Are you wanting to make the most of your family time while visiting Rotorua - outside of paid attractions - but not sure where to start?

Because there's an awful lot of information out there to sift through. And working out what will suit the whole family. Opening times. Best way to get to each place. The logical progression. Whether you need to take anything. It goes on doesn't it?


You can, if you're prepared to get Lost in Rotorua. To make it a breeze for you I’ve created an eBook series of inexpensive, self-drive tour guides.

Lost in Rotorua self-drive family tour guides help you explore like never before.

Each guide sees you visiting 5 secret locations (secret from you that is, you'll see why shortly) taking in rumbling thermal activity, swift flowing rivers, places where you can slip back in time, playgrounds for the kids, and more.

Skip down to see exactly what you get in the guide >>

First, a quick note...
The idea for the Lost in Rotorua series came about in part due to a somewhat similar type of experience I once had. It was while visiting Europe with my daughter Elise, for her 21st birthday.

One of the things I wanted to do was travel return from Rome to Naples (226km) to visit Mt Vesuvius (like we don’t have volcanoes here), and from there to Pompeii - in one day. It was a nightmare trying to figure it out.

Help came in the form of a generous angel fellow traveller. From her I received detailed step-by-step instructions and out of that completed the day in about 15hrs.

She had us catching this intercity train before the crack of dawn (don't worry, I won't do that to you), change over to this local train that was located along this corridor, around that corner after first finding this sign, head out of the station on arrival, look to the left, locate this place…. It was Magic! Exhausting but magic nevertheless.

We felt like we were starring in our very own Da Vinci Code movie. And that’s what I want for you and your family! To be the stars in your very own Da Vinci Code movie - and of course it has to have a twist.


The whole purpose then is to explore unforgettable places in Rotorua while experiencing an atmosphere of intrigue mixed with mystery, having fun, and leaving with lasting impressions of magic and mayhem that your family will laugh about for many years to come. You know, those nostalgic, “Remember when…” moments every family has. Sigh! Don’t you love those?

That feeling? It can't be found in your average tour guide or itinerary, and so, these Lost in Rotorua guides will provide the ideas and prompts to set the scene for your movie.

How does that work?

I'm so glad you asked.

It starts by leaving the watch behind and slipping into Rotorua time - yes, just like Fiji time - kicking back and letting the kids get to work.

You say, “Whatcha talkin’ ‘bout, Willis?” (As Gary Coleman of the old TV show Different Strokes fame often said.)

I say, “Seriously, let the kids get to work. They will become official Rotorua Travel Secrets Tour Guides for the day.” (Depending on age and reading ability, you will most likely have to help younger members of your family - without helping if you get my meaning. The locations are supposed to be a surprise for you.)

Imagine the delight on those small faces and the sparkling eyes when you’re wowed by their next surprise location - unknown to you of course, wink, wink.

Tell you what, when I first came up with the idea for these guides those faces are what I pictured. That and the joy that you, as a parent, will get out of seeing your child or children happy.

They will feel so important, and so proud, and if they didn’t already have plenty of confidence this would surely be a great way to instil some. There’s nothing like a sense of responsibility for showing your family a good time to make you feel grown up.

As for you? Well, like I said, you get to kick back (mostly, there is some preparation). There will be no need to wonder how to occupy young minds, no constant “are we there yet” comments from the back seat and best of all, you won’t have to scour the web working out where to go, what to do and how to do it. It’s all done for you.

And, if you avoid the temptation of reading through the material, you truly will be surprised, that’s why there’s no mention of the actual locations. Ergo, Lost in Rotorua. The secrecy, if at all possible, is all for you. The titles hint at where you will go but that’s all. Now is that cool or what?

And if you're familiar with Rotorua and find you have been to some of the locations already, you can still play the game for your kiddy’s sake. Most important.


Lost in Rotorua tour guides is a series of downloadable PDF eBooks that can be printed off if you want hard copies, or accessed via your phone or other similar device. Each eBook (between 20-25pgs) contains:

  • Written directions: A step by step guide to easily move from one location to the next

  • Maps: Directional lines and word bubble location details

  • Landmarks: To get your bearings on your journey to find the five secret locations (all mentioned on my website by the way)

  • Fun family activities: Questions, games to run off excess energy - yes, yours too - and a photo competition

  • Titbits: Information the kids will share with the family

  • Approximate Total Distance & Travelling Times
    Edge of Urban: 3.3km+, 23min
    Loop the Lake: 90.9km, 1h:43min
    Southern Drift'n: 63.3km, 60min

  • Approximate Total Duration of Activities
    Edge of Urban - 3h:45m - 4h:10m
    Loop the Lake - 2h:20m - 3h:45m
    Southern Drift'n - 2h:30min - 3h:15min

Approximations are itemised in the eBooks.


There's nothing to lose. If you change your mind about your purchase within 30 days for any reason whatsoever, I will refund your money in full - you can always hunt me down by asking around if you have any problems. ;)


Purchase any Kids Edition of Lost in Rotorua for $10 right now and you’ll also receive another lasting record of your visit.

A Lost in Rotorua Travel & Activity Journal for the kids. I know, right? That came out of left-field for me too. It’s a 14pg, tour specific, double-sided printable that folds into a booklet containing:

  • pages for journalling and freehand drawing
  • 2 colouring in pages
  • a crossword
  • a word search
  • a maze

Now that should keep young ones occupied while out for dinner (if they're not falling head-in-plate asleep), or at your accommodation. And think of school reports. Done by default. You're welcome. :)

Decision time. Grab a copy now to begin creating your family movie.

Lost in Rotorua Tour Guides

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The second email will be your purchase receipt.

Let me know if you have any questions about the guides before purchasing. Ordering problems? Don't worry, I'm only an email away.

Got a brilliant idea for creating more value for visitors to Rotorua? I'd love to hear about that as well.

Lost in Rotorua FAQ

Where are the secret locations?
Nice try.

Do I get any instructions?
Yes you do. It will be available as a separate downloadable PDF document.

There are not many photos in my eBook. Why not?

Is there a way to do these tours without a vehicle?
You could always walk the Edge of Urban tour but I don't know that children would cope, it would make the day too long. You could always pick and choose what to do out of the tour though. With the other two tours, it's a no, sorry. No buses travel these routes, let alone stop at the locations.

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