Crater Lake

Image: Lukas Marek | Creative Commons


Enjoy this easy walking track with great views over two crater lakes.

Track overview

1 km

Walking and tramping

15 min one way Easiest: Short walk

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


From the carpark, follow the signs. There are great views over two crater lakes that are set against a backdrop of bare brown, orange and red steaming cliffs and an array of geothermal vegetation.

Fitter and more experienced trampers can continue on the Summit Track to the mountain summit. Add another 3 hours up to the summit and back from the crater lakes.

Getting there

Rainbow Mountain lies 26 km south-east of Rotorua, beside SH 5 (the Rotorua-Taupo highway). Approaching from Rotorua, the carpark for the walking track is situated just past the turnoff for SH 38 (the Murupara/ Waikaremoana highway), on the left-hand side of the road.


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