Rotorua, Family Activities

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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 5+

    River Rats

    River Rats offers exhilarating whitewater rafting trips suitable for families and the less adventurous through to adrenalin pumping action! Whatever you are looking for, they have a rafting option for you. The Lower Rangitaiki Scenic Raft Trip which is suitable for children five and over, takes around one and a half hours (but allow six hours to include travelling time). Children under ten years must be accompanied by an adult.

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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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  • Real Rotorua

    The difference about my tour is my passion to connect people with all the awesome places around the Rotorua region that i know and love. Let me show you the same places I take my friends and family to when they visit.
    Our itineraries are designed to get the most out of your time with us and include must see destinations such as, natural springs, "off the beaten track" geothermal areas and sparkling lakes.

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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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  • Rainbow Springs Nature Park

    See a live kiwi foraging for food, feed rainbow trout, walk through our many free flight aviaries and through native New Zealand bush or come face to face with a Tuatara – all at Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Take a tour of the Kiwi Encounter, a working nursery and hatchery where Kiwi are raised before being released back into the wild.  There are many great encounters that include - native reptiles, Water Dragon's, eel feeding, exotic birds, Kaka, Weka, Antipodes Island Parakeet, Kea and more.  While you're here take a ride in The Big Splash, an entertaining and adventurous nine-minute journey exploring the ecological evolution of New Zealand, with state of the art animatronics and projection technology that  bring to life dinosaurs, Moa, the incredible Haast Eagle, the arrival of humans and so much more...finishing with a spectacular and exhilarating splash finish that both young and old will love! 

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Ages 6+

    Rotorua Canopy Tours

    NZ’s only native forest Zipline Canopy Tour. Enjoy a guided 3 hour eco adventure through the evergreen native forests of the Mamaku Plateau only minutes from Rotorua. The journey traverses a 1.2km network of ziplines (flying foxes) walking trails, suspended bridges and treetop platforms up to 22 metres above the ground. Our guides will bring the forest to life as you learn about its history, inhabitants and conservation. Minimum age: 6 years

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    • Phone: 07 343 1001
    • Location: 173 Old Taupo Rd, Utuhina, Rotorua
  • Ages 5+

    Rotorua Paddle Tours

    Offering amazing tours on SUPs (Stand-Up-Paddleboards) in the Rotorua area. With 4 trips available around Rotorua's spectacular waterways there are small coves, beautiful scenery and legendary natural hot springs waiting to be discovered. Min 10 years of age and must be able to fit safety gear. Family's who might have younger children, these guys can tailor trips, please contact for more information.

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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.