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Rainy Day Rescue: All-Weather Adventures for Kids in Rotorua

What to do in Rotorua on a rainy day?

When you plan a family holiday, you start dreaming of clear skies and sunshine. But as we all know, Mother Nature can be unpredictable, and the forecast can sometimes dampen the best of plans. No need to cancel your trip though – Rotorua offers plenty of family fun, whether the sun is shining or the rain is pouring.

Velocity Valley

Rainy days at Velocity Valley can be an absolute blast for those seeking adrenaline-fuelled excitement. Grab a family pass to share 6, 8, or 10 rides at this high-octane adventure park.

Imagine your family racing each other on the Shweeb Racer, a unique human-powered racing monorail that’s perfect for friendly competition. Next, head to the wind tunnel at Freefall Xtreme, where you can experience the sensation of skydiving without leaving the ground. The raindrops on the glass add an atmospheric touch as you float and hover, defying gravity together.

For those craving speed, the Agrojet offers an exhilarating jet sprint. You’ll be grinning as you zoom through twisting waterways at breathtaking speeds, creating an adrenaline rush that’s hard to beat.

Velocity Valley promises unforgettable family thrills, making a rainy day in Rotorua an opportunity to make some epic memories.

Rotorua Duck Tours

Rotorua Duck Tours offer a delightful way to explore Rotorua from on land and in the water. These covered amphibious vehicles seamlessly transition from road to lake, making them perfect for rainy days.

The guided tours provide an educational and entertaining experience for the entire family. You’ll learn about Rotorua’s history, culture, and stunning landscape as you cruise through the town’s streets and then make a splash into Lake Rotorua.  For an exciting blend of sightseeing and aquatic fun, it’ll be a memorable activity in any weather.


Te Puia

Te Puia has plenty to delight families with its fascinating geothermal wonders and rich Māori culture.

Begin your journey by witnessing the mighty Pōhutu Geyser, which shoots hot water and steam into the air—an impressive spectacle that’s even more captivating when it’s raining.

Next, immerse yourself in Māori culture with engaging cultural performances, with impressive showcases of traditional dances, songs, and the iconic haka.

While some parts of Te Puia are outdoors, the rain can enhance the experience as you witness the geothermal features surrounded by mist and steam. It’s a unique adventure that your family will enjoy, whatever the weather.

Photo Credit: Miles Holden 

ZORB Rotorua

Rain only enhances the excitement at ZORB Rotorua, where you can experience the thrill of rolling downhill inside a giant inflatable ball that’s filled with warm or cold water, depending on the season.

Get ready for excitement as you slip and slide inside the Zorb, laughing and splashing with your family. It’s an exhilarating activity that’s perfect on days with less-than-ideal weather, as you’ll get wet either way! A spa pool at the end will keep you warm too.


Polynesian Spa

After your outdoor adventures in the rain, it’s time to warm up and relax. Polynesian Spa offers a welcoming retreat with its thermal hot pools, making it an excellent choice for a family soak. There’s a slide for the kids and hot springs for the adults.

The pools come in various temperatures, ensuring everyone can find their comfort level. The Polynesian Spa provides a perfect ending to a day of outdoor fun, allowing you to unwind together.

A little rain shouldn’t dampen your family’s holiday to Rotorua! So, embrace the weather and make the most of your time in this fun-filled destination.

  • “Omg everyone needs to go here... Lots of fun. I did the agrojet (reaches 100km/h in less than 4 seconds) and the swoop (where you drop from 40m high and can reach 130km/h!). Highly recommend both and the other rides look fun too. Even if you're scared of heights (like me!) definitely try the swoop, I ended up loving it!”

    Greg Stevens
    July 2021