White-water sledge and raft in Rotorua
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A must-do on your round trip through New Zealand is rafting or white water sledge in Rotorua. The Kaituna river is one of the few places in the world where you will experience real challenges while rafting. It has a more than 7 meters high waterfall as a highlight, the highest commercial waterfall in the world! One for the bucket list!
Where is it?
Rotorua is located slightly north of the center of the New Zealand North Island, 60 kilometers south of Tauranga, and 105 kilometers southeast of Hamilton. The city has about 55,000 inhabitants and is located in an area with a lot of geothermal activity. When you drive through Rotorua you will discover this quickly. At the most weird places you will find steam coming from the ground, and the characteristic sulfur air welcomes you long before you arrive in the center of the city.
Where to stay
Almost every hostel and every campsite in Rotorua offers trips to the natural whitewater course, however we recommend the Hillside Homestead (if you are not on a budget). Staying here, we experienced living history but with all the modern conveniences. This house is amazing, it is super green with it's local food from the garden. Hillside Homestead is a working farm and provides for incredible farm-to-table breakfasts.
We were blown away by this place. And we were not the only one, on booking.com they get an average rating of 9.4.
Best time to visit
We recommend visiting Rotorua in summer (December, January and February) because when the Glacier melts it fills the rivers. Click here for the average weather in Rotorua.