Family Fun

Rotorua is a great place to create memories that you’ll be talking about for years to come.


Travelling with your family is exciting and loads of fun – especially when the best attractions, cafés, restaurants and free things to do are all within easy access (think: less time for backseat feuds!).

Feed the animals and your love for adventure

Who doesn’t love to stop and snuggle actual live giant bunnies on a mini golf course? Or feed furry alpaca, sheep and other farm animals at Rotorua Heritage Farm, or visit the small-animal enclosure at aMAZEme (also a great place to lose the kids for a while!)?
If adventure is at the top of your list, roll downhill in a giant inflatable ZORB, race each other on Luges at Skyline Rotorua, and much more.

Get out into nature

Geothermal parks always leave the kids in awe over the steam, bubbling mud, erupting geysers and colourful lakes that look like they’re straight out of a Dr Seuss book. Several hot pools have family zones for a bit of fun. Whakarewarewa Forest (aka “The Redwoods”) as well 14 of our 18 lakes are free to visit year-round.

Rainy day activities

If the weather isn’t cooperating, Rotorua has a number of activities for rainy day fun. Motion Entertainment has ten-pin bowling, mini golf, trampoline park, laser tag, escape rooms, Chipmunks Playland, and electronic games galore, all under one roof! The 3D Trick Art Gallery and a WWII amphibious duck vehicle tour are also on offer to keep everyone entertained.

Finding accommodation

To find the perfect place to stay in Rotorua for your family, we recommend booking through one of our two Rotorua i-SITE Visitor Information Centres for free and expert advice. Ask about Rotorua's range of family friendly places to stay

For more inspiration or to help make the most of a long weekend in Rotorua check out this three day itinerary. And remember to sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date with the latest news from RotoruaNZ. 

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Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Family Fun, South

Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is New Zealand's most colourful geothermal attraction.

Skyline Rotorua Luge and Gondola

Family Fun, North

Conveniently located just five minutes from central Rotorua and beginning with a serene Gondola ride up Mt Ngongotahā, Skyline Rotorua offers unrivalled views of Rotorua’s famous geothermal wonderland.

Action Bug - Rangitāiki with Riverbug.NZ

Family Fun, South

Try something truly new! This Action Bug tour mixes a Riverbug with generous portions of whitewater in a breathtaking gorge on the Rangitāiki River between Rotorua and Whakatāne. This is an unforgettable experience that's unique to the Bay of Plenty.

Horse Trekking Lake Okareka

Family Fun, East

Trek on horseback through 500 acres of native bush and 1,500 acres of working sheep and cattle farm with stunning views of Mount Tarawera and lakes Okareka and Tarawera.

Rotorua Ziplines

Family Fun, East

Rotorua Ziplines will have you soaring over waterfalls and through stunning native forests whilst being immersed in the rich Māori history of our special slice of the world, Okere Falls, Rotorua.

The National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa

Family Fun, North

The whole family will love the globally acclaimed National Kiwi Hatchery. It’s the only purpose-built kiwi conservation centre in the world that’s open to the public, and New Zealand’s only open-to-view kiwi hatchery and rearing facility.


Family Fun, Central

Race on an indoor go-kart drift track and see if you have what it takes to control the out-of-control race karts!

Electric Bike Rotorua

Family Fun

Explore Rotorua and experience the thrill of an electric bike.

Hell's Gate Geothermal Park & Mud Spa

Family Fun, East

Hell’s Gate is Rotorua’s most active geothermal reserve and New Zealand’s only mud spa complex.


Family Fun, North

The world-renowned Agrodome features Rotorua’s favourite Farm Tour, Farm Show AND their newest furry resident, Shaun the Sheep!

Wonderworld Amazement Park

Family Fun, East

Wonderworld's 3D mega maze has been a Rotorua icon for more than 40 years. Explore Rotorua’s longest and largest maze with a design and other activities that shift your perspective.

3D Trick Art Gallery

Family Fun

Immerse yourself into the picture and enjoy the magical journey.