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20 BEST Family Accommodations in Rotorua šŸ‘Ŗ [2024]

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Where to Find the Best Child-Friendly Accommodations in Rotorua

Keeping the little ones entertained in Rotorua couldn’t be easier. Not only does the city offer a wealth of family-friendly attractions, but the hotels help keep the family holiday going with ease thanks to their children’s facilities, family rooms and entertainment like heated pools. We go over some of the best family accommodations in Rotorua to suit most budgets in this list of kid-friendly stays!

While you’re here, you might also be interested in The Guide to Rotorua for Families and the 20 Awesome Places to Visit in Rotorua.

1. Jet Park Hotel Rotorua – The Best Family Hotel in Rotorua

Featuring age-appropriate toys, books, cushions, Sky TV with kids’ channels and free WiFi, Jet Park Hotel Rotorua arguably has one of the best family rooms in Rotorua. Their “Family Suites” are fully tailored for a memorable family stay and provide plenty of space with a king bed in a separate bedroom and a queen bed in the lounge. Plus, children under 16 stay for free if using existing bedding. Facilities at Jet Park include family dining options, a kids’ play area, an outside playground, a swimming pool and more.

Check Jet Park Hotel Rotorua out:

Jet Park Hotel Rotorua© Jet Park Hotel Rotorua

2. Holdens Bay Holiday Park – Cheap Family-Friendly Holiday Park in Rotorua

When looking for cheap family accommodation in Rotorua, you can usually rely on the town’s fantastic array of holiday parks. One of the cheapest and highly rated is Holdens Bay Holiday Park. There’s a huge range of accommodation styles here, from tent and powered sites to basic family cabins with shared bathrooms to self-contained motel units. On top of all that, families are treated to an array of exciting shared facilities, such as an outdoor pool in summer, free indoor hot pools and an awesome kids’ playground. You have practical facilities too, such as a well-equipped kitchen and barbecue area and laundry facilities.

Check Holdens Bay Holiday Park out:

20 BEST Family Accommodations in Rotorua šŸ‘Ŗ [2023]© Holdens Bay Holiday Park

3. Rydges Rotorua – Rotorua Hotel Where Kids Stay and Eat Free

Kids stay and eat for free, making the Rydges Rotorua a great-value family accommodation in Rotorua. The hotel features a steamy outdoor pool, while kids have a place to burn off some of their own steam in the “Play Zone” with toys and entertainment for ages five to 13 years old. The buffet restaurant also has plenty of child-friendly food available. As for rooms, most layouts for families are two queen beds per room with an ensuite walk-in shower room. While the hotel is located a little out of town, it’s nearby the Whakarewarewa Redwoods Forest with a wealth of family-friendly walking and cycling trails to enjoy.

Check Rydges Rotorua out:

family accommodations rotorua© Rydges Rotorua

4. Arista of Rotorua – The Best Family Motel in Rotorua

A motel well worth considering, especially for families, is Arista of Rotorua on Fenton Street. Most rooms have been designed with families in mind as no room is less than 62m, while the “Family Mezzanine” and “Family Studio” sleep up to six and feature spacious living areas. Each unit even has a private spa pool to enjoy, while you’ll be sure to keep warm in the thermally heated rooms. Each unit also has a kitchenette to make use of while the kids play at the motel’s super playground!

Check Arista of Rotorua out:

Arista Motel of Rotorua© Arista Motel of Rotorua

5. Regal Palms Resort – Family Resort in Rotorua

The Regal Palms Resort, also on the famous “motel mile” of Fenton Street, has a collection of self-contained suites suitable for families. Each suite boasts the perfect balance of holiday treats and practicality with a private hot pool and either a kitchenette or full kitchen facilities. Guests also have access to a heated swimming pool, Sky TV, a DVD library, free WiFi, a children’s playground, a barbecue area, a mini-golf course, a sauna and a tennis court!

Check Regal Palms Resort out:

20 BEST Family Accommodations in Rotorua šŸ‘Ŗ [2023]© Regal Palms Resort

6. Fenton Court Motel

And the family motel accommodation keeps on coming on Fenton Street, this time at the Fenton Court Motel. Each motel room boasts a private spa bath and pool, a full kitchen, Sky TV and electric blankets to ensure a comfortable stay. The “Two-Bedroom Spa Bath” and “Spa Pool Units” are the most spacious option for families. See more accommodation like this in the 10 Best Motels in Rotorua.

