Rotorua is not hosting the annual New Year Festival this year due to the uncertainly of Covid-19 still existing in New Zealand. Even though the ministry has announced zero new cases of Covid-19, the GLO festival will not happen this year. The festival attracts 15,000 tourists every year to the village of Green to celebrate this traditional festival. A lot of arrangements take place before the final day of the festival. But due to lack of time and previous lockdowns, the management committee cannot fulfill the arrangements this year. Despite these problems, the tourist spots will be open for all. If you have booked your tickets for the festival already, but it has been canceled, here is what you can do during your stay in Rotorua. Here are five family activities to try out this holiday season.
Agrodome is a working farm that hosts a fast-paced sheep show. This may not sound interesting enough at first, but there is a lot more that goes around the place. You can learn about the various sheep breeds of New Zealand, watch the sheepdogs perform their tasks with perfection, and watch sheep shearing demos. Children are allowed to feed the animals and explore the farm.
If you are looking for a luxury family destination, then Skyline Gondola is the place you must take your family to. You get an amazing panoramic view of Rotorua from the top while your kids can be entertained with activities made just for them. The adults can also find themselves some interesting things to do. The top of the gondola sits 500m on the top of Mount Ngogotaha in the west of the city. It is connected to three different adventures – Flying Fox zipline, 4D motion theatre, and Skywing. There is also a mountain bike park if you want to ride through the bike trails. You can always take a break to visit a cafe, restaurant, or bar on the way.
The rainbow springs provide a remarkable natural spot to enjoy for an entire family. There are magical trails made for easy hiking between giant redwood and kauri trees. Take the help of a guide to explore the wildlife, hot water springs, and plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained. A big splash takes you down the waters into a big splash to provide a quick joy ride. The place looks more beautiful and romantic during the nights with under-lit ponds and fairy lights.
If your family loves to have a good time in the woods and camping, then this is the place that you cannot miss. Enjoy your time walking through the forests and hike through the Redwoods Threewalk for a quite adventurous journey. Soon after reaching the first suspension bridge on the trail, you can expect to see other 22 bridges that will lead you to over 100 years old Redwood trees. It is a great walk to have some alone time with yourself.