Rotorua, Walks & Parks

  • Rotorua - Hot Water Beach

    This beach on the southern shores of Lake Tarawera is only accessible by boat and there is a ferry that can take you across from Boat Shed Bay. Hot Water Beach is administered by the Department of Conservation. There is a self-registration, user pays, camping area on site and you can bathe in the hot mineral waters that are around 38 degrees, so take your swimsuit. There are toilets on site.

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    • Location: Lake Tarawera
  • Rotorua - Blue Lake Reserve

    The Blue Lake Reserve is an ideal place for a picnic and is very popular for water sports such as water-skiing, jet-skiing and power boat racing so there should be plenty to watch! The south side of the lake has good swimming beaches and there are toilets, a playground, BBQs, picnic tables and a boat ramp. A walk around the lake will take about one and a half hours. Please note dogs are not allowed in the playground and are only allowed around the walkway on a lead.

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    • Location: Tarawera Road
  • Rotorua - Kuirau Park

    This informal park of about 30 hectares is only about five minutes walk to the city centre and has playing fields, a refreshment kiosk, a fountain, a miniature steam railway and children’s play area. You can see boiling mud pools and hot steaming crater lakes in the park and the large garden area has an ornamental lake and geothermally heated foot pools where you can soak your tired feet! A walk throughout the park will take about 40 minutes.

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    • Location: Ranolf Street, Rotorua
  • Rotorua - Butcher’s Pool

    This free hot mineral pool has recently been upgraded. The mineral water is piped directly from an adjacent spring. As with all hot pools, it is advisable that you keep your head above water at all times to avoid the risk of contracting amoebic meningitis. Toilets and changing rooms are on-site.

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    • Location: Broadlands Road, 1.8 km south of Reporoa Village.
  • Rotorua Lakefront

    The reserve is very family orientated with attractions like the Volcanic Playground for the children and cruises around the lake. The Rotorua Walkway passes through the Lakefront Reserve, which is within walking distance of the city centre and is close to restaurants and cafes. The reserve often hosts activities like pony rides, amusements and craft markets. There are BBQs, toilets and picnic tables at the reserve. Please note that dogs are not allowed at the Lakefront Reserve.

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    • Location: Rotorua
  • Rotorua - Boyes Beach

    This is a popular destination during the summer months for swimming and picnicking. A short walkway connects the reserve to Steep Street Reserve. There are BBQs, picnic tables, toilets and a playground on the reserve.

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    • Location: Millar Road, Lake Okareka
  • Rotorua - Hamurana Reserve

    On the northern side of Lake Rotorua, Hamurana reserve has a freshwater spring and its huge trout make it very popular for shoreline fishing. The lake waters are shallow and provide safe swimming for children. There are picnic tables and a BBQ, a playground to keep the children amused and toilets.

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    • Location: Hamurana Road, Rotorua
  • Rotorua - Hannahs Bay

    This large, flat area lies between Rotorua airport and the shores of Lake Rotorua. There is an all mobility playground, horse bridle trial and a dog exercise area. The reserve has large open spaces for recreational activities and the beach is popular for swimming and windsurfing. There are toilets, BBQs and picnic tables.

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  • Rotorua - Hamurana Springs Track

    This easy walk will take you about twenty minutes one way and is a 15 to 20 minute drive from Rotorua central. Hamurana is famous for its beautiful crystal clear fresh water spring and surrounding the area is a variety of bird life. There are peaceful spots for a picnic after your walk.

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  • Rotorua - Waiotapu Thermal Track

    Only a 2 minute walk one way will take you to the bubbling hot pools where you can see steam and gases rising through the pools. Waiotapu is on the site of what was formerly the largest mud volcano in New Zealand. The track is suitable for all types of fitness and wheelchair access is also available.

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    • Location: 20 minutes south of Rotorua off SH5, turn left on Loop Road
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Our favourite destinations…

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Auckland

New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!

Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.

Christchurch

With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.

Queenstown

With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.

Rotorua

Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!

Northland

Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.