Free Rotorua Attractions
With so many FREE activities and events in Rotorua, we have decided to share the personal favorites enjoyed by many of our guests. When booking a room for you and your family at the Rotorua Palm Court Motor Inn, we can help you plan your time with us. And as a pet friendly motel, we can advise free activities and specific dog exercise areas where your your beloved pets can join you.
Rotorua has an outdoors culture with many quality walking tracks. You can choose walks in and around the city, in the forests or some of the specatular tracks around the 17 lakes in the area. You are spoilt for choice so here are a few to get you started.
Hamurana Springs 15mins - Hamurana is famous for its beautiful crystal clear fresh water springs, that emanate from the ground and flows downstream into Lake Rotorua. The surrounding wildlife sanctuary plays host to many species of birds including black teal, scaup, herons and the endangered dabchick. This is a nice, family orientated area with calming picnic spots in a picturesque setting.
Okere Falls 1hr - A well-formed bushwalk with scenic lookouts over Okere River and its spectacular waterfalls. There are numerous information panels along the track, interpreting the human and natural landscape. A wide grassy area beside the main carpark provides a good site for a picnic, public toilets are provided here as well. The trout pool is a popular fishing spot, and trout are often seen swimming gently against the current. From the main lookout platform by Hinemoa's steps you can watch rafters and kayakers sweep over the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world.
The Rotorua Redwoods - Escape into the beautiful Whakarewarewa Forest, one of Rotorua’s most spectacular natural assets. Famous for its magnificent stands of towering Californian Coastal Redwoods it is just five minutes drive from the city centre. Here you can experience some of the finest walking and mountain bike trails in the world. Not to mention taking in superb panoramic views of Rotorua City, Lake and surrounding district. Six walking tracks with varying degrees of difficulty. Caters to the leisure walker, families with children and the more experienced hiker. Take your dog for a wander.
Blue And Green Lakes 1hr + - see the sacred Green Lake (Lake Rotokakai) then take a walk around the popular Blue Lake (Lake Tikitapu) where you can also play, picnic and barbecue.
Kuirau Park - A fun free thing to do in Rotorua, NZ. Soak your feet in a hot pool while you sit back and enjoy the scenery while the kids play in the playpark.
Parks and other FREE activities
Government Gardens - Wander about this formal English garden with a little Rotorua culture combined. The kids playground will keep the little ones happy.
Rotorua Lakefront: Within walking distance of city centre. Family-oriented reserve, BBQs, picnic tables, boat ramp, jetty, playground, Kiosks offering various recreational activities, Used for activities such as craft markets, pony rides and concerts.
Kerosene Creek - The hot spring is a small stream and flows downhill through natural bush. There is a good old kiwi corrugated iron changing shed there. Bathers have excavated small smooth rocks to form their own little hot pools that you can sit next to and enjoy the hot water cascading down. It's a very effective way to ease aches and pains after a hard tramp.
Mountain Biking: Whakarewarewa Forest on the southern outskirts of Rotorua contains one of the oldest trail systems in the country. These master crafted trails have an unbeatable blend of proximity to the city centre, riding surfaces, topography and they are surrounded by trees that have size & variety. BYO bike or we can arrange for you to hire one.