A Short Break
Rotorua offers the ultimate family escape. Action packed weekend at your pace for famlies of all ages and stages.
Start the weekend with a rush at Zorb Rotorua. This unique adventure activity was invented in Rotorua and the balls are made in the factory onsite. Race boys against girls, kids against parents on the straight track, or get your twists and turns in on the sidewinder. An added bonus is the hot tub with a view at the top of the tracks while you’re waiting to roll!
Lake Tikitapu, also known as Blue Lake, is a firm family favourite with locals and visitors alike. The ideal spot for a walk, swim, kayak or bike, with a kids playground and public BBQ areas, you could easily while- away the afternoon here!
Head out to the Whakarewarewa Forest after dark to experience the Redwoods Nightlights. The forest comes alive with designer lanterns, lit up platforms and swing bridges, and animated light shows across the ferns below.
Rotorua Top 10 Holiday Park is a classic kiwi holiday park and ideal for a family weekend of fun. Bring a tent or van, or there are cabin and motel units available. Enjoy the mineral pools and swimming pools, and the kids will love the playground and bounce zone!
Visit the world’s youngest geothermal system at Waimangu Volcanic Valley. The valley was created by the eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886, so there’s heaps of history to learn as you wander through the valley. The geothermal wonders include a bright blue crater lake and the world’s largest hot spring, as well as steaming cliffs, spouting geysers and bubbling streams.
A short drive from Waimangu Volcanic Valley will find you at the Waikite Valley Thermal Pools. The water in these pools comes straight from Te Manaroa Spring, make sure you take wander up the eco-trail to see the water bubbling out of the ground before relaxing in the thermal waters.
The Pig & Whistle pub is a Rotorua landmark. Previously the city’s police station, now serving a range of craft beers and a great pub grub menu to keep the whole family happy – the pigtail fries are second to none!