GUIDE - ROTORUA NEW ZEALAND
Rotorua New Zealand
is home to one of the most unique tourism sites in the
world. Aside from the breathtaking scenery of this volcanic
wonderland, the 16 beautiful lakes in the region and the
lush green of the abundant native flora, Rotorua is a
geothermal paradise and the cultural heartland. Play golf,
buy a map, hire a rental car, have an adventure. Rotorua
accommodation from backpackers, bed and breakfast to luxury
hotel and motel.
major lakes and a variety of geothermal areas and scenic
reserves can be found in the Rotorua Lakes area.
Located near Rotorua, Blue Lake is popular with
water skiers, swimmers and boaties. You can follow an
easy walking track that circles around the lake.
Location: Blue Lake is 9
km south-east of Rotorua, via Te Ngae Road then Tarawera
Kaharoa and the adjoining Onaia Ecological Area are
renowned for the endangered kokako. You can walk the
Kokako Track through forest to a secluded spot at Onaia
Location: Kaharoa Conservation
Area is located 36 km north of Rotorua.
Okataina Scenic Reserve
Just 22 kilometres north-east of Rotorua, Lake Okataina
Scenic Reserve is home to a number of species of native
Location: Lake Okataina
Scenic Reserve is 22 km north-east of Rotorua on Okataina
Road, off State Highway 30.
Rerewhakaaitu Recreational Reserves
Camping, picnicking and boating are all popular recreational
activities at Lake Rerewhakaaitu. A significant site
for wildlife, the lake supports breeding populations
of dabchicks, scaup and banded dotterel.
Location: Lake Rerewhakaaitu
is 29 km south-east of Rotorua. For vehicle access to
the lake, turn off State Highway 5 onto State Highway
38 and then onto Rerewhakaaitu Road.
Lake Rotoiti has a navigable water link with Lake Rotorua
and features a number of significant historic sites.
Location: Okere Falls Scenic
Reserve is 21km from Rotorua on Trout Pool Road off
SH 33. Hinehopu/Hongi Track is 20 km north-east of Rotorua
off State Highway 30.
Tarawera Scenic Reserve
At Lake Tarawera Scenic Reserve you can visit Tarawera
Landing, The Orchard, Humphries Bay and Hot Water Beach.
Location: Lake Tarawera
Scenic Reserve is 18 kilometres southeast of Rotorua
on Tarawera Road, off Te Ngae Road.
Mokaihaha Ecological Area, in Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park,
is rich in Maori history and has high conservation and
scientific values. Walkers on the Mokaihaha Track can
listen to the calls of tui, kereru, bellbirds and fantail.
Location: Mokaihaha Ecological
Area is situated on the Mamaku Plateau, 9.6 km south-east
of the Mamaku township on South Rd.
Falls Scenic Reserve
This reserve has significant Maori cultural and spiritual
value. It features the waterfalls of the Kaituna River
and is the site of New Zealand's first hydro-electic
Alert: Dangerously strong
currents and waterfalls. Please keep to the track.
Location: Okere Falls Scenic
Reserve is located 21 km from Rotorua on Trout Pool
road off SH 33 (the Rotorua to Tauranga highway). Okere
Falls Scenic Reserve is located on the banks of the
Kaituna river draining out of Lake Rotoiti.
Mountain Scenic Reserve
Located 26 kilometres south-east of Rotorua, Rainbow
Mountain Scenic Reserve contains a number of plants
which are unique to geothermal areas. The popular Crater
Lakes Walk is a one-hour return hike.
Location: The Rainbow Mountain
Scenic Reserve is located 26 km south east of Rotorua
on State Highway 5.
Forest Conservation Park
Whakarewarewa Forest Conservation Park holds mountain
bike tracks that network in with the other tracks of
the Whakarewarewa Forest.
Location: Located between
the Whakarewarewa Forest and Lake Tikitapu. The easiest
way to reach this area is from going through the Waipa
Mill south of Rotorua.