Rotorua Adventure with Off Road NZ

As one of New Zealand’s adventure tourism hotspots, there’s no shortage of fun things to do in Rotorua. Located just 20-minutes to the north of Rotorua in the rugged Mamaku Plateau, Off Road NZ offers three breath-taking vehicle based adventures, as well as offering a selection of other great attractions. Visitors should definitely take the chance to enjoy the adrenalin rush afforded by any one of these thrilling Rotorua attractions.

For a great way to start your day’s adventures with Off Road NZ, why not take a spin around the Rotorua International KartSport Raceway. At 1.2-km long, the track is the longest outdoor KartSport circuit in New Zealand, and features 11 corners, 6 hairpins and a 150-metre straight. The 390-cc 4-stroke carts are fast and responsive, with the best lap times at just over one minute.

Rotorua KartSport Raceway Speeding around the Rotorua International KartSport Raceway (Photo credit Off Road NZ)

The 4WD Bush Safari is a unique experience which takes you along rugged trails passing through impressive dense native forests. Your Off Road NZ expedition leader is a professional guide who relays instructions to the vehicles through a two way radio. Up to four people can travel in each 4WD and it's possible for all occupants to have the chance to drive. The route is challenging and very exciting, and will have you passing over wooden pole bridges, through creeks and muddy holes, around sinuous curves and along breathtaking climbs and descents. The seven metre long controlled slide will put your faith, and that of your passengers, in your driving skills, to the test!! Not for the fainthearted, the 4WD Bush Safari is a challenging adrenalin rush which provides the opportunity for extreme fun as well as personal growth. This 45-minute – 1 hour adventure is, without a doubt, one of the most fun things to do in Rotorua.

For the really adventurous the Monster 4x4 Thrill Ride ups the ante even further as you are strapped in high up on the back of the Monster. The roar of its huge V6 engine is sure to get the adrenalin flowing even before you start the course. Ten minutes of adrenaline filled excitement will have you tearing along tracks through thick native bush, up and down impossible seeming slopes and across areas with such confidence-inspiring names as he Loggers Long Drop and the Widow Maker!!

4X4 Bush Safari Rotorua

An expedition setting off on the 4x4 Bush Safari (Photo credit Off Road NZ)

Off Road NZ has an excellent safety record and provides all equipment necessary to ensure that your adventure is enjoyed to the maximum. The rides operate year round and protective clothing is provided to keep you clean on the muddy track but remember to wear closed-in shoes and use sunscreen and sun glasses during the summer.

Operating since 1992, this Qualmark registered family run venture is committed to preserving and promoting the unique Rotorua fauna with a tree replanting program of indigenous species. All the tracks are carefully planned and maintained to offer the maximum sense of adventure while also enjoying the spectacular scenery of this volcanic plateau. Off Road NZ offers an unrivalled day of adventures, and visitors can also enjoy a claybird shooting range and the lake. They also organise unique corporate events providing the perfect setting for team building challenges.

Unleash you wild side and discover your full potential to tackle seemingly impossible situations. At Off Road NZ, you’ll be challenged as well as enjoying an exhilarating day packed with fun activities in Rotorua.

For visitors flying into Auckland who want to make their way down to Rotorua, collect your Auckland hire car from one of Omega’s two conveniently located depots and begin heading south on either State Highway 1 or 27.