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The Honeymoon & Romantic Getaway Guide to Rotorua ♨️ [2024]

The Honeymoon & Romantic Getaway Guide to Rotorua ♨️ [2024]

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How to Plan a Honeymoon or Romantic Getaway to Rotorua

Rotorua is a hotspot in New Zealand for geothermal activity and the Māori culture, but there are a few easy ways to turn this obligatory visit on your itinerary into a romantic one. Swap a walk around a geothermal park for a sensual experience in mineral-rich hot pools, opt for adventures where you can share every moment together like Zorbing and kayaking under glowworms, and treat the senses to locally-produced wines and breathtaking views from Rotorua’s premium tasting room. Complement your getaway with a stay in a boutique hotel or lodge and you have the perfect romantic getaway to Rotorua.

Plan your romantic retreat with this honeymoon and romantic getaway guide to Rotorua.

10 Most Romantic Activities in Rotorua

What does a romantic getaway to Rotorua look like? Here are a few quick ideas before we go into the details.

  1. Kayak or SUP through a cave of glowworms with River Rats Rafts & Kayak or Paddle Board Rotorua
  2. Enjoy the views and the ride of a guided horse trek with Adventure Playground
  3. Walk hand-in-hand on Rotorua’s picture-perfect walks
  4. Unwind in a natural mineral hot pool
  5. Roll down a hill in a giant Zorb ball together
  6. Fly over Rotorua’s volcano, lakes and geothermal landscape with Volcanic Air
  7. Enjoy the pretty light show of the Redwoods Treewalk at night
  8. Fly through the trees together on a ziplining tour with Rotorua Canopy Tours
  9. Indulge in local wines and platters at Volcanic Hills Winery
  10. Treat your loved one to a romantic dinner at Rotorua’s restaurants.

For more information on each activity to plan for your romantic getaway to Rotorua, check out the 20 Most Romantic Things to Do in Rotorua for Couples.

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Romantic Adventure Activities

Rotorua is all about romantic adventures, whether it’s wandering the Redwood Forest with the picturesque light displays at night or working as a team in a double kayaking mission.

Glowworms Kayaking and Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Combine kayaking with glowworms and you have a winner! Join River Rats Rafts & Kayak (837 Te Ngae Road, Ōwhata) for a sunset paddle on Lake Rotoiti where you’ll drift through glowworm caves, soak in natural hot springs and conclude with a picnic barbecue dinner.

Alternatively, opt for a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) for a similar-but-different adventure with Paddle Board Rotorua (depart 1167 Fenton Street). They offer a shorter tour to see Lake Rotoiti’s hidden glowworm cave. Kayaking with them is also available.

Horse Trekking

What could be more romantic than riding with your loved one on a majestic steed? Well, riding with your loved one on a majestic steed with breathtaking views of Lake Rotorua! Adventure Playground (451 Ngongotaha Road) offers guided horse treks on the hills of Mt Ngongotaha where you’ll wind through native forest to open hills overlooking Rotorua and the lake. The tour is suitable for beginners to experienced riders.

Romantic Walks

And if you are looking for activities to help stick to your honeymoon/romantic getaway budget, never fear. Rotorua has a wealth of walking trails in and around the city. A romantic stroll along the waterfront at sunset on the Rotorua Walkway is an easy go-to for couples, while those looking to escape to nature may enjoy the Blue Lake Walk around Lake Tikitapu. Find out more about these walks and others in the 20 Best Walks in Rotorua.

More Romantic Adventure Activities

Check out more romantic ideas, like scenic flights over a volcano and the Redwoods Treewalk at night, in the 20 Romantic Activities in Rotorua. Plus, for experiences that aren’t necessarily “romantic” but marvellous nonetheless, check out the 50 Best Things to Do in Rotorua.

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Romantic All-Weather Activities

The weather might not always play ball in Rotorua but that doesn’t have to put a damper on your honeymoon or romantic getaway to Rotorua, especially when there are 15 Things to Do in Rotorua on a Rainy Day.


It will hardly matter what the weather is doing when you’re together rolling down a hill in an oversized inflatable hamster ball with Zorb (525 Ngongotaha Road). The Zorb ball is lined with shallow water so you’ll keep (almost) upright as you roll down one of the downhill tracks together in the same ball. Warm up between runs in the spa pool while you watch others take a turn. Check out Zorb’s page on Viator and Klook.

Hot Pools

And a must-do in Rotorua is unwinding in some of its glorious hot pools. There are a ton of amazing hot pool complexes to discover in Rotorua, from the luxurious lakeview private pools of the Polynesian Spa (1000 Hinemoa Street) to the mud pools of Hell’s Gate (351 State Highway 30, Tikitere). Check out Hell’s Gate on Viator and Klook.

