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Best trails in Rotorua

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Looking for a great trail near Rotorua, Bay of Plenty? AllTrails has 30 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, trail running trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. You'll also find some great local park options, like Papamoa Hills Regional Park or Lake Okareka Reserve. Ready for some activity? There are 15 moderate trails in Rotorua ranging from 0.7 to 14.6 miles and from 990 to 2,483 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Waiotapu Thermal Park Loop
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 46 m
There is an entrance fee of $42 for this area. It is recommended that you check in advance to see the daily erupting geyser (it's actually a couple min drive down the road from visitor center - you need a ticket here too). The Champagne Pool is impressive and unique. So many bubbling pools and cool little sights. Info on signs along the way. Do the whole thing. Very easy walk.Show more
#2 - Redwood Quarry Track
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 37 m
Not much in the way of views but lots of trees, ferns, and greenery. A nice way to get some mileage and enjoy the redwoods.Show more
#3 - Rainbow Mountain and Crater Lake Outlook Track
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h 15 m
Great hike for a view of the valley! There are some very muddy sections, but nothing some hiking or trail running shoes can’t handle. There is no shade on the summit. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/bay-of-plenty/places/rainbow-mountain-and-waiotapu-scenic-reserves/things-to-do/rainbow-mountain-crater-lake-walk/Show more
#4 - Okere Falls Trail
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 44 m
A short trail along an exceptionally tumultuous river and numerous waterfalls. People can frequently be spotted in organised tours floating by in yellow rafts. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/bay-of-plenty/places/okere-falls-scenic-reserve/things-to-do/okere-falls-track/Show more
#5 - Tarawera Trail to Hot Water Beach
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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Length: 8.6 mi • Est. 4 h 33 m
#6 - Lake Tikitapu
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
Great family friendly loop around the spectacular Lake Tiki Tapu. Many good views of the lake and well formed tracks. Many people use for trail running.Show more
#7 - Redwoods Treewalk
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 12 m
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.Show more
#8 - Tokorangi Pa Loop
Whakarewarewa Forest
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 27 m
NOTE: As of July 2020, users have reported that there are closures in this area. Please check with the park for more information. If done clockwise the harder hills are in the first half of the route. Dog friendly (if well controlled). Marked with purple track arrows. Good footwear advised and there are some sections which will be very slippery when wet!Show more
#9 - Kuirau Park Loop
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 27 m
#10 - Lake Okareka Walkway
Lake Okareka Reserve
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 28 m
An easy walk along the wetlands. This is a great track for birdwatching and views of farmland and hills.Show more
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