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Rotorua, New Zealand

Take a Ride

It’s no surprise that New Zealand has its share of unique theme parks. At the Rainbow’s End park in south Auckland, old favorites such as the log flume, roller coaster, and pirate ship keep kids occupied for hours.

Down country is a little more thrilling; in Rotorua kids can get inside a "zorb," a big rubber ball, and roll (or bounce) down a gentle hillside.

If that’s not enough, perhaps it’s time for the South Island’s SuperBowl Ride—a big funnel of water moving at five meters per second that you can ride on a two-person inflatable tube. SuperBowl is part of the thermal pools resort in the mountain town of Hanmer Springs, less than two hours from Christchurch.