Local Activities and Attractions

Local Activities

  • Coffee or a beer at the Okere falls store, just 8 minutes way towards Tauranga
  • Horse Riding tracks and horses can be "rented" in various locations around the district
  • Keen on walking? many walks and hikes can be done within a "stones trow" ex Rotorua
  • Mountain Biking in the Red woods, many tracks from beginners to experienced, check out Crankworks in March each year
  • Restaurants / Cafes a plenty... check out the new" Eatstreat"
  • Rotorua all go in 2016
  • Rotorua has many golf courses, play just one, or play them all
  • Swimming in one of the natural lakes can be great fun, the blue lake in particular is very clean and has a great beach
  • Take a fishing trip with a local fisherman and catch and smoke a trout
  • The beach is never far away, either a lake beach or further a field, try the mount or a small beach near Makatu (take a dollar gold coin donation)
  • Thursday night Farmers Market ( Centre of Town)
  • Try Skydiving at the Rotorua Airport, just 3 minutes from Woodberry farm

Local Attractions

Buried Village

See the effects of the 1886 Tarawera Mountain erruption.

Freebies and must do's

Walk around the Blue or Green Lakes, Okere Falls and Kaituna River, Ohinemutu village with carved buildings and St Faiths Maori Church, The craft trail and visit local craft folk at work in their own surroundings, Kurau park, sat morning market and hot foot pools, Lake front walk, Hamurana redwood and spring walk, Sulphur flats walk (behind the convention centre), Saturday morning market at Kurau park, Craft Market (most weekends), Thursday evening CBD open air market (speciality food and art), Redwood walk and visitor center,

Hot Pools

Various hot pools in the area, popular pools are Blue Baths, Polynesian Hot Pools, Waikite Hot Pools

Kaituna River Rafting

White water rafting over the Okere Falls and down the Kaituna River.

Mountain Biking

Rotorua is famous for its mountain biking trails, the Redwoods are a heaven for anything and anyone. And no you do not have to plunge 25 meters down a gully to participate. At Waipa you can rent bikes and take off on the many tracks and trails the forest has to offer. Come back and enjoy a coffee or some lunch at the Outdoor cafe where every one is every ones equal as long as you are in some form of bike gear. Many special events are held during the year and often during those times all accommodation is taken up! Book early.


Okere Falls store

The Okere falls store is a great place for a great coffee and if you like breakfast or lunch.The store offers a range of interesting food items and often on Sundays there is a band. Also look out for the famous Beer fest ! The Okere falls provide for a great walk along the Kaituna and several points of historic significance are placed along the walk. A must visit while you stay at Woodberry farm.


Polynesian Spa

Have a swim in the natural thermal mineral pools.

Rainbow Springs and Kiwi Bird Sanctury.

Redwood Forest

Amazing bush walks. All paths are marked and you can take many different trails from 30 minutes to 4 hours.

Rotorua District

Rotorua has achieved something a lot of destinations can only dream about - they have created a hundred ways to experience the natural wonders around them, without impacting significantly on the environment. So you can zoom through the forest on a huge network of mountain biking trails, visit the beautifully lit Rainbow Springs at night, or watch the world go by from inside the Zorb - a cross between a bouncy castle and a tumble dryer. Kaituna is the world's highest rafted waterfall - the seven metre drop is so huge, you'll have time to call home on the way down and say goodbye to the people you love. Those 16 lakes really are something special, and each has it's own reason to visit. We're told you can catch a trout at Lake Tarawera, then cook it for tea in the natural hot water beach along the southern shore.

Rotorua General

Article Air NZ Mag 2019

Rotorua Museum and Government gardens

The Rotorua Museum is unique and offers a great few hours of cultural and historic information and background to the city and district. An earthquake cinema is a very popular "attraction" A great way to spend a morning or afternoon.

Rotorua place to be

Reasons the visit and enjoy


Rotorua Steams Ahead

The new tree walk in the redwood forest and Polynesian spa proves hugely popular


Although not an attraction, rather an essential a new Supermarket has opened in 2017, just out of Te Ngai, a mere 6 Km from Woodberry farm towards the City .

Tamaki Maori Village

Tamaki traditional cultural concert. Be taken into the bush for an experience of a life-time then view the hangi (food) cooking. Stay on for a maru dinner and entertainment.

Te Puia

Best of Maori traditional wood carving, weaving and live Kiwi birds.

Wai-o-tapu Geothermal Wonderland

Volcanic craters, Silica pools and boiling mud.

Woodberryfarm cottages off the beaten track

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