If you're looking for the top things to do in Rotorua all for free then you're in luck! With so much to see and do in Rotorua you'll be spoilt for choice. Here's our top five to get you started:
- Mountain Biking
- Blue Lake Track
- Kuirau Park
- Government Gardens
- Okere Falls
1. Mountain bike through the Redwoods
Rotorua is New Zealand’s mountain biking mecca, and, provided you bring your own bike, the region’s world-class tracks don’t cost a thing to ride. We highly recommend the Whakarewarewa Trails – Red Bull recently rated them the best in the Southern Hemisphere. Weaving through native ferns and forest, beneath soaring canopies of Californian Redwood Trees, these trails were built by mountain bikers, for mountain bikers!
Photo: Beautiful scenes and hidden spots can be found whilst Mountain Biking in the Redwoods Forest
2. Hike Lake Tikatapu (Blue Lake)
During the summer months, an incredible day hike is the Lake Tikatapu loop track (Blue Lake) about 10 minutes drive from Taupo. The lake itself lies within a volcanic crater and it's a bright blue colour – perfect for a dip to cool off! The track is a 5.5km easy-going loop, suitable for all fitness levels (including families).
3. Stroll Kuirau Park
Rotorua’s bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and hissing steam vents are world famous, but you generally have to pay to see impressive examples of them. Not at Kuirau Park! A public park located minutes from Rotorua’s city centre - the park is home to numerous tracks leading to energetic areas of geothermal activity – a great way to get a geothermal fix all for free!
4. Government Gardens
Set right on the edge of Lake Rotorua is the Government Gardens, a place where many battles took place between Maori back in the early days. Today, it's home to a gorgeous rose garden and manicured lawns. Soak up the scenery with a picnic lunch overlooking the historic Musuem that is currently getting maintenance done after damages in an earthquake.
Photo: The Government Gardens are an awesome free place to hang out and enjoy the sunshine
5. Okere Falls
Enjoy a casual walk through native bush to a series of four stunning waterfalls and crystal-clear trout pools. Spend time watching the various rafting companies take guests rafting over the 7m Tutea Falls – the highest commercial raftable waterfall in the world. Okere Falls Scenic Reserve is about a 15 minute drive out of Rotorua.