6 Ways To Celebrate An Unforgettable 21st Birthday In Rotorua
The big day is nearly here – you (or your friend or family member) are turning the big 21! This special occasion deserves an equally special celebration – skip the stock-standard house party or boring night at the pub, and upsize your festivities to a bumper weekend in Rotorua instead. Round up your pals and head to North Island’s adventure capital, with our top tips of action-packed activities to commemorate this big milestone.
1 – Kick things off with a big dose of adrenaline at Velocity Valley
Swing into the next chapter of your life with a giant Swoop! Inch your way higher and higher until you’re dangling 40 metres above the ground – then rip the cord and feel the ultimate rush, as this super-sized swing catapults you to speeds of up to 130km/hr.
For more gravity-defying thrills, have a spin on Freefall Xtreme, New Zealand’s only outdoor body-flying experience, or take on the challenge of the 43-metre-high Rotorua Bungy – step up to the ledge for a truly epic ‘leap of faith’.
2 – Race your mates at Skyline Rotorua
There’s a reason why Skyline Rotorua’s Luge’s tagline reads ‘once is never enough’ – we make no apologies if you become addicted too! Part go-kart, part toboggan; it’s a one-of-a-kind thrill where sweeping corners and speedy straights combine for some wicked downhill fun. Choose the more picturesque Scenic track or take on the Intermediate run where you can really satisfy your need for speed.
Afterwards, treat yourself to a delicious dining experience to mark the big day – their on-site Stratosfare restaurant serves up an incredible buffet lunch or dinner, alongside stunning views of the Rotorua skyline.
3 – Fly through the forest at Rotorua Canopy Tours
Soar through the trees and immerse yourself in lush native bush on this exhilarating zipline tour. Feel the adrenaline hit as you fly deep into the wilderness, with the Ultimate tour covering an incredible 1200m of zipline action. Rotorua Canopy Tours also donates a portion of your tour price to their conservation and sustainability efforts, so just by taking part, you’re contributing to the restoration of the forest.
4 – Keep the good times rolling at Zorb
Get ready to rock and roll with the iconic Zorb. Dive into a giant inflatable ball and take your pick from four tracks on offer, each with their own unique twists. Steep straights, thrilling bends and epic drops await as you slip, slide and laugh your way down the hill – it’s equal parts crazy as it is fun!
5 – Show off your pedal power in a mountain biker’s playground
Rotorua has earned the title of New Zealand’s mountain biking capital, and the Redwoods Forest is the jewel in the crown of the region’s extensive trail network. Hire a mountain bike or e-bike from MTB Rotorua and hit the world-class trails, set amongst magnificent native and exotic forests. Weaving through the trees of the 55,000-hectare Whakarewarewas is an epic experience for both beginners and regular riders, and whether you opt for a relaxing ride or take on the advanced tracks – it’s the most fun you’ll have on two wheels!
6 – Take your celebration to new heights with Volcanic Air
Volcanic Air’s scenic floatplane or helicopter flights are a magical way to celebrate your special day and create unforgettable memories. Taking off from the shores of Lake Rotorua, discover incredible landscapes and breathtaking scenery as you soar high in the sky and touch down in some remarkable scenic spots. Get ready for show-stopping views of volcanoes, crater lakes and geothermal wonders – you’ll capture plenty of ‘wow factor’ snaps that are sure to impress your Insta followers.
This year, swap the big yardie for a getaway to our big backyard – Rotorua’s variety of adrenaline-filled activities offers something for everyone. Check out some of the city’s top accommodation to complete your itinerary, then get ready to enjoy your big milestone with family and friends. However you decide to celebrate, we hope you have a fantastic birthday – rā whānau ki a koe!