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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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Real Rotorua

Walking & Hiking, Central

See the largest display of glow worms in Rotorua. Real Rotorua takes you on a journey through waterfalls, wildlife and native forest, all under the cover of darkness.

Lake Tikitapu

Walking & Hiking, East

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

Morning Lakes Tour

Walking & Hiking, Central

Get off the beaten track with Real Rotorua whilst visiting the best locations and viewing points that Rotorua has to offer.

Real Rotorua Thermal Path Tour

Walking & Hiking, Central

Discover some of the city's off-the-beaten-track mud pools and best thermal areas. Dip your toes in or fully immerse yourself in our favourite hot springs .

aMAZEme

Walking & Hiking, North

aMAZEme is a 1.4km maze constructed from immaculately pruned, head-high escallonia hedge. Lose yourself (or the kids) in the endless spirals.

Buried Village of Te Wairoa

Walking & Hiking, East

New Zealand’s most-visited archaeological site where stories of the 1886 Mt Tarawera eruption come to life.

Foris Eco-tours

Walking & Hiking, Central

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

Walking & Hiking, Central

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 1300’s. Enjoy the stunning natural elements and cultural stories that make this such a magical place.

HeliBike Rotorua

Walking & Hiking, Central

Helicopter travel with adventure activities in New Zealand bush.

Hinehopu Reserve

Walking & Hiking, East

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

Kia Ora Guided Walks

Walking & Hiking, Central

A highly personal and entertaining tour through Rotorua city including the picturesque Government Gardens and Ohinemutu Māori Village. Take this opportunity to share our history, explore our land and most importantly to meet our people.

Kuirau Park - Geothermal Wonderland

Walking & Hiking, Central

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