Rotorua attractions: Suggested Self Drive Itineraries

Te Arawa Waka. Rotorua Museum. Image courtesy David Hamilton Photography Tarawera Legacy - Rotorua attractions. Maori culture and traditions.
Buried Village, Rotorua, NZ. Whakarewarewa – The Living Thermal Village. Maori culture, history and traditions.

Visitors should allow at least 5 hours for Tarawera Legacy – three greatest Rotorua attractions. The attractions can be visited in any order.

Time to allow at Rotorua attractions

Rotorua Museum 1½ – 2 hours
The Buried Village 1-1½ hours
Whakarewarewa 1½ – 2 hours

Travelling Times between Tarawera Legacy attractions

Rotorua Museum to Buried Village: allow 20 minutes
Buried Village to Whakarewarewa:  allow 20 minutes
Whakarewarewa to Rotorua Museum:  allow 10 minutes

 Suggested Driving Itineraries

Half Day Morning Itinerary – 5 hours

9.00am – 10.30am  Rotorua Museum
10.30am – 10.50am  Travelling time
10.50am – 12.00pm  The Buried Village
12.00pm – 12.20pm Travelling time
12.20pm – 2.00pm  Whakarewarewa (including 1pm tour & 2pm cultural performance)

Half Day Afternoon Itinerary – 5 hours

12.00pm- 12.20pm  Travelling time from City
12.20pm – 1.30pm The Buried Village
1.30pm -1.50pm  Travelling time
1.50pm – 3.30pm  Rotorua Museum (including 2pm guided tour)
3.30pm – 3.40pm  Travelling time
3.40pm – 5.00pm  Whakarewarewa  (including 4pm tour and option to return the next day for 11.15am cultural performance and to explore village)

Full Day Itinerary – 7 hours

9.00am – 10.30am  Rotorua Museum
10.30am – 10.55am  Travelling time including time for scenic stop
10.55am – 12.30am  The Buried Village
1.55pm – 4.00pm  Whakarewarewa (including 2pm cultural performance and guided tour)

Food and beverage at Tarawera Legacy

Buried Village – Vi’s Tea Rooms (open 9.30am – 4.30pm (summer), no bookings required)
Rotorua Museum – Bathhouse Café (open 9am – 4pm, no bookings required)
Whakarewarewa – Hangi and Concert or Hangi Pies (available 12pm-2pm, bookings required for hangi meal)

Please note hangi’s, meals and drinks are an additional cost over and above the Tarawera Legacy Package price.