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.

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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, Central

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.

Pohaturoa Track

Walking & Hiking, Central

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

$34 NZD
Skyline Rotorua Luge and Gondola

Walking & Hiking, North

Skyline Rotorua is an all-weather attraction, and is open every day of the year. Operating hours are from 9am daily until end of restaurant operations each night.

Lake Ōkareka Walkway

Walking & Hiking, Central

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

$17 NZD
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.

$119 NZD
Mount Tarawera Volcanic Crater Hike - Kaitiaki Adventures Aotearoa

Walking & Hiking, Central

Experience the unique landscape and history of Mount Tarawera, famous for its eruption on June 10, 1886, which created the world’s youngest geothermal valley of Waimangu.

Adventure Games Rotorua

Walking & Hiking, 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.

Hinehopu Reserve

Walking & Hiking, East

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

Rotorua Lakefront

Walking & Hiking, 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.

$35 NZD
Whakarewarewa - The Living Māori Village

Walking & Hiking, Central

Home of the Tuhourangi, Ngati Wahiao (Māori sub tribes) people and located on a geothermal plateau, Whakarewarewa village is New Zealand’s oldest continuous Māori tourism experience’s pre-dating the world famous Pink & White Terraces.

Quarry Lookout Track

Walking & Hiking, Central

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