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Seven family-friendly places to stay in Rotorua

Rotorua is the perfect family destination. Not only are there loads of things to see and do, but the same can be said for our accommodation options, too.

 

Ranging from Top 10 holiday parks to 5-star luxury lodges and everything in between, there’s something for every budget and taste.

 

Holiday parks


Awarded New Zealand’s Spirit of Hospitality award at the national Holiday Parks awards, the Qualmarked 4-star All Seasons Holiday Park (pictured above) is firm family favourite and just eight minutes from town.
 

Sleep: choose from fully self-contained motel units; family units that sleep up to six; studios with kitchen and bathroom; cabins; campsites; even fenced sites for dogs

 

Enjoy: enclosed, heated pool and spa; playground; BBQs; large park-like grounds

 

Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park (pictured above) is located across from one of our favourite lakes, the beautiful Tikitapu (aka Blue Lake), and surrounded by native bush. It’s about a 10-minute drive from town.
 
Sleep: motel and self-contained units that sleep up to eight; cabins; campsites; even a two-room tent with bar-sized fridge, jug, toaster, kitchen equipment and linens for four people
 
Enjoy: besides the crystal-clear lake for swimming, boating, kayaking, fishing and more, the park offers a hot tub; playground and bouncy pillow; “fun bikes” and kayaks to hire; boat parking
 

Motels


Located down a quiet street, you’d never guess Aura Accommodation (pictured above) is just two blocks from the city centre, literally 280 metres from Eat Streat, even closer to the Rotorua Lakefront, and 300 metres from Government Gardens, surrounding you with options for dining, shopping and playing.
 
Sleep: options include a two-bedroom apartment the sleeps six; family studio for five; one-bedroom, two-bedroom and studio units
 
Enjoy: heated pool; mineral hot pool; trampoline and lawn games; BBQ area; free Wi-Fi; even a recycling centre so you can feel great about looking after Papatūānuku
 
Sport of Kings Motel is ranked #8 of 89 Rotorua hotels and Travellers’ Choice 2021. Being Kiwi-owned, you can count on great hospitality and knowledgable advice from your hosts.
 
Sleep: two-bedroom family apartments sleep six; one-bedroom spa apartment with your own private indoor spa pool; studio units sleep three
 
Enjoy: heated pool and private spas; playground; BBQs; purpose-built bike wash and secure storage for bikes and sports gear
 

Hotels


Four-legged families members are important, too! While All Seasons Holiday Park has fenced camping sites for pooches, Jet Park Hotel Rotorua’s Pampered Pet Package provides a pet-friendly hotel room complete with pet bed and blanket, dog bowls, a treat and toy.
 
Sleep: standard and superior rooms sleep two to four; family suites sleep up to four; and fully self-contained apartment for two
 
Enjoy: swimming pool and spa; access to Anytime Fitness a five-minute drive away; kids’ play area; bike wash and storage; even an outdoor pet wash station. Read about more pet-friendly places here if you’re bringing your best furry friend to Rotorua.

If you’re after a quiet, out-of-the-way kind of place, check out Ramada Resort by Wyndham Rotorua Marama (pictured above and at top). Nestled alongside Lake Rotorua and just minutes from Lake Rotoiti and popular Okere Falls, Ramada offers a resort-like atmosphere centred on the Ohau Channel.
 
Sleep: two-bedroom townhouse sleeps up to four; two-storey, three-bedroom lodge and three-bedroom chalet sleep up to six
 
Enjoy: pool and spa; tennis court; gym; BBQs; kayak hire; fly fishing; private boat dock
 

Luxury lodge


In our list of luxury accommodation options (yes, there’s a list – stay tuned for an upcoming accommodation story), it’s hard to beat Treetops Lodge & Estate (pictured above) for a fantastic family holiday. Nestled in 2,500 acres of 800-year-old native forest, this award-winning lodge is a nature lover’s sanctuary.
 
Sleep: the Luxury Villa accommodates a family of four
 
Enjoy: fly fishing; kayaking; horse riding; archery; glow worm caves; rivers, lakes and waterfalls; 56km of hiking trails; spa and outdoor hot tubs; helicopter adventures; daily natural heritage and native wilderness-inspired signature experiences
 

But wait, there’s more

This list is by no means exhaustive. We’ll be posting more stories soon about additional accommodation options here in Rotorua. In the meantime, check out the variety here, or get in touch with our travel experts at one our i-SITE Visitor Information Centres who are happy to provide advice and booking services.
 
The team is the only booking agent in New Zealand to guarantee that your accommodation will be exactly as they promise, or you’ll get your money back – no questions asked!
 
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