Breathtaking nature, stunning geothermal landscape, exotic forests, and pristine lakes – Rotorua is a haven for families to connect with nature and reconnect with each other. Quality time to experience something extraordinary together makes for memories of a lifetime. Here are five activities for families to enjoy that deliver great value and exceptional experiences and caters to all ages and interests.
Redwoods Treewalk at Whakarewarewa Forest
Redwoods Treewalk takes a walk in the woods to new heights and is a must-do experience in Rotorua. A family adventure above the forest floor, your journey takes you across 28 beautifully designed, suspension bridges between majestic redwood trees. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels, purpose-built pushchairs are also available for babies making it easy for everyone in the family to join in and experiences the world’s longest living treewalk. You can extend your time at Whakarewarewa Forest and explore the Redwoods Forest by daylight with a beautiful network of walking and biking trails for locals and visitors to enjoy. This award-winning 40 minute eco-tourism walk is 700 metres long and can also be experienced after sunset as part of the Redwoods Nightlights experience.
Wingspan, the National Bird of Prey Centre, is a unique conservation and rehabilitation programme for native New Zealand falcons, hawks and owls. Watch these magnificent birds of prey in action and in flight – intimate and interactive experiences that everyone in the family will enjoy. Bookings are recommended so make sure you call to book in and find out when the flying demos are scheduled to run. Located on Paradise Valley Road in beautiful Ngongotaha Valley, Wingspan is situated overlooking Lake Rotorua and is a 10 minutes’ drive from the CBD.
Families stick together through the ups and downs of life, right? What better way to test just how strong your family ties are at Velocity Valley Adventure Park. Take the plunge side by side with a tandem bungy or swing into full velocity with Swoop – the giant super swing suspended from 40 metres high. With a range of rides and family packages available, you can pick and choose from 6, 8 or 10 adventure rides combos to share as a family and really get amongst it. With free shuttle service pick-ups from central Rotorua accommodation, Velocity Valley is the perfect day trip for families to enjoy. Open daily and operates rain or shine, Velocity Valley is an exciting and epic day out for everyone in the family.
Rotorua Night Market
Always guaranteed an evening of fun, the Rotorua Night Market is the place to be on Thursday nights. This boutique style shopping showcases the best local and ethnic foods and crafts with live entertainment. Twinkling lights, fragrant food, music in the air and a festive feel, this is where locals and visitors alike come together to enjoy a relaxed, family friendly night out in the community. Held Thursday nights from 5 pm – 9 pm, head down to Tutanekai Street, between Haupapa and Hinemoa Streets for all the night market fun.
3D Trick Art Gallery
From toddlers to teens, the 3D Trick Art Gallery is a fantasy filled journey that takes you through over 50 larger than life trick art paintings across five themes. Make your way through transformational scenes including Classic Art, Kiwi Life, Challenge, Fantasy and Grand Nature and see just how far your imagination and creativity will take you. Strike a pose, have fun and let the good times roll. This unique indoor attraction is a perfect rainy day activity and is something a bit different and fun for the whole family to do.
3D Trick Art Gallery Rotorua. Photo credit: RotoruaNZ.