English with Activities
Our English with Activities programme is for people wanting to see more of Rotorua, try new experiences and learn English at the same time. It is an ideal holiday! You will have classes in the morning, with our friendly teachers and then you can enjoy trying new things and seeing some of Rotorua’s great sights and thermal activity in the afternoons.
This is a very popular programme, and is good for people who only have a short amount of time to spend in Rotorua.
Here are some of the activities you can experience while studying
on our English with Activities Programme:
click 1-3 Activity 1-3 Activity Timetable for this week’s timetable
Activity Programme Dates
|3 January – 15 February|
|25 March – 18 April|
|4 June – 16 August|
|29 October – 8 November|
|9 December – 31 December|
|6 January – 14 February|
|23 March – 17 April|
|8 June – 28 August|
|27 October – 6 November|
|7 December – 24 December|
Xtreme Air Trampoline Arena has been a huge hit with our students since it opened. Here students can flip to their heart is content in the adult arena. There is also a “Battle Beam”, tricking platform, wall tramps and jump basketball hoops.
More information can be found online at https://www.xtremeair.co.nz/
The Swoop consists of a specially designed hang gliding harness which you are cocooned inside. Up to three people can participate in a Swoop at one time. You pull the ripcord and are winched 40 meters sky high above the Ngongotaha Stream.This is a fantastic activity for all RELA adrenaline junkies and one of our most popular afternoons on the English with Activities programme. For more information see http://www.agroventures.co.nz/swoop
AMAZEme – Hedge Maze
A new hedge maze opened in Rotorua in January 2010.It is 1.4km of winding hedge-lined pathways designed to challenge any visitor. There are small animals to pet, a bird avery and butterfly house.Everyone can enjoy Mr McGregor’s Garden (named after the garden in Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit books), which features raised garden beds full of fruit, berries and vegetables in season. Some of these will be available for purchase.For more information see http://www.amazeme.co.nz/
Agrodome Farm Tour And Sheep Show
This is where you will get a hands-on experience with exciting close encounters. Lots of fun-filled action on 130 hectares of prime farmland. Stop for a honey-tasting and visit the kiwifruit orchard for a kiwifruit wine tasting.Hand-feed red and fallow deer, sheep, emus, ostrich, cattle and alpacas. Afterward we take students in to see the Agrodome’s sheep show. This show gives you information about farms, how they are run, the different animals on the farm, milking, shearing sheep and lots more! For more information check out http://www.agrodome.co.nz/
The agrojet explodes into action and a few seconds later you are racing at high speed towards the bank. When you think it’s too late, your driver executes what seems an impossible right turn.This is a really exciting, adrenalin pumping activity. It is very popular with our younger students on our English with Activities Course. For more information check out http://www.agrojet.co.nz/
Students split into two teams and work to eliminate their opponents by hitting them with capsules containing non toxic paint. Students try to avoid being hit by hiding behind walls and other strategically placed obstacles.This activity is hugely popular with our students and is highly entertaining to both watch and play.
With Laser Tag technology you can enjoy Paintball style fun without the mess, pain and bruising that paintball can often cause 🙂
Guns fire a harmless infrared light beam each time you pull the trigger and if fired at the enemy will shut down their weapon system forcing them to go back to base to visit their team Medic!
Awesome fun for all! https://www.facebook.com/ZombielandPaintballLaserTag
This is the activity where you get to play a game of golf, without the long walk.There are nine holes and it is on a smaller golf course than usual. It is always lots of fun and a great opportunity for people who have not played golf before. For more information click here.
Here, you will take an emotional journey through the museum and excavated village which tells the fascinating story of the Te Wairoa Village, the voyages to the Pink and White Terraces and the eruption of Mount Tarawera.Afterwards you can take a walk down to the magnificent Te Wairoa Falls. For more information check out http://www.buriedvillage.co.nz/
Rotorua is a city full of great opportunities to take beautiful walks.We often take students out to see some of Rotorua’s natural beauty, whether it be a walk around one of the lakes, in the Redwood forest, or perhaps somewhere a bit more mysterious.
Rotorua Aquatic Centre
You can enjoy an indoor or outdoor swim at the Rotorua Aquatic Centre. It has spa pools, a deep indoor pool and an open outdoor pool.
