Rotorua attractions stay open this Christmas

By Cherie Taylor

If you are visiting the city or looking for something special to do on Christmas Day then Rotorua is the place to be this festive season.

Nearly all  Rotorua's tourist attractions will be open tomorrow.

Skyline Rotorua will be open through out the day but the restaurant is fully booked with more than 600 people coming for  lunch and evening meals, said general manager Bruce Thomasen.

The luge will be operating, as well as the Sky Swing and Sky View with the new market kitchen cafe, he said.

"We are expecting between 2000-2500 people throughout the day ... People come down and burn off some energy. You get some people who will come out on Christmas Day and then you get everyone coming out Boxing Day.''

The place was normally pumping Christmas Day and from Boxing Day on staff were generally run off their feet, Mr Thomasen said.

At Rainbow Springs, visitors to the park could check out the trout and farm animals, the Kiwi Encounter, take in a guided tour of the wildlife park or just play with the children in the playground or take on the Big Splash, said marketing manager Toni Thompson.

Locals can use their locals' card for entry on Christmas Day, like every other day of the year.

Paradise Valley Springs has two lion cubs, Aleekah and Ayla, about 9-months-old, available for patting three times daily.

The wildlife park is open 365 days of the year and owner Stuart Hamlett said families could pack a picnic lunch and spend the day checking out the park.

The Agrodome will also be open offering three sheep shows daily and farm tours. Many other Rotorua attractions will also be open.

If you are looking for free activities to do and it's not raining _ why not check out one of the lakes around the region or one of the many walks?

Through the Redwoods, there are dozens of different trails of varying lengths and if you have a mountain bike it's perfect for biking.

Kuirau Park has a new children's playground and Government Gardens provides plenty of spots to share a picnic and throw a ball.

- Rotorua Daily Post

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