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!
Rydges Rotorua (formerly the 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.
Arawa Park Hotel Rotorua
Arawa Park Hotel (formerly 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!
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside is a great family hotel. It’s located right next to the lake in the centre of town. This is the prime spot to stay in Rotorua, next to Eat Street and the lakefront. Novotel has an excellent pool which kids will love. They also do a great buffet breakfast which is a firm favourite with my kids.
Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua
A good pool is essential if you’re travelling with kids, so Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua is a firm favourite with families. The hotel is close to town, it’s walking distance from the waterfront. There are plenty of family rooms, and an excellent restaurant with a breakfast buffet. There’s also a Maori cultural show!
ibis Rotorua is an excellent choice for families in Rotorua. It’s next to Novotel on the lakefront in the heart of town, so the location is superb. It’s a little cheaper than the Novotel too, which is great for families on a budget. There’s a restaurant that has a breakfast buffet. BUT, there’s NO pool, which may rule it out for some families.
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Millennium Hotel Rotorua is one of Rotorua’s best family hotels. It also has one of Rotorua’s best hotel pools, there’s a great hot tub for Mum and Dad to enjoy while the kids play in the large heated pool. Millennium is well located near the Polynesian Spa and the Government Gardens. It’s an easy walk to most of downtown and the lakefront.
Regent of Rotorua
Regent of Rotorua has a lovely pool, and they have two bedroom family suites. Because of this it is a popular family hotel in Rotorua. There’s a mountain bike cleaning area for families who bike together. The waterfront is a short walk away. This is an excellent choice for families with older kids.
Rotorua is the most popular family holiday destination in the North Island. One of the things that makes it great for families is the large number of hotels with geothermal heated pools.
Families Often Ask
Which Family hotel in Rotorua has the best pool?
Millenium Hotel, Rydges Hotel, Distinction Hotel, and Novotel all have great pools that families will enjoy.
Which Family Hotels in Rotorua have a great view?
Novotel Lakeside, and Rydges Rotorua are family hotels with great views.
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