From New Zealand’s largest city to its geothermal heart, this five day road trip covers some of our must-do spots that you should include in your New Zealand Itineraries. A family road trip from Auckland to Rotorua will take you to a volcano, hobbit holes and glowworm caves, and zipping through ancient trees.
If you're looking for the best free things to do in Rotorua then you're in luck! With so much to see and do in this geothermal city you'll be spoiled for choice, so we've picked out our top five to get you started.
Top five free things to do in Rotorua
Blue Lake Track
There are lots of walks within 2 hours drive of Rotorua that are amazing to do. Check out these half - full day walking tracks that are surrounded by beautiful forest and spectacular views. All of these Rotorua walks make for an unforgettable day of sightseeing:
Tarawera Outlet to Tarawera Falls
Mount Ngongotaha Scenic Reserve
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Rainbow Mountain Summit Track
Rotorua’s ancient forests, geothermal energy and raft of outdoor adventures makes it a top-notch place to visit for a family holiday. It’s a wonderland for both kids and adults, with things to do in Rotorua like zip lining, hiking and lugeing. Being locals ourselves, we’ve put together a 5-day, family-friendly Rotorua itinerary to help you get inspired. We promise it will be one for the photo albums!
- Skyline Skyrides & Stratosphere Restaurant
- Walk in the Redwoods & Rotorua Canopy Tours
- Rainbow Springs
- Kuirau Park & OGO
- Eat Streat
Driving from Rotorua to Wellington, is a very popular drive and can be made even better when you know about the awesome things to do and places to see in-between!
Crankworx Rotorua is a world-renowned bike festival that kicks into gear each year in March. With a week of non-stop events, there is sure to be something for you to check out. At Rotorua Canopy Tours, we have a lot of keen mountain bikers, plus we love to get involved in local events. Read below for more information on what you can include in your action packed weekend at Crankworx Rotorua.
We’ve put together a few family friendly activities to do in the rain to keep the kids entertained during the school holidays.
1. Rotorua Canopy Tours zipline tour
Rotorua Canopy Tours is one of the best family friendly activities in Rotorua. Minimum age is six on the Original Canopy Tour so the whole family can join in. The awesome guides make the tour very fun and educational. The learning can then lead to some awesome conservation projects that the kids can do at home. The ziplining tours are awesome in the rain as the forest looks lush and beautiful, and the best part is that the canopy will keep you very dry. Rotorua Canopy Tours will give you all the gear to keep you warm and dry, so it is a great activity for those rainy day especially if the kids have been stuck inside for a few days already.