• Unleash Your Inner Adventurer: A Two-Day Rotorua and Taupō Escape

April 22, 2024

Calling all adventure seekers, nature lovers, and foodies! The road between Rotorua and Taupō in New Zealand’s North Island is a dream itinerary waiting to happen. Get ready for a whirlwind adventure packed with geothermal wonders, lush forests, stunning lakes, and experiences that will leave you breathless. Buckle up and follow our guide for an epic 48 hours exploring the best of Rotorua and Taupō! 

Day One: Unveiling Rotorua’s Geothermal Magic 




Start your day with a self-guided wonderland tour at Waiotapu. Arrive by 9:40 am to explore at your own pace, marveling at the vibrant geothermal features like the world-famous Champagne Pool, Lady Knox Geyser, and colourful sinter terraces. Don’t miss the awe-inspiring eruption of the iconic geyser at 10:15 am. 

Time to Refuel & Explore 


After getting your geyser fix, it’s time to refuel. Take a scenic 25-minute drive to Rotorua’s charming town centre. Grab a delicious pastry, sandwich, or cake from the world-famous Ciabatta Cafe & Bakery. While you’re there, explore the town and soak in the breathtaking views from the Rotorua lakefront boardwalk. For an extra dose of scenery, head to Hatupatu Scenic Point for panoramic lake views. 

A Comfortable Stay 


Post-lunch, check into your accommodation. Enjoy stunning lake views from your room at the Novotel Rotorua or enjoy a family-friendly experience at the Regal Palms Resort with a pool and spa. Both conveniently located in Rotorua’s town centre, the choice is yours. 


Learning about Māori Culture at Te

Te Pā Tū


In the evening, immerse yourself in an unforgettable four-hour cultural experience at Te Pā Māori Village. Be captivated by performances, storytelling, a haka, and a delicious four-course hākari (feast) that showcases Māori traditions, history, and cuisine. This is one of those awe-inspiring experiences that stays with you long after you return home, and you’ll be telling all your friends about. 

Rest and Recharge 

After a full day of exploring and experiences, head back to your accommodation to relax and recharge for tomorrow’s adventure. 

Day Two: Conquering the River with Rapids Jet


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your accommodation or grab a bite at Caper’s Cafe in the city centre before heading out for your jetboat adventure. 

Thrilling Rapids Jet Experience 

Rapids Jet Taupo


Get ready for the heart-pounding rapids of the Waikato River! Head to Rapids Jet, located about an hour’s drive from Rotorua. This 35-minute jet boat ride will take you on a wildly fun journey through white-water rapids, narrow canyons, and breathtaking scenery. As you navigate the mighty awa (river), your experienced guide will share stories and knowledge about the area’s fascinating Māori heritage. Departure times vary daily, so be sure to book your spot in advance! 

Wrap Up Your Adventure 

Rapids Jet Combos


After your exhilarating jet boat ride, you can return to Rotorua or explore more of the Taupō region at your own pace. This two-day itinerary is just a taste of the unforgettable experiences that await you in Rotorua and Taupō. Create lasting memories with your family or friends while exploring the geothermal wonders, natural beauty, and rich cultural traditions of New Zealand’s North Island. 

Conveniently, all these three experiences are available in one great-value combo. Book all together with this Rotorua package and you’ll save $85 per adult and $40 per child. Grab your deal today and get set to embark on your own epic adventure! 

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