Rotorua family activities and attractions

Filled with a number of great award-winning activities and attractions, Rotorua is the perfect family holiday destination.

Family activities in Rotorua are plentiful, with enough to fill a week!

Rotorua has a great variety of activities and attractions to cater for all ages and budgets from internationally rated adventure activities, traditional Maori culture, unique geothermal attractions and spectacular natural New Zealand beauty.

The Redwood Forest
The Whakarewarewa forest, more commonly known as ‘The Redwoods’, is made up of over 5600 hectares of forest filled with an internationally recognised network of impressive mountain biking and also a number of leisurely walking tracks. Take the opportunity to enjoy some quality time out with the family and explore the magnificent stand of Californian Redwoods, native New Zealand bush and the fresh forest air.

Rotorua Canopy Tours
Rated one of the best activities in the country on Tripadvisor, Rotorua Canopy Tours is not to be missed. The 3 hour eco-adventure is set high in the canopy of a untouched native forest and is a great family activity as it is suited for all ages. The tour consist of 10 treetop platforms, 6 ziplines (flying foxes) and 2 swing bridges that you can help each other overcome as a family. See the Rotorua Canopy Tours website to book a discounted family pass.   

The Agrodome
The Agrodome is located in a idyllic rural setting just minutes out of Rotorua and is home to one of New Zealand’s most loved tourist attractions, the multi award winning Sheep Show. This famous Rotorua family attraction features live sheep shearing, cow milking, lamb feeding, and dog demonstrations in their daily shows.

Rotorua Lakes
Rotorua is known as New Zealand's Lakes District, with no fewer than 16 pristine lakes in the region. Many of the lakes offer trophy trout fishing, scenic walking tracks, geothermal hot pools and plenty of opportunities to take part in every water sport imaginable. Visit RotoruaNZ for the best water activities for the entire family to take part in.  

Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park
Paradise Valley Springs is a beautifully presented wildlife park which has its own pride of African lions where you can even pat a Lion Cub! The natural environment is rightly named Paradise Valley, filled with native and exotic wildlife around every corner it is a must see attraction that even the big kids will enjoy.

Polynesian Spa
The Polynesian Spa is a relaxing escape that the parents will enjoy. New Zealand's leading international spa offers rejuvenating geothermal mineral hot pools, sumptuous spa therapies and even has a separate pool area just for families.

Skyline Skyrides and Luge
Enjoy a scenic gondola ride up Mt. Ngongotaha and enjoy the extensive views across Rotorua, the surrounding lakes and geothermal areas. Once at the top enjoy the ride down with thrill of the 3 different levels of luge rides. Skyline Rotorua also offer a relaxing restaurant with the best views in the city, beautiful nature walks and a number of other great activities.

Rotorua’s Golden Glow Motel offers perfect family accommodation located centrally, only minutes from the city centre and close to many Rotorua family activities and attractions. To find out about more local information, the best places to eat, cultural attractions and many other Rotorua family activities and attractions visit the Golden Glow Motel website: