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Rotorua is commonly known for its cultural experiences and thermal activity but as I found out on my last visit it has so much more to offer. Whether you are looking for family adventure or parent/child bonding experience, Rotorua has something for you. Have a read below for a quick insight on what Rotorua offered me.
Firstly I headed out to face my fear of water and signed up to do White Water Rafting with River Rats Raft and Kayak. The raft guides soon put my fears to rest and explained that they had rafting trips to suit anyone.
They can take children anywhere from 5 years up and have trips that range from Grade 2 to Grade 5 . They soon had me signed up to raft the Grade 5 tour with a 7M waterfall drop! It was one of the most exciting and fun things I have done in a long time, definitely one for your bucket list. You are on the water for 45 minutes and it feels like 15 because you are having so much fun.
If rafting is not for you head up to Skyline Skyrides Rotorua which is perched on the side of Mt Ngongotaha. Your camera is a MUST as you will capture some spectacular panoramic views of Rotorua.
Skyline Skyrides is one of the most popular family activities; it accommodates and appeals to all ages. My favourite is the Luge which is a 3 wheeled cart that has a unique breaking and steering system. Children under 6 years must ride with a parent but over 6 they are able to take the leisurely 2km trip down the mountain.
There is a double seated chair lift that will take you back to the top to do it all over again. For those that are looking for a more thrilling ride they can take the Intermediate track and navigate the spirals, tunnels and race friends to the bottom. The Skyline also offers breakfast, lunch and evening meals.
When it comes to where to go for dinner the choice is endless! Take some time to relax at Brew pub and enjoy some great Kiwi beers. Brew has a friendly feel and welcomes families with a great menu that will suit all tastes.
If it is culture that you are looking for I recommend booking a Mitai Combo, you will not be disappointed. At Mitai you will experience traditional Maori Culture from the cooking of the food in the Hangi, to the ancient warrior welcome in the waka (canoe).
The evening will be fun filled with stories, singing and a traditional Maori feast. Once you have eaten your meal you will be transported to see Glow worms and Kiwi birds, children love this part of the evening.
You can’t come to Rotorua without experiencing the thermal pools and there are plenty of places to do this. Polynesian Spa offers a unique spa experience for all ages and boasts a variety of hot mineral pool and massage therapies. They even have their own family pool which comes with water slides for the kids. This was just my first day, there is so much more to see and do in Rotorua!