Rotorua's hidden gems

A trip to New Zealand wouldn't be complete without visiting Rotorua and these hidden gems.

The city is a must see destination due to its unique mix of cultural significance, geothermal activity, and adventure activities.

The activities and attractions are unique to the city of Rotorua and definitely worth seeing. Due to the vast number of great activities and attractions it would be costly if you tried to do them all!

If you would like to save a bit of money, see the natural side of the city and get off the beaten track then you must visit a few of the hidden gems during your time in Rotorua.
 

Hamurana Springs
No amount of money could be parted with to describe the worth and natural beauty of the Hamurana Springs. Famous for its beautiful crystal clear fresh water springs that emanate from the ground, before making its way into Lake Rotorua. The springs are surrounded by a wildlife sanctuary which plays host to many species of native and endangered birds.

There is a Hamurana springs track which is suitable for all ages and fitness levels as it offers easy walking with beautiful scenic views throughout the whole stream-side walk, which passes through a grove of redwoods. Located only a 15 - 20 minute drive north-east from Rotorua this is a nice family orientated area and perfect for picnics.

 

Centennial Park
Centennial Park is situated just 5 minutes south of the city centre on 20 hectares of rolling land on the Tihiotonga hill, overlooking Rotorua. Due to its location there are amazing views to be enjoyed looking over the city and Lake Rotorua.The park is especially beautiful during the spring season with the vibrant pink blossom of the Cherry Tree. Developed as an area of land to dedicate trees for family members or local dignitaries, the park has now become a rural reserve with woodland type conditions rather than the manicured gardens within the city.  With the recent addition of a BBQ area, public toilet, picnic tables, Maple Grove and Peace Memorial, Centennial park is the perfect location for a morning stroll or afternoon picnic.

 

Okere Falls
Okere Falls is situated 20 minutes from Rotorua, on the edge of Lake Rotoiti. The name comes from the waterfalls and rapids which follow down the Kaituna River, which is home to the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world - the 7m Tutea Falls. Suitable for both rafting enthusiasts and first timers, rafters pass through steep, bush clad canyons and over 13 awesome drops. If getting wet isn’t your thing and a leisurely walk sounds more appealing, there is a well-formed bushwalk with scenic lookout where you can watch the rafters and kayakers sweep over the 7m waterfall.

After your visit to Okere Falls you can sit  back and relax with the lake in sight and enjoy a locally crafted brew in the Okere Falls Store beer garden.

 

Whatever you are in to, Rotorua has something on offer and if you take the time to look a little deeper you can be sure you will find something special.

If you need advice on other activities within Rotorua, such as the best places to eat or a great cultural experience, get in contact with the friendly hosts at Golden Glow Motel Rotorua. They have a wealth of local knowledge and also offer comfortable and affordable accommodation. The newly refurbished motel comes equipped with all the amenities you need and more, such as free off road parking, free Wi-Fi and private in room spa pools. The Golden Glow Motel is located centrally only minutes from the Rotorua city centre and close to many other special destinations, you just need to ask.

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