The Best School Holiday Activities in Rotorua

Kids Playing in Hammock - Best Activities Rotorua
It can be hard to keep our kids entertained during the school holidays.
Luckily, Rotorua has an array of awesome activities to keep the whole family entertained these holidays!  So, we've put together a handy list of the best school holiday activities in Rotorua.

1. 3D Trick Art Gallery

The 3D Trick Art gallery is one of the wackiest activities in Rotorua. Being the first trick art gallery in New Zealand, it boasts 50 artworks and 5 different themes. The gallery is open 7 days a week from 9.00am - 10.00pm. The paintings were created to show optical illusions and will encourage the whole clan to think of creative ways to take photos with the artwork.

3D Trick Art Gallery


Suitable ages: All Ages

Where to find it: 171 Fairy Springs Road, Rotorua


2. Redwoods Tree Walk 

Walk amongst 100+ year old Californian Redwoods in the Whakarewarewa Forest. The Tree Walk is 700 metres long, spans across 28suspension bridges, 27 platforms and takes about 40 minutes to complete. With the height of the walkway ranging between 9-20 metres, you are presented with a unique, birds’ eye perspective of the forest below and treetops above. After dusk, you can experience Redwoods Nightlights, where the forest is filled with beautiful lanterns lighting up the trees. Perfect for those looking for things to do in Rotorua at night.

Redwoods Tree Walk

Suitable ages: Accessible for all who can walk unaided. They also have purpose-built baby strollers available free of charge.

Where to find it: 1 Long Mile Road, access off Tarawera Road, Rotorua


3. Rotorua Rafting 

Got some angsty teens in your mix? Chilling at the lake not cutting the mustard? What better way to get the family little out of their comfort zone than sending it over the worlds highest commercially rafted waterfall? Let this school holiday beat the rest by joining them on the ride of a life time with Rotorua Rafting!

We are proud to offer one of, if not, THE best experience in the Bay of Plenty. The Kaituna River is home of Tutea Falls; the infamous 7 meter waterfall & thrilling rapids through the gorge.


Rotorua Rafting - family acivities

Suitable ages: To get the full Kaituna experience, waterfalls and all, you need to be 13+. We offer to walk those 10+ to below the waterfall so that they can enjoy the second half of the trip. This is a grade 3 section.

Where to find it: 761 State Highway 33, Okere Falls, Rotorua (20mins fromRotorua Central)



Chuck the kids into a giant inflatable ball and send them off down Mt Ngongotaha with ZORB, the fun will have you laughing uncontrollably.

ZORB offers 4 different ball rolling tracks; zig-zag Sidewinder, smooth ‘n’ fast Straight Track, MEGA Track -the longest, fastest and steepest track, and Big Air, their latest thrill ride. Ride with water or without water, the choice is yours!

We spent a family/crew arvo out at Zorb & had an absolute BALL.... #sorrynotsorry

Suitable ages: Minimum age is 5 years

Where to find it: 525 Ngongotaha Road, Fairy Springs, Rotorua


5. Rotorua Paddle Tours 

The beauty of Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is simple: it’s like walking on water. The grace of surfing and the power of paddling combine and give you the most fun you can have on water. Exploring, relaxing and working out! Rotorua Paddle Tours will take your family on a journey you won't forget.

Rotorua Paddle Tours

Suitable ages: 5+

Where to find it: 761 State Highway 33, Okere Falls (20mins from Rotorua central)


6. Motion 

As much as we encourage everyone to explore &enjoy what the great outdoors has to offer, Motion Entertainment is a great way to spend a rainy day. With 8 operators under one roof, Motion has something for all ages & all levels. We love the Laser Tag & Tenpin Bowling!

Suitable ages: All ages

Where to find it: 366 Te Ngae Road, Rotorua


7. Rotorua Heritage Farm

Visit some fury friends at the Rotorua HeritageFarm, once an agricultural and animal farm, transformed into an educational farm tour & café. The Farm Tour offers visitors a traditional animal farm tour experience where visitors can pet and feed sheep, cattle, deer, alpaca etc.

Suitable ages: All ages

Where to find it: 171 Fairy Springs Road, Rotorua


We hope this list will help your family enjoy more of what Rotorua has to offer these school holidays! For more info & inquiries on the Best School Holiday Activities in Rotorua give us a call on 0800 772 384.