Top 5 Rotorua Family Activities

Family Fun Hot List

Our guide to the best family attractions in Rotorua

Rotorua is a fun packed destination that is oneof the most visited regions in New Zealand.  Famous for its geothermal activity and maori culture, it's also an established region for family activities. To help you find your ideal family activity we're picked our favourite attractions to check out. 

Our Top 5 Rotorua Family Activities:

1.  Agrodome

The Agrodome is a family attraction that’s been entertaining visitors for over 40 years.  A visit includes a Guided Tour exploring the working farm and a fast-paced sheep show. The hour-long show showcases various breeds of New Zealand sheep and the Agrodome sheepdogs, along with a sheep shearing demonstration.  Children can hand feed some of the many animals on the farm and visit the nursery where the baby animals are kept.

Location: 141 Western Rd, Ngongotaha.

2.  Skyline Gondola

The Skyline Gondola ultimate family fun attraction.  Visitors not only get panoramic views of Rotorua but enough fun activities to keep all ages entertained for a morning or an afternoon.  The top of the gondola sits 500 metres atop Mount Ngongotaha to the west of the city.  There are 3 Luge tracks to ride, a Flying Fox ‘zipline’ activity, 4D Motion Theatre,  Skyswing and a mountain bike park.  What’s more, there’s a café, restaurant and wine tasting room for adults to enjoy.

Location: 178 Fairy Springs Rd, Fairy Springs.

3.  Paradise Valley Springs 

Paradise Valley Springs is a beautifully presented Wildlife park that features a pride of African Lions.  The afternoon feeding show is a good time to see the lions active, and to learn more about the pride.  Wild animals including goats, deers, tahr and wallabies, alpacas, emus and sheep can all be hand fed throughout the day.  Visitors can walk through the park's waterbird wetland for great views of native and introduced waterfowl, and observe the many different native birds living wild around the park.

Check our travel article on our visit to the park to learn more.

Location: 467 Paradise Valley Road.

4.  The Treewalk

Families can enjoy a pleasant walk in the forest or, take the higher route high above with The Redwoods Treewalk.  This 553 metre walkway winds its way through the towering Redwood trees via a series of 23 suspension bridges that connect the 100+ year-old Redwood trees.

The bridges incline from 6 metres to an impressive 12 metres at its peak.   For a different experience, head along in the evening to enjoy the forest lit up by the  David Trubridge Design lighting.

Read more in our Treewalk travel article on our visit to the attraction.

Location: Long Mile Rd, Whakarewarewa.

5.  Motion Entertainment

This is the place to take the family when it rains.  This multi-activity attraction has all the fun under one roof.  Motion theatre rides, escape room games, tenpin bowling, mini-golf, laser tag and an arcade are some of the activities on offer.  Along with the games, there’s a fully licensed restaurant.  Visitors can choose one activity, a combo ticket or a superpass for a whole day's entertainment.

Location: 366 Te Ngae Rd, Lynmore.

For more inspiration visit our 'Things To Do' section.