8.30am – 5.00pm (last ticket sales are at 4:15pm) Closed Christmas Day
Explore the unique flore and fauna of the Whakarewarewa geothermal valley with our well-groomed walking tracks. Our tracks are low-difficulty and require only comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate attire. Our tracks begin just beyond the Wahiao meeting house, at the intersection of Hinganoa Drive and Huarere Street.
This short 15-20 minute stroll traverses through Manuka scrub, past boiling mud pools and steaming bores. Our newly renovated boardwalk crosses over the colourful Te Roto A Tamakeke (Lake of Tamaheke), whose hot spring-filled waters honour a chief who lived in the area long ago.
Whakanuia Track Church Loop
Extend your walk by following Huarere Street before turning onto the Whakanuia Track and you will be rewarded by a look out point over Te Roto A Tamakeke. Return to the trail and continue on to loop back around and view a large mud pool and the Whakarewarewa Anglican Church. From there, this scenic loop rejoins the original Whakanuia trail and carries on along toward the lake boardwalk.
Hot Lakes Scenic Track
For a longer journey and exceptional views, our extended scenic track past Roto Kanapanapa (Green Lake). Infused with a mixture of geothermal minerals, this lake is green in colour and has a warm temperature. This pool was formerly used by the Tohunga (priest) in ceremonial funeral processes. Continue to along the track past several hill top lookout points for views of Rotorua city, steaming lakes and two Pa (fortified village) sites of the Tuhourangi Ngati Wahiao people.
Enjoy the self-guided trails of Whakarewarewa, The Living Māori Village included in the price of our guided Village Tour. To see them for yourself, Book A Tour and experience the natural beauty of our home.
Find out more of what you can experience at Whakarewarewa Thermal Village.