Rotorua, Family Activities

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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  • Lakeland Queen

    Enjoy a different look at Rotorua on-board the Lakeland Queen, the only stern wheel paddle boat and large cruising vessel operating on the iconic Lake Rotorua. With two deck levels that can accommodate up to 200 seated guests in comfort, the cruise offers a truly unique dining experience.
    The Geothermal Lake & Dining Cruise options include Breakfast, coffee, lunch and sometimes dinner options. Departing from the Rotorua Lakefront visitors can enjoy spectacular lake views only accessible by boat including the mystifying geothermal area of Sulphur Bay with its milky white lake water, the bird sanctuary of the volcanic rock lave dome known as Mokia Island and reflective views of the city centre. The outdoor viewing platforms on both levels allow for fantastic photo opportunities.

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  • Owhango Adventures

    Owhango Adventures is located in the centre of the Ruapehu Region, based in a small town called Owhango and in the perfect location to take a Whanganui River canoe trip. We provide Whanganui River Canoe Hire for either guided or self-guided trips.
    Adult and child prices available for Wanganui adventures from one to five days.

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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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  • Tamaki Maori Village Experience

    Experience the warmth of our people during an evening of ceremonial rituals, powerful cultural performance, storytelling and hangi feasting!  Enter our living village, as it comes alive with the sights, sounds and activity of days gone by, including facial tattooing, weaving, carving and demonstrations on how our food was cooked and preserved many years ago. See, touch, take time and talk to our people as you wander through our village – you may even be invited to take part in stick games and warrior training!

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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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  • Te Puia

    Offering 60 hectares of geothermal wonder only 5 minutes from Rotorua township.  Te Puia is NZ’s living Maori cultural centre, situated in the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley.  Home to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, a live kiwi enclosure, the world-famous Pohutu Geyser, and more than 500 geothermal wonders.  Steeped in ancestral history, and a guiding legacy that stretches back to the 1800s.  Te Puia is a unique experience that all the family will love!

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  • Buried Village

    One of NZ’s most visited historic sites; Te Wairoa was literally buried in the 1886 eruption of Mt Tarawera. Volcanic ash preserved many of the buildings and other features of the village and visitors today can get a rare insight into 19th-century NZ life.

    It’s an awe-inspiring and moving experience that is put into context by displays in the award winning Museum of Te Wairoa.

    The 12 acre park-like setting is filled with tall trees, meadows and native birds offering visitors a peaceful and emotional experience at the same time.

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  • Ages 13+

    Kaitiaki Adventures

    Kaitiaki Adventures customers will experience the unique blend of culture and adrenaline that only this award-winning Kaitiaki Adventures rafting and sledging company can provide. Safety is paramount and your entertainment is guaranteed! Both the Rafting and Sledging trips are 3.5 hours return. Minimum age 13 years.

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Our favourite destinations…

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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.