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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Te Puia

Walking & Hiking

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.

Mt Ngongotahā Nature Loop Track

Walking & Hiking, North

Mount Ngongotahā is a volcanic dome that sits 757 metres above sea level and overlooks the city of Rotorua.

Lake Ōkareka Walkway

Walking & Hiking

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

Lake Okataina

Walking & Hiking

The name Okataina means "The lake of laughter", a shortened form of the original name Te Moana-i-kataina-a-Te Rangitakaroro.

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.

Kaitiaki Adventures - Crater Walks on Mount Tarawera

Walking & Hiking

Multi-award winning Kaitiaki Adventures is passionate about continually providing world-class adventure tourism experiences in Rotorua. They love to share Aotearoa’s stunning environment, history and unique Māori culture, all the while infusing your experience with the warm and caring manaakitanga (hospitality) Rotorua is renowned for.

Adventure Games Rotorua

Walking & Hiking

Adventure Games Rotorua gets your team out and about, working together to solve an exciting mystery. You’ll love the challenge of solving the puzzles and clues, at the same time learning something about local history, culture and nature. Developed by Escapade – NZ's best rated escape room business.

Hinehopu Reserve

Walking & Hiking, East

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

Rotorua Lakefront

Walking & Hiking

Walking, running or cycling along the Rotorua lakefront is a great way to enjoy the outdoors in a beautiful setting.

Whakarewarewa - The Living Māori Village

Walking & Hiking

Home of the Tuhourangi and Ngāti Wahiao people and located on a geothermal plateau, Whakarewarewa Village is New Zealand’s oldest continuous Māori tourism experience, even pre-dating the world-famous Pink and White Terraces.

Quarry Lookout Track

Walking & Hiking

Enjoy a 4.8 km walk through the thick forest of Redwoods. Requires a reasonable level of fitness and sturdy footwear.

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.