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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)
 
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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$119 NZD
Mt Tarawera Volcanic Crater Hike - Kaitiaki Adventures Aotearoa

Walking & Hiking, Central

Experience the unique landscape and history of Mt Tarawera. Infamous for its eruption on June 10th, 1886, Mt Tarawera created the world’s youngest geothermal valley of Waimangu.

$20 NZD
Hell's Gate Geothermal Park & Mud Spa

Walking & Hiking, Central

Hell’s Gate is Rotorua’s most active geothermal park and New Zealand’s only Mud Spa complex. Enjoy this thermal wonder land with our interactive guided or self-guided tour before relaxing in the geothermal muds and sulphur waters.

Kaharoa Kokako Track

Walking & Hiking, Central

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

Te Puia

Walking & Hiking, Central

Experience New Zealand's geothermal wonderland. Walk alongside a beautiful landscape of uncovered natural bush, mud pools and the majestic Pōhutu Geyser - the largest active geyser in the Southern Hemisphere.

$20 NZD
Redwoods Treewalk & Nightlights

Walking & Hiking, Central

Majestic and magical, the Redwoods Treewalk™ experience is truly a walk to remember. Suspended high above the forest floor, encounter 75-metre-tall Californian redwoods as you walk across eco-suspended bridges and platforms intricately designed to honour and accentuate the stunning natural environment.

Lake Ōkāreka

Walking & Hiking, Central

One of the smaller lakes in the Rotorua region, Lake Ōkāreka remains off the beaten path, tucked away off the main road accessing lakes Tikitapu and Tarawera.

Lake Rotoiti

Walking & Hiking, Central

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 Ōkareka Walkway

Walking & Hiking, Central

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

$11 NZD
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Walking & Hiking, Central

New Zealand's most colourful geothermal attraction is just a short drive from either Rotorua or Taupo. This is an area in which the landscape has been sculptured by geothermal activity and where unique volcanic features can be viewed from well defined tracks.

$25 NZD
Totally Tarawera

Walking & Hiking, Central

Guided cultural and geothermal tours to Te Rata Bay (Hot Water Beach) including a natural hot pool soak.

$30 NZD
Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park

Walking & Hiking, Central

A superbly presented New Zealand trout, bird & wildlife park along with a pride of African lions. Set amongst peaceful and well maintained native New Zealand bush.

Morning Lakes Tour

Walking & Hiking, Central

Get you Off The Beaten Track with Real Rotorua, whilst visiting the best locations and viewing points that Rotorua has to offer.