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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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Quarry Lookout Track

Walking & Hiking, 中央

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

Lake Ōkāreka

Walking & Hiking, 中央

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.

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.

Adventure Games Rotorua

Walking & Hiking, 中央

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.

Sulphur Bay Wildlife Refuge

Walking & Hiking, 中央

Explore an amazing geothermal area where threatened bird populations make their home.

Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park - The Hidden Valley

Walking & Hiking, South

Situated just 45 minutes south of Rotorua and nestled on the shores of Lake Ohakuri lies the hidden valley of Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park.

Hinehopu Reserve

Walking & Hiking, East

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

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.

Lake Ōkareka Walkway

Walking & Hiking, 中央

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

Tarawera Trail

Walking & Hiking, East

The 15km Tarawera Trail is a beautiful native bush walk that follows the contour of Lake Tarawera to the popular Te Rātā Bay and Hot Water Beach.

Whakarewarewa Forest and Redwoods Walking Trails

Walking & Hiking, South

The Whakarewarewa Forest or Redwoods walking trails all start at the Redwoods i-SITE, where you can pick up a map before heading to explore the forest walks.

Rotorua Lakefront

Walking & Hiking, 中央

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