Top family activities you must do! – Rotorua

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With so many activities to choose from, Rotorua is that perfect place to bring the family . Something for the young-ins, the tweens, the teens and everyone to enjoy, make your trip to Rotorua an action packed one with some of these aura-some activities around town! Here are some of Aura’s super fun suggestions of activities to add to your must do Rotorua bucket list!

Redwoods Altitude – 5 minute drive from Aura

Described as an ‘Indian Jones Style’ jungle experience, we absolutely felt like we were in another world climbing and swinging our way though the treetops in the Redwoods forest! A must-do for those who don’t mind a heights as you spend a couple of hours strapped in high off the forest floor as the guide takes you across 25 swing bridges, a few flying foxes and some extra’s thrown in that could possibly make the knees shake. The guides are fantastic at making you feel as ease and also have a huge amount of knowledge about the forest and the history.

Man walking across a rope bridge high up in the trees
A great family activity in Rotorua!
Girl walking across a swingbridge made of rope in the forest.
Redwoods Altitude!
3D Trick Art Gallery – 10 minute drive from Aura

We love this gallery! It’s perfect for all ages and would be a great place to spend a few hours if you need a break from the sun, rain or want an activity that’s a bit more low key for the young kids. The gallery is the only 3D trick art gallery of it’s kind in New Zealand and there are over 50 3D life-sized murals through-out the gallery for you to have fun with and be super creative!
The gallery is located at the Rotorua Heritage Farm which offers daily farm tours and they have opened a new cafe on-site which looks out over the farm and is the perfect spot for kids to hang out on the playground while you grab a coffee or ice-cream. Plus, there are lots of bambi’s walking around which are super cute!

Girl ripping a painted 3D painting.
So many great images to get!
Girl made to look like she is hanging off a 3D painted imaged of a gondola.
3D Trick Art Gallery, Rotorua
Katoa Lake Rotorua – 5 minute walk from Aura

For those that love a bit of speed and excitement – Katoa Lake Rotorua is the place to go! They have three different experiences on offer, all of which start and finish right at the Lakefront, super close and easy to walk to from Aura (how handy!).  From the traditional jet boat ride, to a blast over to Mokoia Island or an afternoon at Manupirua Hot Springs on Lake Rotoiti, there is plenty to choose from and they are all aura-some!
The team has great knowledge of the local area and it’s the perfect way to cool down on those hot days as it’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll get a refreshing splash or two in the face!

People loading into a yellow jet boat on a lake.
Katoa Jet Boat – so much fun!
AMAZE me – 15 minutes drive from Aura

If you are looking for a bit of good old fashioned fan – aMAZEme is a must do! A great place to spend the morning or even the whole day as there is plenty to keep everyone occupied. Navigate your way through the 1.4km maze to the center, enjoy the assortment of lawn games on offer and maybe even have a picnic! A great place to bring family and friends together and a must-do if you have younger kids!

Aerial view of a an outdoor maze.
aMAZE me – can you escape it?


Two people racing in an outdoor lawn game. Other people around clapping
Race each other with the fun lawn games!
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