The Best Things to Do in Rotorua at Night

After a day of gazing over the gorgeous city on the Skyline Gondola, you’re hungry and curious about what there is to do in Rotorua at night. Look no more. It’s nightfall, the perfect time to explore Rotorua’s landscape on the Night Luge!

We'll talk about that in a moment, but for now, the best things to do in Rotorua at night are:

  1. Night Luge
  2. Enjoy a cold craft beer
  3. Visit Rotorua's oldest pub
  4. Play mini-golf
  5. Relax at Polynesian Spa
  6. Redwoods Treewalk
  7. Government Gardens
  8. Lake Rotorua Night Cruise
  9. Rotorua Night Market
  10. Natural Thermal Hot Springs
  11. Tamaki Maori & Mitai Maori Village

A Gondola reaches the Skyline Rotorua complex as the sun sets behind.
Image Credit: Skyline Rotorua

1. Rotorua Night Luge

This one-of-a-kind evening experience features our world-famous Luge tracks, but beautifully framed by an array of disco lights to light up the track.

You’ve never seen Rotorua as mesmerizing as this. Follow our colourful lights all the way down the Scenic track and stop for Instagram snaps to amaze your mates – or discover Rotorua’s sparkling cityscape under the beautiful white lights of the Intermediate Luge track.

Opening Times: Visit our Night Luge page for the most up-to-date Night Luge open hours
Price: prices page for the most up to date pricing for Skyline Rotorua's Gondola Ride & Night Luge experience.

Remember to check the sunset times for the day when you book – the lights turn on when the sun is down!

Two friends smile as they race each other down the Skyline Rotorua Night Luge tracks.
Image Credit: Skyline Rotorua

2. Enjoy A Cold Craft Beer at Stratosfare Bar & Restaurant

After seeing Rotorua’s gorgeous cityscape on the Night Luge, grab a cold one at Skyline’s award-winning Stratosfare Restaurant. We have an excellent selection of craft beers on offer, complementing our dinner menu made from fresh seasonal produce.

We’re proud to present some of New Zealand’s finest local meats and seafood, with delicious vegetarian options available as well. After an exciting evening under the stars, you’ll thank yourself for booking a relaxing dinner with views from Mount Ngongotaha.

Dinner Hours: Stratosfare hours vary frequently between holiday periods, so please see our open hours page for the most up-to-date open hours.

A Couple Holding Hands And Enjoying Wine At The Stratosfare Restaurant With View Of Lake Rotorua Behind Them.
Image Credit: Skyline Rotorua

3. Rotorua’s Oldest Pub - Pig & Whistle

Along with Stratosfare Bar & Restaurant, another Rotorua institution is the Pig & Whistle Pub. Sit back and relax in the historic atmosphere and enjoy sampling Moa Brewery’s craft beers on tap as well as fine New Zealand wines. Try the mouth-watering pub grub and enjoy live music every Friday and Saturday night.

Happy Hour: 3:30pm – 6pm weekdays (excludes holidays)
Full Menu: 11:30am - 10:00pm daily.

A bartender pours a drink at the Rotorua Pig and Whistle Pub.
Image Credit: Pig & Whistle Pub

4. Mini Golf Rotorua

This magical night-time wonderland abounds with native New Zealand flora and fauna amongst the challenging golf course. Mini Golf Rotorua is the perfect unique, romantic spot to take a date or spend a fun night out with your friends. Whether you’re travelling by yourself, in a group, or a family, you’ll love putting among twinkling lights, friendly Flemish Giant rabbits, local birdlife and cascading waterfalls.

Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Tues to Sat), 10am – 6pm (Sun to Mon).

3 giant Flemish rabbits sprawled at the Rotorua mini putt course.
Image Credit: Mini Golf Rotorua

5. Polynesian Spa Treatment

Ready for one of the most relaxing evenings of your life? The bubbling geothermal pools of Rotorua have soothed travellers’ aching bodies for centuries. Visit the historic Polynesian Spa and take advantage of this region's mineral-rich mud and thermal spring waters to warm up on a chilly night – or sign up for an invigorating spa and wellness experience to recharge your batteries.

