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The city of Rotorua is a must see when visiting New Zealand. Very few cities in the world can boast geothermal pools in the center of the city and steam rising from the streets. Rotorua is also filled with history, Maori culture and a great supply of activities to entertain the entire family.
Let Dad disappear for the afternoon on Rotorua's Arikikapakapa golf course, one of New Zealands leading golf courses. Situated alongside Lake Rotorua in the Whakarewarewa thermal area the golf course is alive with a number of geothermal ‘hazards’ such as bubbling mud-pools and steam-vents, but don't worry it is only dangerous for your golf balls.
The geothermal area also means the course is set on pumice grounds which allows for rapid drainage after rain. The course is very rarely deprived of play as greens recover in only a few minutes, even after heavy rainstorms.
Arikikapakapa is a full 18 hole golf course with easy walking and an excellent golfing layout. They have all the necessities such as a fully equipped pro-shop, licensed bar, and restaurant which will keep dad and the rest of the family happy for at least a round or two.
While Dads losing his balls in the Arikikapakapa mud pools Mum can relax and be pampered in the Polynesian Spa hot pools. Polynesian Spa is one of the top attractions in Rotorua and has been voted as one of the World’s Top Ten Natural, Thermal Medical Spas by the UK Conde Nast Traveller Magazine
Set amidst native flora Polynesian Spa offers hot mineral bathing in four separate areas and a impressive selection of enticing spa therapies in the Lake Spa Retreat. Just remember bookings are essential!
Skyline Rotorua: www.skyline.co.nz
Home of the world famous Luge, Skyline Rotorua is definitely one of the most exciting family attractions Rotorua has to offer. Skyline Rotorua offers spectacular panoramic views across Rotorua and hours of excitement down the three different Luge tracks.
As well as the café, buffet restaurant, Skyswing, Skyvue and the jellybean shop there is also now a winery! No one will be disappointed after a day at Skyline Rotorua.
Rotorua Museum: www.rotoruamuseum.co.nz
The Rotorua Museum is also a must do and is a great rainy day activity if the weather is not favorable for an outdoor family adventure. The Museum is located within one of New Zealand's most famous buildings and showcases the history and the culture of the city as well as many exhibitions which are updated frequently.
If you are looking for somewhere to stay there is plenty of accommodation in Rotorua to suit everyone’s needs and budget.
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