Home to 18 pristine lakes and over 200,000 hectares of forest, Rotorua is widely celebrated as a nature lover’s paradise.
But many of the best outdoor attractions are often off the beaten track and unless you’re a local you might not know where to look. One such resident travel secret is Hamurana Springs, located just a 17 kilometre drive from the city.
Hamurana Springs is the deepest natural spring in the North Island, producing an estimated four million litres of water per hour that flows into the Hamurana Stream.
The crystal clear spring water originates from the surrounding plateau where it travels for around 70 years underground before rising through volcanic rock at Hamurana and flowing downstream to Lake Rotorua. The spring is 280 metres above sea level and is approximately 15 metres deep.
The best way to explore this undiscovered gem is via a picturesque stand-up paddle board, suitable for beginners, along the Hamurana Stream which can be accessed at the northern edge of Lake Rotorua.
If you’re keen to explore this area on foot, there’s a stunning Redwoods Grove track around the spring located within a Department of Conservation reserve 15 minutes’ drive north-east of the city. The track is suitable for all ages, fitness levels and suitable for pushchairs and wheel chairs. The 45-minute loop follows the stream, passing through a grove of redwoods with plenty of picnic opportunities.
The surrounding reserve is also home to many bird species including black teal, scaup (New Zealand diving duck), herons, ducks, geese and the endangered dabchick.
In summer you can get up close and personal with huge rainbow trout that favour the cool water temperature, which remains at a constant 10 degrees celsius all year around.
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