Create a wonderful holiday experience that the kids will never forget with a Rotorua family escape!
Making great holiday memories for our family is important – most of us only get a limited time away from work so, of course, we want to make the most of it – but it’s not easy to please everyone and ensure your getaway doesn’t blow out the budget!
In New Zealand we are spoilt for choice of beautiful destinations and one of the best for creating unforgettable memories for the whole family, is Rotorua. There is truly something for everyone on offer! Stunning Rotorua isn’t just hot pools and bubbling mud, you will also find action-packed adventures to excite kids and teens, beautiful scenery and delicious food to help parents chill out after a busy year, and cultural experiences that will entertain everyone in this unique destination.
ADVENTURES TO REMEMBER!
Rotorua has more than just bungy jumping and white-water rafting to keep the adrenaline-seeking family members happy. The kids will love a mountain bike ride through Redwoods Forest where Disney’s Pete’s Dragon was filmed, or take a trip to OGO where they can launch themselves, wet or dry, downhill in a giant inflatable ball!
For families who prefer adventures with a bird’s eye-view, Rotorua Canopy Tours is the place to go. The zip line will have you whizzing through the treetops of an ancient native forest, or – if you’re feeling really brave – take on The Swoop challenge at Velocity Valley. You’ll go from zero to 130 kilometres an hour in one second as you ride a superhuman swing 40 metres off the ground!
RELAX AND FORGET THE STRESS
Rotorua is the perfect spot to shake off the stress and get into holiday mode. The city is dotted with parks, playgrounds, and numerous local walking tracks. The Lake Ōkareka boardwalk, a simple pushchair-friendly stroll, is a great place to start exploring.
For a whole day of easy family fun, wet or fine, Rainbow Springs Nature Park has everything you need. Get up close and personal with reptiles and meet brand new baby kiwi chicks! There are plenty of activities and playscapes hidden throughout the beautiful native surroundings to keep the kids educated and entertained while you enjoy a relaxing coffee from the Park’s cafe.
If the weather is really bad, you can take a break at Motion Entertainment’s Refuel Café. This enormous entertainment mall houses a Chipmunks Playland for younger family members and a huge selection of other fun activities for older kids and teens, such as laser tag, ten pin bowling, and an Extreme Air trampoline park.
A PERFORMANCE TO TREASURE
If it’s nature and history your family enjoys, book a visit to Te Puia. With the option of day time or night time tours, this incredible venue gives families a memorable experience! Explore the spectacular geothermal valley, visit a model Pre-European Māori Village, listen to ancient stories, have a hāngi feast, and watch skilled carvers and weavers at work. Te Puia is also the home of Pōhutu – the largest active geyser in the Southern Hemisphere!
With pristine lakes, spectacular waterfalls, bubbling geysers, ancient forests, and a huge selection of activities for all ages and interests, a trip to Rotorua is one holiday your family will cherish forever!