5 family friendly activities in Rotorua
Even in a country as unique and impressive as New Zealand, Rotorua stands out as gem in the upper North Island.
Families will never be short of activities to try in this culture and adventure hub, so here are just five great ideas to try.
1. Rainbow Springs
This wildlife park has a special focus on New Zealand's native animals. Take the kids to see the aviaries, check out the biggest wild trout you've ever seen and meet a Tuatara. There are 22 acres to explore, as well as a nocturnal enclosure so you can see the native kiwi. It's open year round and tickets are priced between $40 - $59.
2. Rotorua Museum
This museum is a historic old structure and was once a Bath House. Located in the heart of the city, the museum is a stunning display of workmanship in itself, and the art and history inside is no different. Explore the interior from the basement to the rooftop to discover the many multi-media exhibitions on Maori culture, the volcanic landscape, New Zealand's history and more. Take a guided tour and find out for yourself why this attraction has won so many awards.
3. Skyline Rotorua
As one of the most popular attractions in Rotorua, the Skyline is a must for families with a daring edge. Here you can take a gondola up the side of Mt Ngongotaha, taking photos of the spectacular view of Lake Rotorua along the way. Enjoy a meal at the Terraces Cafe or the Cableway Restaurant at the top before zipping back down the hill on a thrilling 5km luge ride.
4. Polynesian Spa
Take time out with the family at this relaxing thermal spa. Situated on the lakefront and offering 26 thermal pools across four bathing areas, the whole family will love the chance to unwind with a hot soak. There's a cafe on site and plenty of additional options such as spa therapies.
Get the full New Zealand experience at this agricultural theme park. It's a live farm show featuring working sheep dogs, sheep shearing, a cow milking demonstration and even a chance to feed baby lambs. You can also visit the orchard and try some of the honey and kiwifruit juice grown on site.
Sort your Rotorua accommodation with a cosy homestay and get ready for a fantastic family escape in Rotorua!