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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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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.

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 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.

Redwoods Treewalk & Nightlights

Walking & Hiking, East

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

Mt Kakaramea (Rainbow Mountain) Summit Track

Walking & Hiking, Central

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

Real Rotorua

Walking & Hiking, Central

Experience the Real Rotorua with guided sight-seeing tours of the Rotorua area.

Kaharoa Kōkako Track

Walking & Hiking, North

This track offers a great opportunity to hear the enchanting dawn chorus of New Zealand's native kōkako birds.

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!

Rotorua Museum: Outside the Walls Historical Government Gardens Tours

Walking & Hiking, Central

Discover Rotorua's rich culture, volatile landscape and legendary figures in this must-do tour around the famous Rotorua Museum and Government Gardens.

Lake Rotorua

Walking & Hiking, Central

The largest of our region’s lakes, Rotorua is a volcanic caldera, formed from the crater of a large volcano.

Volcanic Air

Walking & Hiking, Central

From the experience of taking flight in a floatplane or helicopter, through to the thrill of exploring our stunning lakes district, vibrant geothermal reserves and remarkable volcanoes, Volcanic Air has an option for everyone.

Totally Tarawera

Walking & Hiking, Central

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