Rotorua, a popular tourist destination on New Zealand’s North Island, offers a diverse range of experiences from action-packed zorbing (rolling down a hill in an inflated ball) to relaxing in the hot pools at the Polynesia Spa. These are all worth doing but some come with a hefty price tag. If you need a break from the paid experiences, check out a few of the free activities available. Rotorua Lake walks and Whakarewarewa Forest are a couple. Another great activity is Kuirau Park, Rotorua’s only free geothermal walkway.
The Kuirau Park, in the heart of town, should be added onto everyone’s list. The path weaves around a crater lake, steam vents and mud pools. There are designated foot baths spread out around the park for relaxing.
The Quota Scented Garden, a beautifully landscaped public garden, can be found in the park. The girls found this garden a little stinky; however, the foot baths made up for the smell.
The playground located next to the aquatic center had the girls swinging, spinning and climbing for an hour.
The perfect climbing tree located on an open grassy area made the ideal spot for a picnic.