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Tech Savvy Ideas to Help Your Kids Explore Rotorua

Tech Savvy Ideas to Help Your Kids Explore Rotorua

Facebook/Tweet: Tap into your child’s hunger for technology & combine their digital skills with real-world experiences in #RotoruaNZ these #schoolholidays

ROTORUA, 21 September 2015: Do you want to spend time with your kids but find you are competing with iPads, tablets, mobile devices and on-demand media? A trip to Rotorua this school holidays could be the clever parenting solution you’re looking for.

The popular destination provides countless opportunities to combine technology and the great outdoors.

So instead of arguing over time spent on iPads, smart phones and other mobile devices, try using technology to your family’s advantage to create – and record – amazing holiday memories.

Rotorua offers some of the best family activities in New Zealand. And when you combine the city’s cultural, historical and environmental attractions, you can create a living classroom to teach yourkids almost anything – especially how to have fun!

Try using technology, a little imagination and some flair to explore these five Rotorua highlights:

1. AmazeMe – Download a pedometer onto your smart phone and see who can reach the middle of this circular puzzle in the least amount of steps. Track your time and heart rate as you race around this 1.4km hedge maze.

2. Buried Village – Bring history to life using your iPad at New Zealand’s most popular archaeological site. Explore what remains after Mt Tarawera’s violent 1886 eruption and google more information about the Pink and White Terraces or other artefacts you see before you.

3. Zorb – Research Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation while your family take turns hurtling themselves downhill in a real life physics lesson. Use your smart phone or device to record video footage and track how fast you slip, slide and roll your way to the bottom inside the inflatable Zorb globe.

4. Rainbow Springs – Get your children to pick their favourite animal at this conservation park and use their device to discover more about them. See kiwi, tuatara, lizards, frogs, wild trout, other fish, eels and dozens of native birds. Take pictures and see who can uncover the most unusual fact.

5. Redwoods - Download a smart compass app to help navigate your way through the spectacular redwoods in the Whakarewarewa Forest. Pit technology against your old-fashioned sense of direction to see who can reach a certain point on the map first and learn what orienteering is all about.

Taking technology on holiday with you is a great way to engage your kids and experience popular attractions in a whole new light. Try encouraging them to turn your holiday snaps and video footage into an online presentation which they can then take back to school to show their teachers and friends.

Rotorua is an easy 2.5hr drive from Auckland and just a short drive or flight from other main centres these school holidays. For more ideas on local activities visit


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