Check Fenton Court Motel out:

Fenton Court Motel© Fenton Court Motel

7. Malones Spa Motel

If you’re looking for something a little more stylish on Fenton Street, then set your sights on the four-star Malones Spa Motel. The boutique accommodation features 20 rooms with cable TV with on-demand movies and basic kitchenette facilities. Most rooms also feature a private hot tub or plunge pool. There is a large garden area for kids to run around, while a golf course and spa centre provide more entertainment nearby.

Check Malones Spa Motel out:

Malones Spa Motel© Malones Spa Motel

8. Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua

Located on the shores of Lake Rotorua, Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua offers luxury accommodation and services for families. Indulge in one of the hotel’s spa treatments while the little ones are with one of the hotel’s babysitters. Enjoy family time together in the heated swimming pool. Your stay at Sudima will be made simple thanks to the “Family Rooms” with one king bed and two singles. See more stays like this in the 10 Best Luxury Accommodations in Rotorua.

Check Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua out:

Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua© Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua

9. Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park – The Best Holiday Park for Families in Rotorua

Located by the walking/biking trails and holiday hotspot of Blue Lake just outside of Rotorua, Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park offers a premium location for a family getaway. There’s really something for every tribe here between the ultra-cheap cabins with shared bathroom facilities and the fully self-contained motels. In true holiday park style, you have all of your usual kitchen, barbecue and bathroom area, while fun additions are the bouncy pillow, children’s playground, kayak hire, hot tub hire and “fun bikes” hire. For more camping accommodation, take a look at Where to Camp in Rotorua.

Check Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park out:

20 BEST Family Accommodations in Rotorua šŸ‘Ŗ [2023]© Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park

10. All Seasons Holiday Park

If you’re travelling by car or campervan and just want to get away from the bustle of the city centre then try the All Seasons Holiday Park. As well as camping accommodation, there are private rooms for families, from bungalows to studios to apartments. Enjoy the swimming pool, tennis court and nearby walks in Hannah’s Bay. Also, there’s free parking and WiFi!

Check All Seasons Holiday Park out:

20 BEST Family Accommodations in Rotorua šŸ‘Ŗ [2023]© All Seasons Holiday Park

11. Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park

Another budget-friendly stay on the outskirts of Rotorua, Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park has a great range of family accommodations to choose from. Although it’s about a 10-minute drive from the city centre, it is actually within walking distance to other Rotorua attractions like Te Puia and the Whakarewarewa Redwood Forest. What’s more, you can relax in their free on-site thermal pool surrounded by bush or battle it out in the games room! Check out more cheap stays in our 20 BEST Budget Accommodations in Rotorua.

Check Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park out:

20 BEST Family Accommodations in Rotorua šŸ‘Ŗ [2023]© Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park

12. BK’s Rotorua Motor Lodge – Cheap Family Motel in Rotorua

BK’s Rotorua Motor Lodge is one of the cheapest and best-rated motels in the city, so is well worth considering when looking for cheap family accommodation in Rotorua. The motel offers a range of suites, many of which are interconnecting, and all have kitchenette facilities. Conveniently, BK’s Rotorua is located by a supermarket and within a short walk of the city centre. For more stays with excellent self-catering facilities, take a look at the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Rotorua.

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20 BEST Family Accommodations in Rotorua šŸ‘Ŗ [2023]© BK's Rotorua Motor Lodge

13. Hideaway of Rotorua – Family Farmstay Motel in Rotorua

Hideaway of Rotorua might be out of town but it’s arguably closer to the action with Agrodome, Zorb, Wingspan and Skyline Rotorua nearby. The countryside lodge prides itself on being one of the most family (and pet) friendly accommodations in Rotorua and we couldn’t agree more! Between the motel-style units and apartments, there are four acres of parkland to explore with a children’s playground, picnic areas and farm animals.

Check Hideaway of Rotorua out:

20 BEST Family Accommodations in Rotorua šŸ‘Ŗ [2023]© Hideaway of Rotorua

14. The Willows – Luxury Family Holiday Home

Experience affordable lake-edge luxury with friends and family at this wonderful holiday home near Skyline Rotorua. The Willows is kitted out with a gorgeous garden, free use of kayaks, a spa pool and free WiFi, so there’s no risk of boredom here. As for sleeping arrangements, there are four bedrooms sleeping up to 12 guests, making it the ideal place for a family reunion.

