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Rotorua’s most photogenic spots for the ‘gram

Rotorua, famous for thrills and adrenaline, is the ultimate family adventure. With activities for kids, family adventure playgrounds and indoor activities, everyone will find something to do in Rotorua. Experience the Freefall Xtreme, Swoop, Agrojet and all the fun family activities at Velocity Valley – the best things to do in Rotorua. But before you leave, don’t forget to stop and take time to explore the local area and most importantly, take some snaps for Instagram.

Discover Rotorua’s charm through your lens.

Capture geothermal wonders, geysers at Te Puia, the serene Redwoods Forest and your friend’s faces on giant swings like the exhilarating Swoop. Take some time to explore Mt Tarawera and the “out of this world” Waimangu Volcanic Valley before posing with bubbling mud pools and captivating landscapes – Rotorua is a photographer’s paradise.

We have found the 7 of the top Instagram photo spots in Rotorua… How many have you visited?

Shweeb Racer

Velocity Valley’s Shweeb offers a unique, human-powered monorail experience. Suspended in aerodynamic pods, riders pedal through a thrilling track, providing an eco-friendly rush of speed and fun. Set against the scenic backdrop of Rotorua, Shweeb is a one-of-a-kind adventure, perfect for those podium-finish photos.


Velocity Valley’s Swoop is an exhilarating adventure that combines adrenaline with breathtaking views. Securely harnessed, you will soar face-first at incredible speeds, swooping through the stunning rural landscape. It’s an unforgettable thrill for those seeking an adrenaline rush in one of New Zealand’s most beautiful locations. The ultimate ‘humble brag’ photo opportunity.

Rotorua Museum

The Rotorua Museum’s exterior is a stunning blend of Edwardian architecture and Māori design elements. The building, known as the Bath House, features grand white columns, ornate detailing, and a distinctive red roof. This historic structure is surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens that integrate native flora and showcase the region’s natural beauty – visit when they’re in full bloom for the winning shot.

Mount Tarawera

Mount Tarawera in Rotorua, is a significant stratovolcano known for its devastating eruption in 1886. Its towering silhouette and rugged terrain attract adventurers and hikers alike. The volcanic peak offers panoramic views of Lake Tarawera and the surrounding landscapes. Why not shoot these magnificent views by air for the ultimate bragging rights? Volcanic Air offers helicopter and floatplane flights in and around Mount Tarawera, perfect for those birds-eye view shots.

Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Waimangu Volcanic Valley is a geothermal wonderland. Created by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera, it boasts vibrant geothermal features, such as hot springs, silica terraces, and steaming lakes. The valley’s unique landscapes, including Frying Pan Lake and Inferno Crater, offer a surreal blend of colours and steam, making it a popular destination for nature enthusiasts and photographers alike.


Rotorua’s Redwoods Forest is abundant with stunning sights. Meander between the tall redwood trees as the sunlight peeks through the leaves, and gaze up to the heights above. The mix of light and dark gives photographers lots of dynamic photo opportunities, time to get creative. Sometimes, mist wraps around the trees, making the place feel magical.

Pohutu Geyser

The Pohutu Geyser in Rotorua, is a remarkable natural phenomenon known for its powerful eruptions, sending scalding water and steam up to 100 feet into the air. It’s one of the largest active geysers globally and can be found at Te Puia in Rotorua. The geyser’s frequent eruptions, accompanied by stunning displays of steam and water, make it a popular family activity and a unique and stunning photo opportunity.

From heart-racing rides to tranquil landscapes, Rotorua offers a symphony of experiences, providing every photographer a day of both excitement and beauty. Start your day at Velocity Valley and after a day of fun-filled adrenaline, make sure you spend time exploring all of Rotorua’ stunning photo spots.

  • “My son and I did the agrojet and swoop then my son did vertigo. We had so much fun, definitely 10 out of 10 for us. The staff were amazing, super friendly and great sense of humours. Thanks guys.”

    Juanita B
    February 2024

  • “This is definitely a MUST DO!! 💯 They have an awesome team that operate all the attractions in their park. We went to celebrate our friends birthday We all had a blast here and the amazing team of workers made it much more funnier. I would definitely recommend this place to everyone and will definitely go back again!”

    Jo P
    March 2024