Between Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest and the Skyline Rotorua MTB Gravity Park, Rotorua is well established as a mountain-biking and BMX destination. Additionally, the two-day, 48km Te Ara Ahi (Thermal by Bike) trail starts in Rotorua and heads south via various geothermal attractions to the Waikite Valley Thermal Pools. This intermediate-level route is designated as one of the New Zealand Cycle Trail's 'Great Rides' ( For more information, enquire at the Rotorua i-SITE or get online at


There are plenty of opportunities to stretch your legs around Rotorua, including the popular lakefront stroll (20 minutes). There are also a couple of good walks at Mt Ngongotaha: the easy 2.5km Ngongotaha Nature Loop through native forest, and the steep 5km return Jubilee Track to the (viewless) summit.

There are also dozens of more challenging tracks in the broader Rotorua Lakes area.


There’s always good trout fishing to be had somewhere around Rotorua. Hire a guide or go solo: either way a licence (per day $20) is essential, and available from O’Keefe’s Anglers Depot. Note that not all of the Rotorua Lakes can be fished year-round; check with O’Keefe’s or the i-SITE.