Opening Hours: 8am – 11pm daily.

Two people enter a hot pool at the Rotorua Polynesian Spa.
Image Credit: polynesianspa

6. Redwoods Treewalk Under the Stars

For a more relaxed and very immersive Rotorua night activity, try a nature discovery walk. Stroll amongst 118-year-old Redwood giants as you pass over intricately designed bridges and platforms which accentuate the beauty of the dense woodlands. Charming lanterns light the 700-metre path on this 40-minute eco-tourism walk, which is open all year round. Prices start at $35 per Adult.

Opening Hours: 9am – 10:30pm (last entry at 10pm) – lights switched on at dusk!

Two people stand in front of an impressive light display at the Red Woods Treewalk at night.
Image Credit: treewalknz

7. Government Gardens

Gifted to the Crown by the Māori people in the late 19th century, these culturally significant gardens now provide a space for activities such as bowls, petanque, croquet and golf. Government Gardens is also home to a soldiers’ memorial of the Te Arawa tribe, the Klamath Falls Rose Garden, Te Runanga Tearooms, a band rotunda, Blue Baths and the famous Rotorua Museum. It’s open all year round and entry is free.

Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm daily.

A beautiful collection of flowers in the foreground with the historic Government Gardens building in the background.
Image Credit: boltashtonrifle

8. Lake Rotorua Night Cruise

Admire the historic Lake Rotorua’s natural beauty at night on the Lakeland Queen. Operating various cruises throughout the day, this gorgeous heritage vessel provides a relaxing one-hour dinner cruise at night. Enjoy appetising cuisine and full-bodied wines with the soft sounds of the paddle in the background.

Opening Hours: Daily 1-hour dinner cruise, from 6pm – 7pm.

The Lakeland Queen return to harbour.
Image Credit: Lakeland Queen

9. Rotorua Night Market

One of the must-see attractions in Rotorua is the Night Market. Stroll through this family-friendly local market to browse unique stalls showcasing the best produce, arts and crafts of Rotorua. Sample local and ethnic cuisine from one of the many food vendors and take a seat for entertainment by talented local musicians.

Opening Hours: Thursday evenings from 5pm - 9pm (dependent on weather).

The Rotorua Night Markets.
Image Credit: Rotorua Night Markets

10. Natural Thermal Hot Springs

End your action-packed day with a soak in some of Rotorua’s best and natural thermal waters to revive your mind, body and soul. Experience the healing benefits of the 100% pure geothermal Living Waters of the Te Manaroa natural boiling spring.

Try a soak in Rotorua’s most active geothermal park at Hell’s Gate. Open until 8.30 pm, enjoy an interactive guided or self-guided tour before sliding into a geothermal mud pool or sulphur spa. A half-hour drive out of the Rotorua city centre will bring you to Waitangi Soda Springs, a site famed for relaxation and healing.

Opening Hours:
Hell’s Gate - 8:30 am - 8:30 pm (Winter)/10:00pm (Summer) – open every day apart from Christmas Day
Soda Springs - 7 days a week, all year round.

A group of friends enjoying the mud pools at Rotorua's Hells Gates.
Image Credit: hellsgatenz

11. Tamaki Māori & Mitai Māori Village

Experience true NZ hospitality at the Tamaki Māori Village and Mitai Māori Village. Listen to storytellers share their customs, traditions and way of life. Watch as they perform ceremonial rituals and cultural re-enactments before offering you to take part in a traditional Hāngi feast.

A Maori male pulls a pukana as part of a traditional maori performance at the Tamaki Maori Village.
Image Credit: tamakimaorivillage

Rotorua is a culturally rich city that has so much to offer her visitors. Whether you came to chill out or to chase adventure, evening ushers in plenty of fun things to do in Rotorua.

We hope you enjoy these great night attractions. Browse our blog further to discover everything Skyline Rotorua has to offer – including fantastic holiday itinerary ideas such as the adrenaline-packed Skyswing, Zoom Ziplines, and much more.

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