Public Places & Spaces

Need a quiet space to unwind? A secret hideaway from the restless kids? How about a little spot of nature or a picnic-perfect park?
Lots of public places and spaces are easily accessible in Rotorua, and most are free. From the recently renovated (and caffeinated!) Te Aka Mauri Rotorua Library, to Sulphur Bay Wildlife Refuge, to many of our 18 lakes. Don’t forget our most-loved Whakarewarewa Forest, the geothermal Kuirau Park in the heart of town, and the rolling, tree-lined hills of Centennial Park. Such perfect antidotes if you’ve been on the go.
The listings below will provide you with some great ideas and many won’t cost a thing! 

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Adventure Games Rotorua

Public Places & Spaces, Central

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.

Whakarewarewa Forest (the Redwoods) Mountain Biking

Public Places & Spaces, South

Whakarewarewa Forest, also known as the Redwoods, is a mecca for mountain bikers, with more than 180km of trails winding their way through native and exotic forest.

Lake Tikitapu

Public Places & Spaces, East

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

Sulphur Bay Wildlife Refuge

Public Places & Spaces, Central

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

Rotorua Lakefront

Public Places & Spaces, Central

Rotorua Lakefront is a must do for all visitors to our region. Enjoy surreal morning views and epic sunset's over a pearl-like water reflections.

Pohaturoa Track

Public Places & Spaces, Central

Enjoy a 8km walk with a medium difficulty through different strands of pine tree. Great hike for an active family.

Neil Hunt Park

Public Places & Spaces, Central

Located 5 minutes drive from central Rotorua, Neil Hunt Park serves the local communities sport's and recreational needs.

Lake Tarawera

Public Places & Spaces, Central

One of the largest lakes in New Zealand, the picturesque Lake Tarawera (meaning ‘burnt spear’), is a firm favourite with boaties, and famous for the size and condition of its rainbow trout.

Lake Ōkareka Walkway

Public Places & Spaces, Central

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

Lake Ōkāreka

Public Places & Spaces, 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.

Kuirau Park

Public Places & Spaces, Central

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

Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri

Public Places & Spaces, Central

Come relax with your favorite book or learn something new. There's something for everyone at the local Rotorua Library.