Take a walk to Government Gardens, which is where you’ll also find the Rotorua Museum, the Blue Baths and Polynesian Spa.
Next to Lake Rotorua is the Mototara walk, where you can see some geothermal features. It’s a public area, with no entry fees payable.
A couple of kilometres out of town are:
The Redwoods || This beautiful redwood grove was planted over 100 years ago, and is a lovely place for a relaxing and beautiful walk.
As a major tourist hub, there are a lot of activity operators in town.
Whitewater rafting on the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall. If you don’t want to raft, you can still enjoy the waterfalls by taking the Okere Fallswalk. This is a beautiful half hour walk where you can see white water rafters plunging over the Kaituna. Recommended for people that want to stay dry! Walk in one direction along the track, then come back on the road (or walk back the way you came).
One of the closest main thermal areas to town is Te Puia.
Rotorua features extensive Maori culture, so in the evening you may consider attending a Maori cultural performance. Tamaki Maori Experience & Hangi Dinner is a recommended option.
Mountain Biking || Rotorua is an internationally renowned mountain biking destination. There’s relaxed family-style riding possible at The Redwoods, and some more serious downhill riding not far from town.