3 Amazing adventures for thrillseekers to enjoy in Rotorua

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    Listen up, thrill-seekers! There’s a not-so-new but underrated adventure capital to explore. Complete with jaw-dropping attractions and now-or-never activities that will leave you happily breathless.

    Rotorua has developed a historical reputation, attracting curious fact-finders and scientists in droves. It’s hard to go past a city on the cusp of a geothermal valley.

    While the stories and lessons of yesterday are engaging, the verdant surrounds deliver adventure after adventure. Satiating extreme appetites with ease. Make New Zealand travel a breeze and note down these three Rotorua experiences.

    Get Lost in the Treetops

    No Rotorua holiday is complete without a trek through the treetops. The Redwood Treewalk transports willing visitors to another world. A world where native birds rule the branches.

    Walk amongst the Trees in Rotorua
    Walk amongst the Trees  (photo: Treewalk)


    Stalk twenty-three suspension bridges, leisurely pausing on one of the many eco-friendly living decks. It’s a guilt-free tour, as each apparatus has been designed to adapt, changing with the fragile forest eco-system. Serene and a little bit heart-pumping in places, unless you’re totally okay with heights. Take the course at your own pace, discovering a different side of New Zealand.

    • Fun Fact: The Redwood Treewalk is a world record holder, spanning 533 metres between 22 towering, 100-year old Redwoods.
    • Something Different: Ditch daytime antics and settle in for a twilight experience. Walkers enjoy the Redwood Forest from dusk until late via Redwood Nightlights.

    Velocity Valley

    Bungy, flips and tricks, Velocity Valley is the original home of giddy spills on the North Island. If you’re into slow, ambling experiences, this isn’t the place for you. Adrenaline junkies aim for speed on the Shweeb, a human-powered monorail racetrack. It is every bit as awesome as it sounds.

    Experience the freefall
    Experience the Freefall (photo: Velociy Valley)

    Strap into the Rotorua Bungy; and sweep the earth on the Swoop, breaking speeds of 130km/ph. Hungry for more? Try the Freefall Xtreme wind tunnel or airbag biking. You’ll be able to freestyle over ramps without worrying about the risk or broken bones!

    • Fun Fact: The Argojet is the fastest jet sprint experience in New Zealand, breaking 100km/ph and 3 Gs of pure force.
    • Need to Know: Each ride has its own height minimum.

    White Water Wonder

    Take a nerve-testing tour of Rotorua’s white-water river system – churning rapids, big dips and diving course changes abound on these grade 4 and 5 beauties. Your experienced guide helps you take on waterfalls and speedy sections with confident aplomb.

    Rafting down the Kaituna
    Rafting down the Kaituna (photo: River Rats)
    • Fun Fact: You’ll have the opportunity – should you want it – to raft a 7m high waterfall! Go big or go home.
    • Something Different: If rapids aren’t quite your thing, sledging is growing in popularity, combining speed and river exploration.

    Rearing to savour the sights of Rotorua? We can get you there. Contact Kirra Tours today and kick off your North Island adventure holiday.

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