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Five Free Things to Do in Rotorua

Wednesday, 19 August 2020

If you're looking for the best free things to do in Rotorua then you're in luck! With so much to see and do in this geothermal city you'll be spoiled for choice, so we've picked out our top five to get you started. 

Top five free things to do in Rotorua

  1. Mountain Biking

  2. Blue Lake Track

  3. Kuirau Park 

  4. Government Gardens

  5. Okere Falls


1. Mountain bike through the Redwoods

The first of our free things to do in Rotorua is mountain biking! 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 has 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: Find beautiful scenes and hidden spots on one of the best free things to do in Rotorua - 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 Rotorua. 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. This is one of the must-do free things to do in Rotorua and it's suitable for all fitness levels (including families). 


Photo: One of our favourite things to do in Rotorua for free, enjoy the views walking around the Blue Lake. 


3. Stroll Kuirau Park

Next is one of the most unique free things to do in Rotorua. The city'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! 


Photo: See some of the geothermal wonders of Rotorua all for free at Kuirau Park.


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 closed after damages in an earthquake.


Photo: The Government Gardens are an awesome thing to do in Rotorua for free - a great place to hang out and enjoy the sunshine


5. Okere Falls

The last of our free things to do in Rotorua is to 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.


Photo: Enjoy the stunning waterfalls and crystal clear trout pools of Okere falls, one of the things to do in Rotorua for free


Rotorua is full of activities to suit all kinds of needs and travel plans. There are some awesome paid attractions and locals favourite things to do which tie in perfectly with some of the great free things to do in Rotorua - now you just have to plan your Rotorua itinerary.


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Topics: Things to do in NZ, Things to do in Rotorua