Experience some of the off-the-beaten-track hot pools with Real Rotorua, who offer small-group tours to see hidden gems like Rainbow Mountain, the Waiotapu Boardwalk with mud pools and ending at the less-visited Waikite Valley Thermal Pools. Plus, check out more hot pool options in the 10 Damn Relaxing Hot Pools in New Zealand.

More Romantic All-Weather Activities

Whether working together at an escape room or soaking in lesser-known hot pools, there are more all-weather activities listed in the 15 Things to Do in Rotorua on a Rainy Day.

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Romantic Restaurants in Rotorua

Nothing concludes a romantic getaway to Rotorua quite like a special dining experience with your loved one. Indulge the senses at Volcanic Hills Winery (178 Fairy Springs Road), located at the top of the Skyline Gondola. Absorb in the spectacular views of Lake Rotorua while you sip on locally-produced wines and share a gourmet platter.

Also on-site is the Stratosfare Restaurant setting the right tone with its Italian marble, granite, schist, timber and artistic lighting. Choose from the effortless buffet offerings or the cooked-to-order menu featuring the freshest mussels from their tidal mussel tank to slow-cooked roast beef from their flame rotisserie.

Dine on cuisine from the most romantic country in the world at Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria (346 Te Ngae Road) providing a rustic Italian-style setting with well-presented plates of fresh pasta, wood-fired pizza and more.

If your loved one prefers something cool and casual, head to the Abracadabra Cafe & Bar (1263 Amohia Street) serving plates designed to be shared. Pop in for brunch with organic coffee or spend the evening sipping creative cocktails and sharing tapas and sharing platters.

More Dining Options in Rotorua

As for Rotorua’s most charming cafes and international eateries, see our top recommendations in The Food Guide to Rotorua.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Planning a Romantic Getaway to Rotorua

And for the minor details of planning a romantic escape to Rotorua, here are some FAQs to help you organise an unforgettable romantic journey.

What is the best time to visit Rotorua for a romantic getaway?

The best time for a romantic getaway to Rotorua is during the shoulder seasons, from (September to November) and autumn (March to May). These periods offer pleasant weather, fewer tourists, and the natural beauty of Rotorua in bloom or displaying autumnal hues, creating a perfect backdrop for romance. For more on the subject, check out our guide, When is the Best Time to Visit New Zealand?

What should we pack for a romantic trip to Rotorua?

For a romantic trip to Rotorua, consider packing:

  • Comfortable outdoor attire for exploring geothermal parks and adventures.
  • Swimwear for hot springs and spa experiences.
  • Elegant dining outfits for special evenings out.
  • Warm layers, as evenings can be cool, especially outside the summer months.
  • A camera to capture your memories together.
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent for your outdoor adventures.

For more advice, don’t miss our New Zealand Packing List: What to Pack for New Zealand.

What are the must-visit romantic spots in Rotorua?

For romantic moments, make sure to visit:

  • Hamurana Springs for a serene walk alongside crystal-clear waters.
  • Government Gardens for a leisurely stroll through beautifully manicured gardens.
  • Lake Tarawera for its breathtaking scenery and peaceful atmosphere.
  • Whakarewarewa Forest (The Redwoods) for an enchanting walk among towering trees.

Find more inspiration for beautiful places in the 20 Best Places to Visit in Rotorua.

How can we ensure our romantic getaway to Rotorua is unforgettable?

To make your romantic getaway unforgettable:

  • Book a couple’s spa treatment utilising Rotorua’s unique geothermal mud and mineral water.
  • Arrange for a surprise romantic gesture, like a bouquet of flowers or a special gift, to be waiting in your room upon arrival.
  • Choose accommodations with a private hot tub or balcony for intimate evenings in.
  • Plan at least one surprise activity or meal that your partner doesn’t know about for a memorable moment.

More About Rotorua

That’s it for our honeymoon and romantic getaway guide to Rotorua, but not the end of our Rotorua advice! Check out these other guides that might not necessarily fall under the “romantic” category, but are still pretty darn useful:

We hope this guide to planning a romantic getaway to Rotorua was everything you needed. If not, you can find even more honeymoon tips in The Honeymoon & Romantic Getaway Guide to New Zealand.


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About The Author

Laura S.

This article has been reviewed and published by Laura, the editor-in-chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Laura is a first-class honours journalism graduate and a travel journalist with expertise in New Zealand and South Pacific tourism for over 10 years. She also runs travel guides for five of the top destinations in the South Pacific and is the co-host of over 250 episodes of the NZ Travel Show on YouTube.

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