Family Fun

Rotorua is a place to create memories that you’ll be talking about for years to come

Travelling with your family is exciting and loads of fun – especially when the best attractions, cafés, restaurants and free things to do are all easy to access.

See, pat and feed animals

For some slightly different animal encounters, how about Mini Golf Rotorua with actual live giant bunnies on the course (patting and cuddling are compulsory, of course), or the small animal enclosure at aMAZEme (also a great place to lose the kids for a while!).


Adventure seekers

If adventure is at the top of your list, roll downhill in a giant inflatable ball called a ZORB, race each other on the luge at Skyline Rotorua, feel the rush of adrenalin with various rides at Off Road NZ and Velocity Valley, or zipline through an ancient virgin forest with Rotorua Canopy Tours.

Get out into nature

A trip to Rotorua without seeing at least one of our many geothermal parks would be regrettable. Kids are always in awe over the steam, bubbling mud, erupting geysers and crazy coloured lakes that look like they’re straight out of a Dr Seuss book. Check out the info here [link to Geothermal page] about all the options.
Another place not to miss is Whakarewarewa Forest where you have four options to enjoy – or try to fit them all in! One is a beautiful walk through towering California redwoods, exploring the sights, sounds and smells of nature.
The second and third options are to enjoy the amazing Redwoods Treewalk or Redwoods Altitude. Both consist of a network of bridges and platforms eco-suspended up to 20 metres high between the redwood trees by a New Zealand-first technologically designed sling.
Thirdly, if nobody is afraid of the dark, head to the Treewalk just on dusk for Redwoods Nightlights. It’s the same as Redwoods Treewalk but made even more magical when it’s brought to life with illuminated walkways, 30 lanterns designed by world-renowned designer and sustainability champion David Trubridge. 
Besides experiencing geothermal wonders and the beautiful forest, you could test the waters at a different lake each day of your holiday (Hint: most of our 18 lakes are available to choose from!). Heaps of water activities are listed here [link to Lakes page] for you to consider.
Another great outdoor family activity is mountain biking, and no experience is needed. In fact, since there are several specialist bike shops in town who hire out bikes and helmets, you don’t even need your own gear.
The trails in Whakarewarewa Forest have been expertly built and crafted to suit everybody, from complete beginners through to experts. There’s even a super fun, easy access Kids Loop made especially for the littlies, but it’s also a great introductory trail for newbies. Read more info here [link to Mountain Biking page] and then head out to hit what we call “dirt gold”!
If you need to give your legs and lungs a rest, enjoy gentle curves and steep climbs with beautiful lake views and native forest scenery via RailCruising on a form passenger railway track. Each RailCruiser is covered and heated, and fits a family of 4-5.

Rainy day activities

Rotorua has a year-round, all-weather itinerary with tonnes of exciting indoor fun to check out. Motion Entertainment offers ten-pin bowling, mini golf, trampoline park, laser tag, escape rooms, Chipmunks Playland with electronic games galore.
A 3D Trick Art Gallery and a WWII amphibious duck vehicle tour on offer to keep everyone entertained!

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$191 NZD
Waitomo Caves & Rotorua Attractions Tours

Family Fun, Central

Experience the world famous and enchanting Waitomo Glowworm Caves along with some of Rotorua's best Maori, geothermal and adventure attractions.

$38 NZD
Rotorua Duck Tours

Family Fun, South

We provide guided sightseeing tours of Rotorua and the lakes region in Amphibious Landing Crafts. Splashdown onto pristine lakes surrounded by beautiful native forests. Our tours are the perfect introduction to Rotorua’s geothermal and Maori history.

$149 NZD
Rotorua Canopy Tours

Family Fun, Central

Soar through the trees and experience New Zealand’s ancient forest like never before – in two unforgettable zipline adventures. Step into a lost world and come face to face with towering trees and native flora untouched for centuries in one of the most intact native eco-systems you’ll find anywhere in New Zealand.

$99 NZD
Thermal Safari

Family Fun, Central

Embark on a scenic trip down the Waikato River and through the spectacular Tutukau Gorge. Take in the stunning scenery and wildlife and hear the stories of the local Maori tribes before our highly skilled drivers/guides thrill you with spins, speed and heart-stopping manoeuvres.  

$60 NZD
Rotorua Paddle Tours

Family Fun, Central

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) tours and lessons on Lake Rotorua and surrounding waterways. We learn to master a SUP before embarking on our trips under the guidance of world-renowned paddlers and ensure the safest and fun day for you!

$30 NZD
River Rats Raft & Kayak

Family Fun, South

River Rats have been offering quality adventures for over 35 years including a range of White Water Rafting and Lake Kayaking options suitable for anyone from families to adrenalin junkies.

BK Tours and Transfers Rotorua / Coromandel /Napier / Taupo / National park / Hobbiton / Waitomo

Family Fun, Central

Tours / Rotorua / Coromandel /Napier / Taupo / National park / Hobbiton / Waitomo Personalised tours in and around Rotorua. Pick up available from cruise ships, regional airports, accommodation and the Rotorua i-Site and Visitor Centre.

$115 NZD
New Zealand River Jet

Family Fun, Central

At NZ Riverjet we specialise in the extra ordinary Jet Boating experience. With tours ranging from 1 hour to 5.5 hours, we offer our clients the opportunity to experience a true, kiwi, iconic adventure. 

$20 NZD
Hell's Gate Geothermal Park & Mud Spa

Family Fun, Central

Hell’s Gate is Rotorua’s most active geothermal park and New Zealand’s only Mud Spa complex. Enjoy this thermal wonder land with our interactive guided or self-guided tour before relaxing in the geothermal muds and sulphur waters.

$140 NZD
Adventure Playground Rotorua -1 hour 4x4 Self Drive

Family Fun, Central

Adventure Playground is the place to be when visiting Rotorua. Try our new 1 hour 4x4 self drive CanAm Experience, and after perhaps some horse trekking, our cultural 4wd buggy tours and claybird shooting. The choice is yours!

$30 NZD
Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park

Family Fun, Central

A superbly presented New Zealand trout, bird & wildlife park along with a pride of African lions. Set amongst peaceful and well maintained native New Zealand bush.

Skyline Rotorua Luge and Gondola

Family Fun, North

Skyline Rotorua is an all-weather attraction, and is open every day of the year. Operating hours are from 9am daily until end of restaurant operations each night.