Things to do with kids in Rotorua - School Holiday Activities

If you're looking for things to do with the kids these school holidays, we've got you covered! Our self-guided tours make the perfect family day trip, and some great technology that will make the visit fun for all ages.

Geothermal Self-Guided Tours

A visit to Waimangu Volcanic Valley is a great family activity in Rotorua. You'll be given a guide sheet packed with information about the geothermal features, history and environment at Waimangu. It has a geothermal valley map with numbered points and all the areas of interest have a number sign so you'll know exactly what you're looking at. Let the kids take charge - hand them the wanderer guide and let them lead the way!

Family Activities Rotorua

Hire an Infrared Thermometer

For a hands-on activity for children, you can now hire an infrared thermometer for your visit at Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Kids of all ages will love checking out the temperature of the geothermal features throughout the valley. They are easy to use, just point and click and the digital reader will show you the temperature. 

Infrared Thermometer

FREE Waimangu App

If your children are into their technology, download the FREE Waimangu App before your visit. It is full of hidden content and information to keep the little ones interested throughout the walk.

For a great family day out at Waimangu, combine technology and nature, discovering features like augmented reality to bring the history of the area to life.

Waimangu App with hidden content

Lake Rotomahana Boat Cruise

The Lake Rotomahana Boat Cruise is a fun way for kids to learn about the Mount Tarawera eruption and the Pink and White Terraces. There is also a selection of geothermal activity that can only be seen from the water including a spectacular lakeside geyser.

You can book this cruise after the guided tour, on its own, or combine with your own self-guided walk.

Family on Lake Rotomahana Boat Cruise

Waikite Valley Thermal Pools

After all that exploring, head over to our neighbours at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools for a relaxing soak in 100% natural geothermal spring water. The thermal pools are located in a tranquil rural environment, and they have a variety of different pools to choose from. Children will be fascinated by the eco-trail to Te Manaroa Spring, the source of the spring water, and the cooling system as it runs down to the bathing area.  The main settlers pool is suitable for children and they offer discounted family entry, so a perfect affordable family activity in Rotorua!

Waikite Thermal Pools Eco Trail

Posted by Nicki Dent on April 05, 2019