Check The Willows out:

20 BEST Family Accommodations in Rotorua šŸ‘Ŗ [2023]© The Willows

15. Central Rotorua Beauty – Rotorua City Centre Family Holiday Home

If you’re looking for a more conveniently placed family holiday home in Rotorua, check out Central Rotorua Beauty. Within walking distance of the city centre shops and Kuirau Park, the location is a win, while the contemporary fixtures and furnishings of this cute cottage are just a delight. The holiday home has two bedrooms with two double beds and two sofa beds in the lounge, so there’s plenty of room to make the sleeping arrangements your own.

Check Central Rotorua Beauty out:

20 BEST Family Accommodations in Rotorua šŸ‘Ŗ [2023]© Central Rotorua Beauty

16. Silver Fern Rotorua ā€“ Accommodation & Spa – Rotorua Accommodation with Babysitting

Silver Fern Rotorua ticks all the boxes: family rooms and amenities such as spa pools/spa baths, electric blankets, baby equipment, room service breakfast and a day spa. The upscale motel can provide all you need for an effortless stay with young ones, including cots, child bedding, a high chair or buggy and they even have babysitters available.

Check Silver Fern Rotorua out:

20 BEST Family Accommodations in Rotorua šŸ‘Ŗ [2023]© Silver Fern Rotorua ā€“ Accommodation & Spa

17. Best Western Braeside Rotorua & Conference Centre

This resort-style accommodation features plenty to keep the whole family entertained, from a heated swimming pool to mini golf. The Best Western Braeside is tucked away on the leafy street just across the road from the Skyline Gondola. Rooms feature spacious kitchenettes so you can prepare your own family meals, while some rooms have luxurious features like private hot tubs, balconies and stream views.

Check Best Western Braeside out:

Best Western Braeside Rotorua & Conference Centre© Best Western Braeside Rotorua & Conference Centre

18. Arawa Park Hotel

Boasting some of the largest hotel rooms in Rotorua, Arawa Park Hotel is an excellent option for families. The “Family Room” has three queen beds at an affordable price, while the “Superior Twin” rooms with a rollaway bed are ideal for larger families. The hotel has free WiFi, as well as a large atrium dining hall serving a range of crowd-pleasers. We also rate this hotel in Where to Stay in Rotorua: 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua.

Check Arawa Park Hotel out:

family rooms rotorua© Rydges Rotorua

19. Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Families have plenty of options at the Millennium Hotel Rotorua near the city centre. “Superior Rooms”, “Superior Lakeview Rooms” and “Deluxe Rooms” all have the options for a double twin layout comfortably sleeping a family of three or four. Each room features WiFi and in-room entertainment, while guests also have access to a geothermally-heated swimming pool and a toddler pool. Want to check out more hotels? Head to our 10 Best Hotels in Rotorua.

Check Millennium Hotel Rotorua out:

Millennium Hotel Rotorua© Millennium Hotel Rotorua

20. [CLOSED] RotoVegas Motel of Rotorua

[Update: This motel is now an emergency housing venue in Rotorua and is no longer a tourist accommodation].

Stay in affordable family accommodation on Rotorua’s famous “Motel Mile” on Fenton Street. The Rotovegas Motel features colourful and characterful studios and apartments that stimulate the senses, with apartments sleeping up to six people and the Rotovegas House sleeping up to a whopping 20 people! Wherever you stay and however large your tribe, you’ll have access to a thermally-heated outdoor pool, hot room, games room with pool and table tennis, petanque and barbecue facilities.

More Family Accommodations in Rotorua

Now that you know the best family accommodations in Rotorua, check out what awesome things there are to do, as well as alternative accommodations:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Travel Guide to Rotorua on a Budget.


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About The Author

Laura S.

This article has been reviewed and published by Laura, the editor-in-chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Laura is a first-class honours journalism graduate and a travel journalist with expertise in New Zealand and South Pacific tourism for over 10 years. She also runs travel guides for five of the top destinations in the South Pacific and is the co-host of over 250 episodes of the NZ Travel Show on YouTube.

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