Walking and Tramping Rotorua

Walking and Tramping Rotorua


Walking and tramping is one of the best ways to see the amazing landscapes, beautiful wildlife and breath-taking scenery the Rotorua region is known for. So grab a pack, put your boots on and stretch those legs.

There are plenty of short walks and big treks to keep casual walkers and passionate hikers happy. Below are a handful of trails to plan a weekend around. 

Hongi’s Track
Pass through a forest of rimu, tawa, pukatea and rewarewa on Hongi’s 2.2km track. Once used by Ngapuhi warrior Hongi to transfer war canoes between the two lakes, this secluded track runs from Lake Rotoehu to Lake Rotoiti and with plenty of scenic spots along the way is a perfect short walk to take a picnic on.

Blue Lake Track
This short 5.5km track winds its way around the Blue Lake which is popular for swimming and skiing. The track is a full circle of the lake with two thirds through native bush and one third road and lakeside. Pack your togs for a dip afterwards.

Hamurana Springs Track
Wander amongst towering Californian Redwoods as you follow this 20 minute track up Hamurana stream to the deepest natural fresh water spring in NZ. Water from the Mamaku plateau stays underground for 70 years before resurfacing here. At the spring there’s a platform where you can look directly down into the spring and see the water pulsing from the ground.

Kaharoa Kokako Track
A wee 1.2km walk through lush native bush, the Kaharoa Kokako Track is a one-way walk to the Onaia Stream. It’s a great spot for a picnic, short day walk or just to chill out and listen to the dawn chorus of the native Kokako who call this part of NZ home.

Mt Ngongotaha Jubilee Track
This track is a true hidden gem. Found just minutes from Rotorua city, the Jubilee Track winds through unlogged native bush on its way up Mt Ngongotaha.  Along the way stop to admire the massive rata and rimu while enjoying the 2.4km walk to the summit.

The Tarawera Trail
New Zealand’s latest great walk. This one-way track runs from Te Wairoa to Te Rata Bay and makes the geothermal Hot Water Beach open to trampers for the first time. The 15km track is quite steep in sections and takes relatively fit walkers about four hours to complete. Once you’re there it’s possible to book a site to camp for the night and water taxis are available for drop off and pickups.

Western Okataina Walkway
A mixed use hiking and mountain biking walkway, the Western Okataina Walkway is 19km of winding track through native bush between Lake Okataina and Lake Okareka.  A great choice for a hefty full day walk.

Whirinaki Track
The premiere walking track in the Whirinaki Forest Park, this 2-5 day hike has plenty of cool huts and places to stay as you take your time soaking in the scenery of this untouched natural wilderness reserve. See some of NZ’s tallest trees, rare birds and stunning scenery.

Whirinaki Waterfalls Track
This four hour, 9.3km, easy loop track follows the Whirinaki River through the ancient podocarp forest. Along the way you’ll find some amazing spots to enjoy the sound and power of the river and come across the Whirinaki Waterfall too.

For info on more walks and treks around Rotorua visit doc.govt.nz.