A gem of a place for those that love the outdoors, there really are options aplenty when it comes to things to do in Rotorua.

From the huge mountain biking community who love the rush of the specialised tracks around the region, to those who prefer the milder side of adventure and will happily explore the geothermal areas for hours, Rotorua see and do opportunities cater to all sorts of personalities.

Things to do in Rotorua also include checking out the amazingly impressive galleries about the town showcasing Māori arts and contemporary crafts from around New Zealand, and if you’d like to do that from the comfort of a cafe then Rotorua offers that option too. Get up high and visit the eateries (and the luge!) at the top of the gondola for a classic Rotorua see and do excursion, and make sure to spend time wandering the night markets and the infamous Eat Streat where nighttime eating and drinking takes off.

Night Moves: The Best Things To Do in Rotorua in the Evening

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When you're out having a good time, the last thing you want to do when the sun sets is call it quits and head back to your hotel room. Fortunately, there's no shortage of activities in Rotorua to keep the fun going well into the night. So whether you're after an adrenaline rush, a meal or drink worth savouring or simply a quiet way to unwind under the stars, here's our guide for what to do in Rotorua after dark.

Te Pā Tū

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Te Pā Tū is a celebration of Māori culture—history, traditions, aspirations, and, of course, kai (cuisine).

Rotorua Night Market

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Every Thursday from 5 pm enjoy shopping street-side at an impressive range of boutique food, arts and produce stalls.

New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute

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The artistic heart of Rotorua.

The Wall and Basement Cinema

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The music is loud, the staff are laid-back, and once you’re done climbing you can sit back and enjoy an indie film in a comfy theatre.