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The Best Walking Tracks in Rotorua

The Best Walking Tracks in Rotorua

Many of the Rotorua walking tracks take advantage of the abundance of unique natural scenery surrounding Rotorua, from native forest, fresh water springs, lakes, volcanoes, and geothermal activity.

Make the time to visit as many of these amazing Rotorua walking tracks as possible.

Here is a list of a few of the notable walking tracks in the area.

Rainbow Mountain Walking Track

Only a short drive south of Rotorua, explore an active geothermal mountain covered in coloured rocks and native plants that are unique to geothermal environments. Climb to the summit for a huge view over two crater lakes and red steaming cliffs.

This track up to the mountain summit is for more physically fit and experienced trampers. Expect this tramp to take 3 hours up to the summit.

Follow the link for more information and directions for the Rainbow Mountain Crater Lake Walk.

Okere Falls Walking Track

A well-formed bushwalk with numerous information panels along the track, interpreting the natural landscape and history of the area. The highlight of the track is the many scenic lookouts over the Kaituna River where you can watch rafters and kayakers make their way over the spectacular white water rapids. Depending on how much time you have you can make this walk longer or shorter. For the shorter 30 minute walk drive down to the bottom car park and walk upstream to Hinemoa's Steps where you will see rafters sweep over the 7m Tutea falls - the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world.

Follow the link for more information and directions for the Okere Falls Track.

Tarawera Falls Walking Track

This is a unique walk which will take you to the spectacular Tarawera Falls. Where rather than cascading of the top of a cliff, the water surges right out of the centre of a cliff face. The Tarawera Falls are fed by an underground river believed to have been formed from a volcanic eruption about 11,000 years ago. Accessibility for this walk is a small issue as you can only reach this track by boat across Lake Tarawera or via private forestry roads.

Follow the link for more information and directions for the Tarawera Falls Walking Track.

Tarawera Trail to Hot Water Beach Walking Track

Once devastated by the 1886 Tarawera eruption, the newly opened Tarawera Trail represents the revitalisation of the area. The completed track is the culmination of years of organisation and agreements between the Department of Conservation, local iwi and landowners. The Tarawera Trail is 15 km full day tramp which usually takes 5 - 7 hours depending on your speed and how many times you take a break. The trail follows the lake where possible with intermittent climbs through native bush land. You can break up the tramp by stopping at the lakes access points where you can enjoy a halfway picnic and use the toilet facilities. The trail ends at Hot Water Beach, where you can relax your tired feet in a natural geothermal hot pool dug into the sand, but be careful - localised patches of the beach can be very hot.

Follow the link for more information and directions for the Tarawera Trail.

Hamurana Springs Walking Track

Located a scenic 20 minute drive from the centre of Rotorua is the beautiful Hamurana Springs. A natural purified water spring it offers easy walking with beautiful scenic views throughout the whole stream-side walk, which passes through a grove of redwood. This track is a 20 minute short walk suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

Follow the link for more information and directions for the Hamurana Springs Track.

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Posted: Fri 13 Mar 2015

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