18 Apr Rotorua – for the Well Travelled Family
Family holidays are best when there’s a little something for everyone.
And with its action and adventure activities, ancient thermal wonders, rich culture, sparkling lakes and ‘Dinosaur’ forest, Rotorua really does have it all…
Pamper or Pedal
Send the boys out to play and enjoy a girls’ afternoon at Rotorua’s world-class Day Spa, Polynesian Spa.
While they’re off mountain biking through the famed Whakarewarewa Redwood Forest (braving exciting downhill trails in Gravity Park, weaving through stands of ancient Redwood trees, or perhaps even joining in a Jump Class to nail their first ever Tabletop)… you can soak in the lakefront all-natural mineral pools, then indulge in one of Polynesian Spa’s sublime beauty treatments – we love their full body mud masque, which uses ingredients such as organic lime flower, pure manuka honey, and rich volcanic mud. End your ‘us time’ with a gourmet platter and a glass of bubbles (or if you‘re feeling virtuous, maybe an Ayurvedic tea or green smoothie).
Awaken the Spirit
Nowhere is the Maori culture more alive than in Rotorua, where ancient traditions are proudly upheld and showcased. As with everything we do, we want you to experience the Maori culture in a truly authentic and personal way – far from the commercial attractions and throngs of crowds.
Let us arrange a very special cultural immersion that allows you to live and be part of the culture, not have it ‘performed’ for you. Participate in ancient rituals and customary practices, speak the beautiful language, discover the fascinating and important history of the Maori people, and dine on indigenous cuisine. Feel the warmth of Manaakitanga – the generous, embracing hospitality for guests (manuhiri) that is a hallmark of the Maori culture.
Photography by Adam Bryce, via Tourism New Zealand
Photography by Fraser Clements, via Tourism New Zealand
Rotorua Great Lakes
Sparkling jewels in Rotorua’s crown are her 18 (yes, eighteen!) lakes. Spend a sunny day swimming and picnicking, go kayaking or paddle boarding, relax in a steaming hot thermal pool, cruise aboard a traditional paddle steamer or take a private tour on a luxury catamaran, get amped on the sport of wake-boarding, fish for trophy trout, discover steaming, bubbling crater lakes, or go white water rafting…
Rotorua’s myriad of lakes and the rivers that feed them play a starring role in days filled with family fun and magical memories.
Image via Pure Cruise
Photography by Vaughan Brookfield, via Tourism New Zealand
Photography by James Heremaia, via Tourism New Zealand
After each fabulous day out in the playground that is Rotorua, New Zealand, come home to luxury, superb cuisine and attentive personal service. Two of our favourite luxury accommodations in the region are Solitaire Lodge and Treetops Estate. While Solitaire Lodge is perched on the edge of Lake Tarawera, gazing out across the deep blue lake to the volcano of the same name, Treetops is nestled in 2,500 acres of 800-year old native forest (with rivers, waterfalls and wilderness to explore).
Solitaire Lodge, on the edge of Lake Tarawera
We could write an entire Travel Journal entry on the experiences on offer at these special properties, but here’s just one of our favourites – wilderness waterfall dining at Treetops Lodge.
A short walk through native forest takes you to a natural rock platform below the beautiful Bridal Veil waterfall. The champagne is cooling in the crystal-clear natural swimming hole, and your Chef is already here, preparing your five-course and completely Estate-to-Plate dinner. (The kids are back at your luxury suite, enjoying a movie and delicious dinner, with the company of a professional Nanny for the evening.)