Your ultimate guide to planning a luxury stag or hen’s do in Rotorua

Helicopter flying in sky

Your ultimate guide to planning a luxury stag or hen’s do in Rotorua

Have you been chosen as the best man or maid of honour for your bestie’s upcoming wedding? It’s an exciting privilege that comes with many important duties, including planning the perfect stag do or hen’s do! With our handy hints, you’ll be on your way to creating an epic event that the lucky groom or bride will never forget, right here in the geothermal and adventure capital of Rotorua.

Find some amazing accommodation

Whether you’re from Rotorua or visiting from out of town, sharing accommodation with your mates is the best way to have a fantastic time together and keep the celebrations going until the early hours. Splurge on a modern and comfortable lodge or hotel, with plenty of room for the entire groom’s/bridal party, such as Rydges Rotorua, which offers delicious gourmet catering options and a ‘Mezz Bar’ complete with happy hour special, or Lakes Lodge Wilderness Retreat, where you can add-on awesome activities like a Lake Okataina boat cruise, clay bird shooting, and trout fishing. Peppers on the Point and Treetops Lodge are also fantastic luxury accommodations options if you’re looking for something extra special, set in an idyllic location.

Boat docked in the harbour

Credit: Lakes Lodge

Lock in a once-in-a-lifetime experience

Imagine jet boating, golfing, and flying all in one day! Make it a day to remember with our epic trio of activities. Start your stag or hen’s do off right with a big dose of adrenaline on a thrilling jetboat ride. From there, visit Hamurana Golf Course for a round of golf or stroll through the picturesque grounds to the Hamurana Spring, before fuelling up with lunch at the clubhouse. Afterward, jump on our floatplane for a unique experience up in the airsoaking up the breathtaking views across the crater lakes of Rotorua, alongside the excitement of water take-offs and landings. 

Seaplane flying in sky

Or to take things at a cruisier pace and focus on the stunning scenery, the groom’s or bridal party will love an exclusive helicopter ride above the crater lakes! Surrounded by native bush and usually hidden from view by the mountainous terraina Volcanic Air helicopter ride offers a rare and eye-opening perspective on these Rotorua gems, uncovering the raw beauty of the region. 

Helicopter flying in sky

Credit: Graeme Murray

Make some time for pamper time

Spoil the girls or the lads with a relaxing and rejuvenating spa therapy at New Zealand’s original and iconic geothermal bathing experience, Polynesian Spa. With a selection of private hot pools, massage options and beauty treatments, unwind with a lakeside soak that will leave both your body and mind feeling refreshed.

Person sitting in hot spring spa in Rotorua

Credit: Graeme Murray

Enjoy a delicious meal with views to match

Perched high above the Rotorua skyline with picture-perfect views across the stunning lake and surrounds is the Stratosfare Restaurant. Board the iconic gondola to be whisked up to your table, where you and your friends can feast on amazing platters and dishes whilst enjoying quality time together. Add on a Night Luge for a splash of adventure afterward.

Skyline luge going down in rotorua

Credit: Skyline Rotorua

Experience the magic of Rotorua

For the bride and groom, marrying your soulmate is a dream come true… and indeed walking along the towering redwood trees on a Redwoods Nightlights Treewalk feels like a wondrous dream in itself! Be immersed in the enchanting world of the illuminated 700-metre-long forest walkway, suspended 20 metres high amongst the trees and lit by over 30 mesmerising lanterns – it truly is an awe-inspiring experience to share with your mates.

Redwoods Treewalk night lights in the forest

Credit: Redwoods Treewalk

With so many iconic and one-of-a-kind experiences to add that extra special touch, there’s no better spot in New Zealand to celebrate a stag do or hen’s do than Rotorua. Create your very own unique weekend filled with adventure, stunning views, amazing food and unforgettable experiences that will strengthen your bonds and create lifelong memories, ahead of the exciting big day.