Did you know there are nearly 40 different tracks and trails on public conservation land in the Rotorua District?
The Department of Conservation (DOC) has released a new brochure called Explore Rotorua featuring maps and information on walking, hiking, camping, and mountain biking in the local area.
Explore Rotorua includes maps, travelling directions, photos and historical information on trails ranging from short walks like the one at Okere Falls to longer hikes in Lake Okataina Scenic Reserve.
The brochure isn’t just for visitors either. “There are many locals who aren’t aware that DOC administers 6 campsites in the Rotorua District. This guide has information on where to find them and what facilities are available.”
Partnerships Ranger Caraline Abbott explains: “It’s a free resource that promotes getting out on conservation land and enjoying what nature has to offer.” The guide includes newer trails that DOC are partners in including the Tarawera Trail and Te Ara Ahi – Thermal by bike.
The release of the 60 page booklet coincides with the re-branding and opening of a new DOC visitor information counter at the Rotorua i-SITE.
“The DOC visitor information counter is available for members of the public to enquire about DOC tracks, trails and campsites and also to buy hut passes. We provide information about local tracks as well as the Great Walks series which includes Lake Waikaremoana”, explains Visitor Information Ranger Jean Hiscoke.
Explore Rotorua is available free of charge and is stocked at the Rotorua Visitor Centre, local book stores, Redwoods Gift Shop & Visitor Centre and a number of tourism operators in Rotorua.