Explore the most popular Kid Friendly trails near Rotorua with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice trail easy/moderate (last part), view is ok. Crater lake is cool.

hiking
16 days ago

Mean pools

hiking
16 days ago

Nice nature walk and river

18$ per person (adult), so we'll look some pictures on Google.

hiking
30 days ago

Love this natural spa in the bush. Please remember to take your rubbish with you. This is a high traffic tourist attraction that generates no money. Please keep that in mind and enjoy

hiking
1 month ago

Great to watch the kayakers.

The view was fantastic! Not 360 degrees as I had heard but beautiful anyways. The way up was good the first half but very muddy and slippery at some points to the top. Aslo quite challenging to the end.

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muddy
1 month ago

It gets pretty steep toward the summit, but the views are worth it. The trail seems well maintained. The geothermal vents and crater lake along the way are also worth checking out.

Great hike for a view of the valley! There were some very muddy sections, but nothing some hiking or trail running shoes can’t handle. We started at 10:45am. 55 min up to the peak and 35 minutes back to the carpark. We only saw a few other hikers on the trail but many more about to start when we were done.

Easy hike, nice view, but after have hiked a couple of other smaller mountains in the north island, then it's not that spectacular, but nice. From the carpark you can also access the trail to kerosene creek, which is a really great spot for some spa time!

Well maintained track.

Excellent easy/moderate trail about 20 minutes outside of Rotorua. The trail is well marked and well maintained, with signage at the few branch points which are available for merging treks. No obstacles or scrambling at the time of our ascent, which took us maybe a little less than an hour. Views from the top are breathtaking. Highly recommended.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail!

hiking
4 months ago

Well maintained trail. They have added a new ridge trail, which is more of a moderate trail than an easy, and makes the whole thing a loop. Go past the end of the loop for another set of falls.

A nice and very clear track. No scrambling but a surprisingly consistent incline made for a fair challenge on the way up- typically, much faster coming down again. Lovely views of the region's many lakes from the top.

Great view. Trail in good shape.

Was a great little walk when it was free. Def rec having a look if happy to pay. I personally won’t. Trout, ducks, spring and dancing sand.

3.5 stars. Good uphill slog with some nice geothermal activity along the way. Views from top are big but were obscured by foliage. Road noise all the way up.

hiking
5 months ago

well signposted with varied terrain and some decent views. we went in early autumn and it was gorgeous but i can see how it could get challenging in winter when crossing the valley floor. Shouldnt be too much of a challenge for anyone of reasonable fitness.

Real easy track, but gives you more time to actually enjoy your surroundings. If ur lucky you can also catch some of the water rafting that happens there

Great hike! Loved the view! Although finding this place took me awhile as the car park looks like a working site with all those gravel.

The walk to the crater lake is an easy 5 minutes from the car park while the summit took me about an hour. Not a single step on the entire walk, easy gradual climb up. There are alot of vents and steam coming out of the ground along the trail, the view from the top is good, but I found the crater lakes and geothermal vents to be the more exciting hike.

Great trail for hill training. View up the top is worth every second of puffing.

hiking
6 months ago

Lovely tree walk through the Rotorua Red Woods. Even better in the evening when the lights are on. You are high up in the trees on very stable swing bridges that are connected to the trees. So only good for those confident with heights. 4 starts instead of 5 due to the price.

Pretty amazing! Self guided track.

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome track with some good hills. Highly recommend it.

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