Unmissable natural attractions in Rotorua
Nature’s playground for mountain bikers, hikers and horse riders, Whakarewarewa Forest is proof that the best things in life really are free. Red Bull has rated the Whakarewarewa trails among the top eight in the world, but for those who wish to explore at a slower pace, there's an array of hiking and running trails. Beginning at the majestic Redwood Grove, visitors can explore the 55,000 hectare forest of towering Californian Redwoods, lush native bush and exotic trees, with longer hikes offering stunning views of Rotorua. The forest is a short drive from the centre of the city. If you choose to walk or bike, there is also a scenic route that takes you off the main roads. More information on how to get there can be found on The Redwoods – Whakarewarewa Forest website.
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One of 18 lakes in the area, Lake Rotorua is the result of a huge eruption around 200,000 years ago, which created a circular depression measuring about 16 kilometres wide. Geothermal activity continues around the lake today, creating the beautiful green-blue coloration of the water and causing clouds of steam to drift around the shore. Visitors can hike one of the many surrounding trails, cruise the lake on a stern-wheel paddle driven boat or take a thrilling jet boat ride with a Kawarau Jet. For a fun family option, hop aboard an amphibious World War II landing craft and experience the lake with Rotorua Duck Tours.
Rotorua is a 40-minute flight from Auckland or an hour and 10 minute flight from Wellington. The national carrier offers four flights a day from each location and numerous ‘grabaseat’ deals. For affordable accommodation that is central to all the city’s most spectacular natural attractions, Millennium Hotels and Resorts offers a range of hotel packages and last minute deals that you can take advantage of.