Rotorua, Family Activities

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  • aMAZEme - Rotorua

    A fantastic outing for the family - aMAZEme features a giant hedge maze plus other activities. Try to find the centre of the maze by following 1.4km of winding hedge-lined pathways... read more

  • RailCruising

    RailCruising is a new tourist activity that allows people just like you the ability to travel along railway lines in your own powered self-drive, 4-seat railway vehicle called the ... read more

  • Ages 3+

    Velocity Valley – Rotorua Adventure Park

    Experience up to six of NZ's most iconic adventure activities! Nowhere else in NZ is home to as much fun and family-friendly adventure as here! At Velocity Valley Rotorua Adventure... read more

  • Diversion Maze Park

    New owners at Diversion Maze Park bring you a new look and a whole lot of family fun!
    Get lost in our awesome maze, consisting of 1.7km of confusing track – it's more challenging then it looks so don't be fooled!
    Plus the kids love hanging with the animals at our petting zoo; we have a miniature horse, goat, 2 adorable kune kune pigs, 3 ducks and a flemish giant rabbit.
    Also onsite is a wonderful courtyard for relaxing, picnicking and playing lawn games.
    We offer healthier option refreshments all made by NZ companies – chips, cookies, iceblocks/ice creams, cold drinks and barista coffee/hot chocolate.
    We are open 10am-5pm 7 days a week.  Adult $15, child (5-13) $10, under 5 free, family pass (2 adults + 2 children) $40 (extra child $8).

     

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  • Ages 3+

    Katoa Jet Rotorua

    If ever a tourism operator lived up to its catch-cry of speed, spins and adrenaline, it’s Katoa Jet. Offering a wide range of adventures to choose from we offer something for everyone.

    Get prepared for a thrill ride on Lake Rotorua that guarantees an unforgettable experience.  Also on offer is Parasailing. Katoa Jet operates a purpose built Parasailing boat . Either tandem or solo ten minute flights on Scenic Lake rotorua.

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  • Ages 6+

    Zorb Rotorua

    Operating for over 17years, ZORB Rotorua is the iconic New Zealand adventure activity. With two ride options - ZYDRO (wet), ZORBIT (dry) - four track options (including the brand new The Drop track), and eight ride combinations, there is something for everyone! This is family fun at its very best.  Riders must be 6 years of age and over.

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  • Surico Alpaca Farm Tour

    You will see alpacas in a farming situation, see how friendly they are to handle and gentle they are around children.
    You can walk an alpaca on a lead. The Alpaca Farm Tour offers a display of products made from the alpacas fleece and a short talk introducing you to alpacas and explaining their environmental sustainability.
    The short farm walk reveals amazing views from the northern aspect of Lake Rotorua.

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  • Ages 6+

    Ogo

    Owned and operated by the inventors. You will be offered multiple OGO ride options where they add 40 litres of water; (cool in summer, warm in winter), then you can choose from their straight tracks or sidewinder track. If your not into getting wet, choose the 200m OGO Harness Ride, where you are strapped in one person at a time and spin head over heels down our scenic track! Minimum 6 years of age.

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  • Whakarewarewa Thermal Village Tours

    Set amidst a landscape of erupting geothermal activity, hot thermal springs and hot bubbling mud pools is the Living Maori village of Whakarewarewa situated in Rotorua.  Discover our unique lifestyle and traditions. Join a guided tour and see the wonders of Mother Nature and learn how we have come to live in harmony within this unique environment.  Sit down and relax at one of their twice daily cultural performances while we entertain and thrill your senses through the medium of performing arts. Our melodious voices accompanied by hand movements tell the stories of our heritage, past and present. General admission and Cultural Hangi experience available.

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  • Happy Ewe Cycle Tours

    A fun, leisurely bicycle journey throughout central Rotorua. Departs everyday at 10am and 2pm, visit 27 locations that best represent the historical, geological and cultural identity of Rotorua. Offers all day bike hire for the family too.

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  • New Zealand River Jet

    Experience New Zealand’s only Jet Boating Thermal Safari. We will make your day! Book this awesome deal for the family.This is a must see do experience, No other activity offers this many of New Zealands top attractions and thrilling jet boat ride. Our Thermal Safari Tour includes over an hour of jet boating and entry to Orakei Korako!Check out their great family rates (minimum age, 3 years).

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  • Hike Bike Ako

    Explore Aotearoa New Zealand's coolest hot spot on a fully guided bicycle tour. No need to hurry, enjoy an easy cycle through and around Rotorua with your professional Maori Guide. This tour includes cafe coffee or fruit juice and photos are FREE. Start time is 1:30 pm from the Rotorua i-Site Visitor Information Centre. A lunch option is available.

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Auckland

New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!

Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.

Christchurch

With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.

Queenstown

With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.

Rotorua

Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!

Northland

Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.