Discover Nature and History at Hamurana Springs

Rotorua is home to some of New Zealand’s most incredible natural landscapes, due to it’s geothermal activity, while also having some of the island’s most important history – Hamurana Springs is one of the best places to discover both, in a fantastic combination of remarkable nature and fascinating history!

What can I do in Rotorua?

A great place to start your trip to Rotorua is Hamurana Springs Nature Reserve - combining spectacular nature and fascinating Maori history and culture dating back 700 years, an 18 minute drive from Rotorua on the state highway 5, or 45 minute drive from Tauranaga on the state highway 36.

Connect with nature in a scenic walk through this largely untouched park and wildlife refuge in an experience that will truly bring you in touch with New Zealand’s spirit. The Maori natives of Rotorua have connected with this land as far back as the 1300’s, originally a tribal settlement for the ancestors of those who now maintain the surrounding park lands. Explore tranquil nature and culture walking trails, where you’ll discover a range of important Maori monuments and the deepest natural freshwater spring in the North Island!

You can journey at your own pace in the self-guided trial, admiring the natural scenery, engaging with local wildlife and discovering cultural stories. Alternatively, take a guided tour by a descendant of the tribe who migrated to the park all those centuries ago, sharing traditional Maori practices, stories and knowledge passed down to them over hundreds of years while showing you the beauty of the reserve.

  • Open 9am to 6pm, Friday to Sunday.
  • Self-guided walk:
    Adult NZ$18, child (5-15) NZ$8, child (0-4) FREE.
  • Tours:
    Adult NZ$28, child (5-15) $13.
  • Self-guided walk can be completed in 30 minutes, with two longer trails also available.
  • Guided tours last approximately 1.5 hours – click here to make a booking enquiry.
  • Park can be reserved for special events and occasions such as weddings – click here for more information.
  • Golf course also available on-site – check their Facebook page for more information.



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