Discover Rotorua in Autumn

Discover Rotorua in Autumn

1 Tarawera Trail

The 15km Tarawera Trail begins begins just south of The Buried Village and ends at Lake Tarawera’s Hot Water Beach where you can reward yourself with a relaxing soak in a lake edge hot pool. Pre-booked camping is available at Hot Water Beach and the Lake Tarawera Water Taxi  service is available to transport you to or from the beach to Lake Tarawera Landing.

2 Te Ara Ahi Cycle Trail

If you like to use your legs for cycling, the 47km Te Ara Ahi Cycle Trail takes you through the spectacular geothermal areas around Rotorua, past bubbling mud pools and steaming vents. There are three sections to choose from or you can conquer the trail in one session or in two easier days. This is the perfect way to experience the fresh autumn air.

3 Lake Okareka Boardwalk

Enjoy the peaceful boardwalk of the Lake Okareka Walkway, a 2.5km track that winds around the edge of one of Rotorua’s smaller lakes, Lake Okareka. Take in picturesque views of bush laden hills, native forest and farmland as you stroll through the wetlands. Observe a variety of bird life including Canadian Geese, White-faced Herons, Paradise ducks and more from the birdwatching hide. The buggy friendly boardwalk makes this a great option for families with young children.

Lake okareka boardwalk rotorua

4 Sulphur Bay

Sulphur Bay is an alien landscape right here on earth. Wild and barren, mud pools and steam vents provide a constant source of activity. Also a wildlife refuge, the warmth and proximity to feeding grounds appeal to 60 differenbt bird species. The Nature Heritage Trail  leads you from the Rotorua Lakefront to Sulphur Bay highlighting key areas of interest and birdlife along the way.

5 Hamurana Springs

Hamurana Springs is famous for its crystal clear water that emanates from the ground and flows into Lake Rotorua. Towering California Redwoods line the 20 minute track following the stream to the deepest natural fresh water spring in New Zealand.

6 Centennial Park

Cenntenial Park consists of 20 hectares of rolling rural land with the entance located on Mokoia Drive heading up the hill to Tihiotonga. Originally established as a memorial garden with trees planted in honour of loved ones, now the spectacular autumn colours in the rustic and natural setting are quite impressive.

7 Get Married

Why not make your visit to Rotorua TRULY memorable! As a sought after destination for couples looking to tie the knot, a Rotorua wedding in autumn takes advantage of the lower rates offered outside of the peak season.  Here are 4 more reasons to consider an autumn wedding and the photos are gorgeous!

get married in rotorua in autumn

8 Rotorua Night Markets

Wrap up and head down to the heart of the city on Tutanekai Street for Rotorua's Thursday Night Market. This super popular market serves up all the best in ethnic cuisine. Be entertained by local musicians, browse boutique stalls of arts, crafts and produce. Weather permitting the Market runs from 5pm to 9pm. Follow the Rotorua Market page on Facebook.

9 The Social Room

Recently opened The Social Room is located on the top floor of The Blue Baths in the Government Gardens. The roof deck is a great place to relax on a sunny day and sheltered from the autumn wind. Experience the Queen Connie High Tea as you listen to talented pianist Selwyn Wright play the baby grand on loan from St Faith's Church in Ohinemutu.

10 SPA indulgence

As the weather starts to cool, there is no better place to relax and unwind than Rotorua. With a range of spa and wellness therapies to indulge in, you won't ever want to leave.

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