If you are looking for family-friendly, all-weather activities where you can experience geothermal hot pools, local culture and history during your weekend getaway to Rotorua then check out our top tips below.
Rotorua Duck Tours
Rotorua Duck Tours is a unique, fun and family-friendly way to explore the geothermal wonders, history and culture of Rotorua. Starting from the central city, you hop aboard a World War II Amphibious Landing Vessel for a tour of the city highlights, which includes steaming geothermal features and historical landmarks. After your circuit of the city, you head out of town where you will splashdown into some of Rotorua’s most stunning and culturally significant lakes. On your tour the friendly and knowledgeable guide will share information on not only the magnificent sights you see now but also the rich Maori history. The Ducks are fitted with removable rain screens and blankets to ensure that you can enjoy your tour in all weather conditions.
The Rotorua Museum is located in the beautiful, centrally-located, Government Gardens and is an excellent choice to begin your exploration of Rotorua’s history, especially on a wet and cold winters day. In addition to the excellent temporary exhibits, the Rotorua museum is home to a comprehensive exhibition on the 1886 Mt Tarawera Eruption, including an outstanding interactive simulator. The Museum itself is housed in a famous old bath house, making it the perfect location to exhibit Rotorua’s longstanding designation as a world class spa town.
A steamy winter’s evening is a great time to relax and warm up at Polynesian Spa in their geothermal and mineral hot pools. The spa complex has something for all ages, the family pool area has a large heated freshwater pool with a small waterslide and two mineral hot pools. The spa also has an adult-only section which contains pools with both alkaline and acidic water as does the deluxe Lake Spa area. Those looking to be pampered can also enjoy one or a combination of the spa therapies, some of which include Rotorua’s famous mud.