There is also a picnic and barbecue area for sunny days, so you can enjoy a picnic with your friends and classmates. For more information see http://www.rdc-aquatic.co.nz/
By far the most popular activity for young and old doing the English with Activiteis programme.You will see some of the most beautiful views in Rotorua. Take a gondola ride up Mount Ngongotaha and see for yourself the beauty of our city.Then take a ride on the famous luge which was proudly designed and built in Rotorua. The luge is a fun filled gravity cart, built on three wheels. You will absolutely love it! Afterwards you can return to the top of the luge track on a specially built chairlift. For more information check out http://www.skyline.co.nz/rotorua/
The Schweeb involves stepping into a clear capsule with a set of pedals at your feet.Imagine riding a bike upside down and then you can begin to imagine how it is going to be riding the schweeb.This is a great experience, certainly something you don’t do every day! For more information have a look at http://shweeb.co.nz/
Using high performance compound bows this game of Archery has become very popular and is very enjoyable.Points are gained by hitting a target about 20 metres away.Students of all ages can take part in this activity. It is great to take part and watch. http://www.action-nz.co.nz/PicsHotel/ActionNZ/CustomPages/Content1Pres.aspx?ID=18397
Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is well-known as New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse geothermal area.It has a huge range of unique geothermal activity, such as huge volcanic craters, cascading limestone terraces and much more. The landscape at this attraction is like no other!http://www.waiotapu.co.nz/
Come and experience Maori culture at its best! While visiting Te Puia, you will experience a traditional Maori concert, and learn about Maori culture and crafts.They have a carving school, you will see pupils and teachers carving various pieces. You will also see plenty of boiling mud pools and the infamous Pohutu Geyser. They have a waka (traditional Maori canoe) and you can take a nature walk through the thermal reserve and see a real live kiwi in the newly built Kiwihouse. http://www.tepuia.com/
Rotorua Blue Baths
This meticulously restored historic building was re-opened on December 21 1999, 68 years to the day after it originally charmed the world.The Blue Baths are situated in the Government Gardens and its average water heat is 40 Degrees Celsius. This is one of the most beautiful places to swim. http://www.historic-venues.co.nz/Bathing/index.htm
Rotorua Museum Of Art & History
A beautiful place, where great stories begin. You are invited to take a journey through the history of Rotorua and explore the rich cultural heritage of both Maori and European. http://www.rotoruamuseum.co.nz/
If you would like to try horse riding while you are in Rotorua, we have found the perfect place.Our activity provider’s horse treks are extremely enjoyable and all of the horses offer a safe and fun filled ride. The farm has extensive native bush and pine plantations and the popular Ngongotaha stream runs through the property.
The Climbing Wall
Take your fitness to new heights!! Come down to the climbing wall and experience rock climbing indoors.This is a great activity and an amazing experience for those who haven’t done anything like this before. http://www.basementcinema.co.nz/the-wall.html
This is a great activity for thrill seekers!You are inside the OGOwith a bucket of water, and then you roll 250 metres downhill. It is a cross between a waterfall and a roller coaster!
Paradise Valley Springs
Here is your chance to go on a lovely walk around a picturesque nature park, you will see native animals and fish including kune kune pigs, wallabies, wild sheep, opossums, kea, fallow deer, trout and some of New Zealand’s nature at its best! They also have lions at Paradise Valley Springs and you can watch them at feeding time. http://www.paradisev.co.nz/
This is your unique opportunity to experience what it is like to fly, without having to jump out of a plane.The Freefall Extreme is the only freefall skydive simulator in the Southern Hemisphere. You’ll be lifted up 5 meters into the air on a 150kph column of wind. A safe landing is ensured as there is a 2 meter soft cushion for you to land on http://www.agroventures.co.nz/freefall-xtreme
Barbecue At The Lakes
While the weather is good in Rotorua, we love to go and have a relaxing barbecue by the beautiful Blue Lake, or Lake Okareka.It is always a great opportunity to practise your English speaking with students from other countries and have lots of fun!
High Ropes Course
This is a fantastic activity!!The High Ropes course is a series of challenges set 10 metres off the ground designed to test participants as well as create a sense of team building and co-operation within the group.
Rotorua has some beautiful forests, and mountain biking has become incredibly popular over the years. There are a lot of different tracks for both beginner and advanced riders.
Take a ride on this amphibious vessel.It is a good opportunity to show everyone around Rotorua and the surrounding lakes area.
This vessel goes on both the road and in the lakes. What a great trip!http://www.rotoruaducktours.co.nz/
Put on your helmets and hang on tight! This is a fun experience which most of our younger students think is the favourite!You will be racing around the car track in small motorised karts. It is an indoor activity so it doesn’t matter if it rains! http://www.driftkartz.co.nz/
Waikite Hot Springs
If you enjoy swimming, you will love this activity. Waikite Hot Springs has six outdoor hot pools. One is larger, the other smaller pools are a slightly higher temperature.The pools are all covered and there is a lovely relaxing cafe there. You may like to have a hot or cold drink and relax after your swim. http://www.hotpools.co.nz/
Another of Rotorua’s famous hot pools is called Polynesian Spa.We have a pool for younger students which has a fun slide and relaxing spa beside it, or other pools which are different temperatures, these are marvelous for our more mature students to relax in and enjoy. http://www.polynesianspa.co.nz/
This is your chance to see a Kiwi up close!At Rainbow Springs they have a kiwi hatchery where they breed kiwis and people are taken on a tour of the premises. It is probably the closest you will ever get to a kiwi, an amazing activity – and a breath taking experience! http://rainbowsprings.co.nz/247/kiwi/kiwi-encounter
Rainbow Springs wildlife park is an award winning tourist attraction with great features including kiwi, trout, tuatara, pigs, sheep, native birds and trees, wallabies, hens and other animals and wildlife.There is also a beautiful man-made waterfall next to the coffee shop where you can relax and take in the view. http://rainbowsprings.co.nz/250/about-us/about-us
Take a look at some of the beautiful gardens which are in Rotorua. At different times of the year, there are lots of lovely flowers blooming and trees blossoming.If you are interested in nature and beautiful flowers, then this is a great activity for you to take part in.
On a nice sunny day in Rotorua, it is lovely to be out kayaking on Lake Rotorua.This is a fun activity which is very safe, you are provided with life jackets and the area we kayak in isn’t too deep. There are also peddle boats available.