Rotorua has got to be one of the most popular places to visit in New Zealand - and for good reason! Known for its active geothermal landscape, exciting outdoor adventures, and warm Māori culture, Rotorua really is a NZ ‘must see’.
Photo: The beautiful shores of Lake Rotorua
Exploring Rotorua’s Great Outdoors
Set on the shore of Lake Rotorua from which the city gets its name, and surrounded by forests, rivers and mountains, Rotorua is heaven for lovers of the outdoors. One of the best ways to see the area is by exploring some of the top walks you can do locally. Our favourite trails include the awe inspiring Redwoods Forest, through the towering Canadian Redwood trees which are seriously impressive. Another walk takes you to Lake Tikitapu and Rotokakahi - the famous Blue Lake and Green Lake. If you find yourself with some more time on your hands there are plenty of day hiking tracks which include the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, a 19.4km track through scenery made famous by Lord of the Rings, where you’ll hike over an active volcano. Take the time to seek out some of the beautiful Rotorua Waterfalls. These are all less than 90 minutes from central Rotorua. You might even be able to go for a swim and see some glow worms.