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Ziplining Forest Adventure - The Original Canopy Tour Rotorua

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This Rotorua zipline tour takes you soaring through a centuries-old forest canopy as you switch between the six zipline cables suspended 72 feet (22 meters) above the ground. Get a bird’s-eye view as two expert guides suit you up with safety equipment and teach you about the forest environment. Bonus: you can later download photos taken of you during your treetops adventure. Round-trip hotel transport is included on this small-group tour, limited to 10 people.
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  • 3 hours
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Mitai Maori Village Cultural Experience in Rotorua

Mitai Maori Village Cultural Experience in Rotorua

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Get an authentic introduction to Maori culture with an evening at the Mitai Maori Village of Rotorua. See warriors in traditional dress paddle in an ancient canoe, and be captivated by the displays of weaponry. You'll watch 'haka' and poi dances and view glowworms in their natural habitat. This 3-hour experience includes round-trip hotel transport and a traditional 'hangi' feast with your admission ticket.
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  • 3 hours
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Hell's Gate Mud Bath & Spas
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Hell's Gate Mud Bath & Spas

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Treat yourself to a 1-hour therapeutic mud bath and sulfur spa package at Hells Gate Geothermal Park. Located in one of Rotorua’s most active geothermal zones, Hells Gate features mud bath treatments that leave your body rejuvenated and skin smooth. Have the option to cool off with a dip in waterfall pools after your treatment, and enjoy the ease of round-trip hotel transfers.
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  • 2 hours
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Cultural Experience & Seasonal Māori Cuisine at Te Pā Tū
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Cultural Experience & Seasonal Māori Cuisine at Te Pā Tū

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While in Rotorua, see a cultural performance and take part in a traditional Maori ‘hangi’ feast at Te Pā Tū featuring the lesser known delicacies of the culture. A local guide escorts you by coach to the ‘marae’ (Maori village) for an immersive evening that begins with a welcome ceremony by New Zealand's indigenous people. Learn about local customs and watch a powerful display of song and dance before a hangi dinner.
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  • 4 hours
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Rotorua Rafting - Kaituna River White Water Rafting
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Rotorua Rafting - Kaituna River White Water Rafting

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Go on an adrenaline-filled rafting excursion down the Kaituna River during this 3-hour adventure tour from Rotorua. Here, white-water rapids flow past a subtropical rainforest lining a deep canyon. See stunning waterfalls, including rafting over Tutea Falls, and jump at the opportunity for exhilarating cliff diving. Tour operates winter and summer. Wetsuit, booties and helmet are provided. No experience necessary!
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  • 3 hours
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Rotorua Duck Boat Guided City and Lakes Tour

Rotorua Duck Boat Guided City and Lakes Tour

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Discover Rotorua on a 1.5-hour duck tour. This sightseeing adventure takes you aboard a World War II amphibious vehicle — able to travel on land and water. Start with a city tour past Government Gardens, the Blue Baths and more before splashing down into Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) and Lake Okareka. Enjoy family fun along the way with a provided duck caller, and listen to live commentary about Rotorua’s history and local landmarks.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 1 hour 45 minutes
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3D Trick Art Gallery

3D Trick Art Gallery

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Have fun with your friends or family at the only 3D trick art gallery on New Zealand’s North Island. Explore the more than 50 trick artworks, many of which you can jump into to take convincing, lifelike photos. The gallery is conveniently located in the heart of Rotorua, so you can combine a visit with other must-see attractions and activities. This is a fun and handy activity for an exciting morning or afternoon.
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  • 40 minutes to 1 hour
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Katoa Jet Boat tour on Lake Rotorua

Katoa Jet Boat tour on Lake Rotorua

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Blast around Lake Rotorua on a jet boat tour! An expert driver spins you around on an adrenaline-infused adventure and delivers you at top-speed to all of the iconic landmarks. Experience 30 action-packed minutes of family-friendly fun as you hear live narration on the history of the area. Select from multiple departure times; spray jackets included.
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  • 30 minutes
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves + Hobbiton Movie Set, Rotorua Pick Up Day Tour

Waitomo Glowworm Caves + Hobbiton Movie Set, Rotorua Pick Up Day Tour

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Visit two of Waikato’s highlights on this easy day trip from Rotorua. You’ll be picked up from central Rotorua and driven to the dazzling Waitomo Caves for a morning tour. Take a magical underground boat ride through glowworm caves, then continue on to Hobbiton in Matamata. Lord of the Rings fans and casual visitors alike will be amazed by the quirky set and beautiful surroundings.
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  • 9 hours
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Hobbiton: Te Puia: Redwood Forest, Rotorua Highlights, Small Group Day Tour

Hobbiton: Te Puia: Redwood Forest, Rotorua Highlights, Small Group Day Tour

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Discover Rotorua’s geothermal sites and Maori traditions on a full-day tour to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Te Puia, where you’ll see geysers, mud pools, kiwi birds, and Maori crafts. Combining the two destinations adds a fascinating cultural twist to exploring Rotorua's simmering volcanic landscape, and free time at lunch means you’ll have the flexibility to bring a picnic or choose a restaurant that suits you.
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  • 9 hours
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