Rotorua is the ultimate New Zealand family holiday destination. Kids of all ages love it, in spite of the smell. There is so much to do for families, from animal parks to outdoor adventures, thrill rides, and geothermal wonders. Your family will love it.
Regal Palms Resort
Regal Palms Resort is one of the best value for money hotels for families in Rotorua. It is in a great location and has loads to keep the kids and adults entertained – outdoor heated pool, BBQ area, tennis court, 9-hole mini golf, playground, table tennis, day spa and fitness centre. All rooms have cooking facilities, hot tub, satellite TV, heating/aircon, microwave and fridge.
There is a golf course nearby, and it is also handy to the mountain biking trails in Whakarewarewa Forest. Regal Palms has glowing reviews and amazing service!
Holiday Inn Rotorua
Holiday Inn overlooks the famous Whakarewarewa Geothermal Reserve and historical village and is also handy to the Redwoods Forest with it’s network of walks and mountain bike trails. It has a geothermically heated swimming pool and two hot tubs. There are facilities available for mountain bike storage and washing.
The buffet breakfast here is amazing value. We always take our family here for the breakfast when staying in town. It has become a tradition for our kids! Kids under 12 stay and eat free, and are catered for with two kids channels on TV, and a new games room that is open on weekends and school holidays. All in all, it’s a great family hotel.
Distinction Hotel Rotorua
Distinction Hotel is located close to Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and handy to the network of mountain bike trails in the forest for the active family. They have a secure bike storage room and wash down facilities and a large map of the bike trails available to plan your outings. Come back and relax in the heated outdoor pool, or spa pools in a little grotto.
The rooms here are comfortable and roomy and there’s a sensational buffet breakfast with loads of variety to start your day. Arikikapakapa golf course is next door and it’s a five minute drive to the city centre and Lake Rotorua.
Jet Park Hotel Rotorua
Jet Park Hotel is in a handy location, five minutes walk from the city centre. They have complimentary buffet breakfast with great variety and a play area for children. It is excellent value for money and the staff are warm and welcoming. The pool is only heated to a slightly warm 24 degrees, so better suited to warmer months or hardy swimmers. They even have some pet friendly rooms set up with beds and treats for your family pooch. This is an excellent choice for a family hotel in Rotorua.
Copthorne Hotel Rotorua
The Copthorne Hotel is in a nice quiet location, five minutes drive to the city centre and Lake Rotorua and close to the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and famous Pohutu Geyser. The pool and spas are great for entertaining the kids, and it’s five minutes walk to the Rotorua Golf Club.
The rooms are clean and well sized, and everyone raves about the comfortable beds! Staff are friendly and personable. There is free Wifi, free parking and a cooked or continental breakfast.
Rydges is located next to the racecourse with views over the city. It is a few minutes walk to the shopping area and Lake Rotorua. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, and there is free Wifi and parking. Kids under 12 dine free in a beautiful courtyard restaurant, and there is a buffet breakfast with a good selection available.
Deluxe rooms have a spa bath and private balcony. There is no pool anymore so is excellent value if you’re out a lot and just need somewhere to sleep.
Apollo Hotel Rotorua
Apollo is an apartment-style hotel, located close to many tourist attractions and shops, with enough space to be comfortable for a family stay. The staff are pleasant and helpful and there is plenty of close car parking available. The pool is not heated, so probably best for a summer stay, but there is a spa available as well for winter. There is also a laundry available for guests, which is always handy when travelling with kids!