Walking & Hiking

Nature lovers who love to get around on foot, find great delight in the dozens of trails through beautiful forests and around tranquil lakes
 
Call in to see the friendly staff at either of our i-SITE locations for information on trails, as well as camping sites, huts and other great attractions, or speak to a Department of Conservation (DOC) consultant, located at our Fenton Street i-SITE.

Download and save the PDF guide for Walking and hiking in Rotorua here:
Walking and hiking in Rotorua (PDF) or check out these 10 wonderful walks
 
Tarawera Trail is a fan favourite. This 15-kilometre advanced tramping track has everything from bridges and natural springs, to native bush and gorgeous views of two lakes. At the end, your efforts will be rewarded with a natural hot water beach, so make sure to include your swim suit when you pack your backpack.
 
If the return trip by foot is too daunting, pre-book a water taxi to take you back to the start.

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Lake Tikitapu

Walking & Hiking, East

Lake Tikitapu, affectionately known as Blue Lake, is a local favourite and well known to regular visitors to Rotorua.

Foris Eco-tours

Walking & Hiking

Foris Eco-tours offers guided tours of the spectacular Whirinaki Forest and Rotorua's premium rafting adventure down the gorgeous Rangitaiki River. Choose guided hiking or combined river and guided walking options.

Hamurana Springs Nature Reserve

Walking & Hiking

Discover the beauty of Hamurana Springs at your own pace or be guided by a descendant of the Ngāti Rangiwewehi people who first migrated to the area in the mid-1300s. Enjoy the stunning natural elements and cultural stories that make this such a magical place.

Hinehopu Reserve

Walking & Hiking, East

At the eastern end of Lake Rotoiti is Hinehopu Reserve, well-known for shoreline fishing.

Kuirau Park

Walking & Hiking

Check out the natural boiling, bubbling and steaming geothermal action throughout Kuirau Park, New Zealand’s only free geothermal public park!

Lake Ōkāreka Walkway

Walking & Hiking

Lake Ōkāreka is popular with water skiers, swimmers, boaties and walkers.

Lake Ōkataina

Walking & Hiking

Lake Ōkataina is closed for one month effective from October 1st 2023. The name Ōkataina means "The lake of laughter", a shortened form of the original name Te Moana-i-kataina-a-Te Rangitakaroro.

Lake Rotoiti

Walking & Hiking

Lake Rotoiti is one of the three largest lakes in the Rotorua region. Surrounded by lush native bush, it also features glow worm caves and a secluded hot pool complex. 

Lake Rotokākahi (Green Lake)

Walking & Hiking

Rotokākahi means "the lake of the shellfish kakahi". Locals also refer to the lake as the Green Lake.

Lake Rotomā

Walking & Hiking

Lake Rotomā means "lake of exceptionally clear water". The lake currently has the best water quality of all the Rotorua lakes.

Totally Tarawera

Walking & Hiking

Guided cultural and geothermal tours to Te Rātā Bay and Hot Water Beach, including a natural hot pool soak.

Mt Kakaramea (Rainbow Mountain) Summit Track

Walking & Hiking

A 2.5km walk or mountain bike ride to the top of Mt Kakaramea rewards you with breathtaking 360° views.