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Public Places & Spaces

Need a quiet space to unwind? A secret hideaway from the restless kids? How about a little spot of nature or a picnic-perfect park?
 
Lots of public places and spaces are easily accessible in Rotorua, and most are free. From the recently renovated (and caffeinated!) Te Aka Mauri Rotorua Library, to Sulphur Bay Wildlife Refuge, to many of our 18 lakes. Don’t forget our most-loved Whakarewarewa Forest, the geothermal Kuirau Park in the heart of town, and the rolling, tree-lined hills of Centennial Park. Such perfect antidotes if you’ve been on the go.
 
The listings below will provide you with some great ideas and many won’t cost a thing! 
 

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Government Gardens

Public Places & Spaces, Central

Location: Hinemaru Street, Rotorua

Neil Hunt Park

Public Places & Spaces, Central

Located 5 minutes drive from central Rotorua, Neil Hunt Park serves the local communities sport's and recreational needs.

Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri

Public Places & Spaces, Central

Come relax with your favorite book or learn something new. There's something for everyone at the local Rotorua Library.

Kaharoa Kokako Track

Public Places & Spaces, Central

This track offers a great opportunity to hear the enchanting dawn chorus of the kōkako.

Kuirau Park

Public Places & Spaces, Central

Check out the natural boiling, bubbling and steaming geothermal action throughout Kuirau Park, New Zealand’s only geothermal public park. It's free to visit and located within an easy walk from the city centre, just off Pukuatua and Ranolf streets. 

Boyes Beach & Park

Public Places & Spaces, Central

Location: Millar Road, Lake Ōkareka

Guy Roe Reserve

Public Places & Spaces, Central

A popular location for fishing, picnics and boat activities.

Centennial Park

Public Places & Spaces, Central

Situated on the slopes of Tihi-o-tonga in Rotorua south.

Rotorua Lakefront

Public Places & Spaces, Central

Rotorua Lakefront is a must do for all visitors to our region. Enjoy surreal morning views and epic sunset's over a pearl-like water reflections.

Hinehopu Reserve

Public Places & Spaces, Central

Location: Tamatea Street

Hemo Gorge Trail - Te Ara Ahi

Public Places & Spaces, Central

Hemo Gorge Trail is two-way, Grade 2, shared trail that takes cyclists and walkers off SH5 for access to the Waipa Mountain Biking car park. It is part of the Te Ara Ahi cycleway that continues to Rainbow Mountain. The trail is 1.5km from the Te Puia carpark to the Waipa car park (actual trail length to Waipa trailhead: 1.5km).

Pohaturoa Track

Public Places & Spaces, Central

Enjoy a 8km walk with a medium difficulty through different strands of pine tree. Great hike for an active family.