Rotorua, New Zealand’s adventure heartland has plenty of places to visit where admission is free. Save your holiday dollars for the big things like Kaituna Cascades and enjoy exploring Rotorua’s free attractions.
1. OKERE FALLS TRACK
Relish the chance to walk through native bush and wait for tiny fantails to dart beneath your feet on the Okere Falls track. The well maintained trail has several lookouts over the Kaituna River and its waterfalls.
TIP: Need brunch, a snack then pop into the Okere Falls cafe, its hearty meals will keep you on the road exploring Rotorua For more inspiring places to eat check out Rotorua where to eat, dine and enjoy great views.
2. SULPHUR BAY BOARDWALK
Discover a weird moonscape landscape in Rotorua where even the birds have lost their webbed feet. Rotorua’s secret is Sulphur Bay. A lunar landscape with boiling water venting into the lake and crystallised minerals. The boardwalk is tucked behind the Bath House and park. The information plaques describe the area as the place where modern tourism began. Check out Sulphur Bay boardwalk for details.
3. KEROSENE CREEK
A thousand instagram shots does not detract from the fun of a natural waterfall infused with warm geothermal water. Jump into an authentic Rotorua experience for free. The bush walk is easy and remember to leave only footprints and consider the environment.
4. KUIRAU PARK
Shop for foodie treats at the weekend market, walk a misty steamy boardwalk and soak your feet in the free publicly accessible park. In the heart of the town is a crater lake, pools of boiling mud and plenty of steam. The park has a playground, designated picnic spots with BBQ facilities.
5. OHINEMUTU AND ST FAITH’S CHURCH
Explore a living Maori village with its intricately carved meeting house, its cemetery honouring fallen soldiers (buried above ground due to the constant geothermal activity), observe the ornate woven panels of St Faith’s church and the stained glass window of Christ
walking on water.
TIP: You are walking through a resident’s backyards and do not enter private property unless