Post-Symposium Activities

Rotorua is known for bubbling mud pools, erupting geysers and natural hot springs, as well as showcasing our fascinating Maori culture. We are putting together a list of post symposium activities to consider.

Wai Ariki Hot Springs

Nau Mai, Haere Mai. It is time to treat yourself at the end of a hard week of conferencing! You are invited to experience Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa. Wai Ariki is uniquely built on the legacy of Ngāti Whakaue culture, healing practices and manaakitanga (practice of hospitality) – the centuries-old and internationally-renowned Ngāti Whakaue concept of welcoming manuhiri (visitors).

Nestled on the foreshore of the stunning Lake Rotorua and meaning ‘Chiefly Waters’ - Wai Ariki offers two architecturally stunning and culturally authentic areas for you to explore, unwind, rejuvenate, and relax.

Truly a feast for the senses, Wai Ariki is inspired, curated, and owned by the local iwi, Ngāti Whakaue. Both the Wai Whakaora, meaning (Restorative Journey) and the exclusive Āhuru Mōwai, meaning (Sanctuary - a place of peace and tranquillity) are founded on te ao Māori values, traditions, and culture.

Our delegates are invited to indulge in the Restorative Journey Plus for 90 minutes which includes: Waterfall (4 sequential showers to cleanse off the day before your wellness journey begins), Fire and ice cave (3 different saunas, 1 frigidarium), Bathing (2 geothermal pools, 1 hydrotherapy pool, 1 herbal pool and 1 cold plunge), mud experience and a heated steam/mist room, towel, robe, locker, and slippers at a discounted rate of $140 (inc gst).

How to Book: Call: 02 347 7111 Or
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Quote Discount Code: Plant/Food2024

Hydrotherapy Pool

Sanctuary Stargaze Pool

Redwoods Treewalk

Majestic and magical, the Redwoods Treewalk experience is truly a walk to remember. Suspended high above the forest floor, encounter 75-metre-tall redwoods as you walk across eco-suspended bridges and platforms intricately designed to honour our accentuate the stunning natural environment. Regarded by many as one of the best tree top walks in New Zealand. The walk can be enjoyed during the day or night and delegates receive a $5 discount.

Book: online through their website
Use code: TW5PLANT to claim your $5 discount.

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Adventure Playground

Looking for an adrenaline fix? Then Adventure Playground is for you.

Adventure Playground, Rotorua has something for everyone. Located on the side of Mt Ngongotaha, the view is spectacular. Offerings include 4wd Buggy Tours, Horse Trekking, Ubco 2wd Electric Farm bike Tours, Clay Shooting, Archery, Airsoft Target Shooting and Paintball. The activities are all weather.

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Book: directly on the website.

Motion Entertainment

Motion Entertainment is a good spot if you would like to try your hand at ten pin bowling, mini golf, laser tag – check out their website for more ideas.

Further ideas

Jet boating:
Jet Boating on Lake Rotorua I Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools Tours

Mountain biking:
Cycling & Mountain Biking Activities in Rotorua

Thermal activities:
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Rotorua, New Zealand
Geothermal Wonders in Rotorua

Pure Cruise NZ

Lakes and rivers:
Lakes & Rivers in Rotorua

For more information visit the tourist information website.


11-15 November 2024
Rotorua Events Centre, New Zealand

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