Why Rotorua should be your next long weekend destination

Looking for a new destination for your next long weekend? We’re lucky to have a lot of long weekends over the warmer months, often filled with lots of fun on the water, ice creams, and making lifelong memories! Places can get busy, and it’s best to be prepared, so if you’re looking for your next long weekend destination, here are all the reasons why Rotorua should be at the top of your list!

194318 rotoruanz lakefront at sunset credit paul michael

Credit: Paul Michael

The perfect destination for Adrenaline-junkies

Rotorua is a mecca for thrill-seekers, with plenty of exhilarating activities on offer for adventurers looking to push their limits. From exhilarating 4×4 rides at Off Road NZ to freefalling and swooping into fun at Velocity Valley – a Rotorua adventure weekend is the perfect opportunity to test your limits and try new things! Read more about Rotorua for adrenaline-junkies.

Rotorua is the perfect all-weather destination

We’ve all experienced it – family getaways can become a source of stress when the weather doesn’t cooperate with your planned itinerary. The atmosphere may sour if the sky turns grey, but fear not! We’ve curated a list of all-weather activities in Rotorua that will brighten up your holiday, regardless of what the forecast has in store. Hint: Off Road NZ is perfect in the rain – the muddier the better, we say! Read more about the perfect all-weather adventure activities in Rotorua.

Plan a romantic weekend with a difference

Sure, planning a surprise day out or date night can be fun – but why not take it a step further and organise a surprise trip for someone special in your life? Whether for a birthday, proposal, elopement or just for fun, there’s plenty of hidden gems in Rotorua and beyond that’ll sweep your lucky travel companion off their feet. Plus, you’re bound to earn lots of brownie points! Venture into the wilderness at Off Road NZ and take your special someone on a forest adventure – you’re bound to have plenty of laughs along the way. Or maybe you want to paddle into paradise on one of the stunning lakes in the region? For something extra special, take to the skies with Volcanic Air and discover Rotorua from a helicopter – there’s so much to see in this spectacular volcanic haven. Check out all our tips for planning a surprise getaway to Rotorua.

Crazy about cars? Make sure Rotorua is on your North Island itinerary

If you’re planning to travel to the stunning North Island and looking for some automotive adventures, we’ve got you covered. From classic cars to convertibles, rally cars to racetracks, and a splash of adrenaline thrown in for good measure, there’s plenty to fuel your roadie and keep the tank topped up. Choose to do it all in one go, or pick a new destination each long weekend and spread the fun times out! Check out the full itinerary here.

Off Road Monster Thrill Ride Fun

So, pack your bags and get ready to create lasting memories in the heart of New Zealand’s thermal haven. Rotorua awaits, promising an unforgettable escape for your next long weekend getaway.

January 11, 2024


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Hold on tight for 360° spins, epic obstacles, and race along forest tracks on our Monster 4X4 Thrill Ride 🙌 This is the ultimate off-road adventure you NEED to experience!

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Our Amazing Mechanic/Guide Sloan has put in the sweat, the grind, and the heart, and now it's time to shine as he competes in his first Body Building Competition today!! 

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Rob D has broken his own record as the most senior participant to enjoy Raceline Karting here at Off Road NZ, previously conquering this track at the age of 87 and now at the age of 94.9!!!😎 

He shared the track with his son, grandson and flagged over the finish line by his soon to be first great grand child!

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