Here are some suggestions for rainy day activities in Rotorua. There are a range of activities to choose from whatever the weather.
Find the Aquatic Centre at 18 Tarewa Road. Suitable for all the family with a large outdoor heated pool and two heated indoor pools, one of these is designed specifically for children. There is also a heated indoor lazy river and heated indoor spas for relaxing in on a rainy day.
Situated on the corner of Pukuatua and Ranolf Streets, this is New Zealand's only geothermal public park. It is also the location of one of Rotorua's popular local markets. On Saturday morning rain or shine, you will find fresh vegetables, a variety of local cooked food and many more stores. While you are there, walk around the park and view the geothermal activity, often it is more interesting on a rainy day. Mud pools, hot springs and free thermal foot baths are all on offer. Please stay on the footpaths and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
Located at 366 Te Ngae Road, this is New Zealand's largest indoor entertainment mall. With a variety of activities under one roof, no need to worry about the weather! It is especially suitable for the whole family on a rainy day. Activities include Mini Golf, Laser Tag, Tenpin Bowling, Escape Masters to name a few.
Walk in Redwoods
Find some short walks, about 2 kilometres, suitable for the whole family, especially young children. Park at the Redwoods i-Site and Visitors Centre on Longmile Road to get maps and brochures about the various walks. Or just follow the popular marked tracks for short walks amongst the beautiful Redwood trees. On a rainy day these large trees provide shelter and with the well draining soil the tracks are not often very muddy. There is something special about this forest on a wet day. Enjoy the smell and the colours of this beautiful forest.
Another great way to enjoy your day in the wet weather is to relax in the geothermal mineral water in private spa pools or outside pavilion pools which you share with other visitors. You will be able to choose between different temperatures of water and also pools with warm water from two different springs. There is also an inside family pool with a small slide for younger children. There are also a variety of day spa therapies including mud massages, aromatherapy and facials. Relax and enjoy.
In Queen's Drive, Government Gardens you will find this popular 1930's heritage building. The large original pool is now covered over and used for functions. The original Juvenile Pool is geothermally heated to about 31 degrees, suitable for the whole family to swim in. There are also two warmer soak pools on the side of the large pool, the perfect place for adults to sit and watch their children swiming. There are no lifeguards so own supervision is required.
Rotorua has two movie theatres.
Reading Cinemas Rotorua, 1281 Eruera Street. This is a 5-screen cinema complex. Plenty of movies for all the family to enjoy. The Basement Cinema, Hinemoa Street. Described as "Rotorua's answer to alternative cinema" the cinema is small with large, comfortable seating. Enjoy a coffee or a drink while watching an alternative movie.
Places to Eat
There are many cafes to choose from in and around the city. The Rotorua Central Mall has a food court serving a variety of different foods. Or you could head a short distance from town towards Lake Rotorua on Tutanekai Street to "Eat Streat". This is a unique dining street with thermal underground heating and a covered central walkway. Choose from a variety of restaurants and cafes, a great place to relax at the end of the day.