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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$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.  

$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.

Zoom Ziplines

Family Fun, Central

Zoom Ziplines takes you on an adventure ride in the sky high above Rotorua. One moment you're admiring the majestic views of the beautiful geothermal lake - the next you're zipping through the air on a thrilling ride.

$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.

$50 NZD
Real Rotorua's Thermal Path tour

Family Fun, Central

Discover some of Rotorua's "off the beatean track" mud pools and best examples of thermal areas. Dip your toes in or fully imerse yourself in our favorite hot springs .

$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.

$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.

$95 NZD
Wet'n'Wild Rafting Company

Family Fun, Central

Half-day to multi-day white water rafting adventures for all confidence levels, from adrenalin pumping Grade 5 to challenging Grade 3-4 adventures and relaxing Grade 2 scenic floats.

$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!

Rotorua Museum Outside the Walls Historical Government Gardens Tours

Family Fun, Central

Discover Rotorua's rich culture, volatile landscape and legendary figures in this ‘must see' museum.

$25 NZD
Katoa Parasailing

Family Fun, Central

Enjoy outdoor adventure in the heart of New Zealand with an exhilarating parasailing experience over the stunning beauty of Lake Rotorua with Katoa.

$55 NZD
Agrojet - Velocity Valley

Family Fun, Central

Experience the spills, thrills and adrenaline rush through a high octane jet boat sprint course with Agrojet.