Rotorua Visitor Guide - - News -

The Ha­mu­rana Recre­ation Re­serve is only about 15 ks from Ro­torua and is al­most ex­actly op­po­site the city on the other side of Lake Ro­torua. It’s a great spot for pic­nics at the wa­ter­front and shore­line trout fish­ing and it’s home to the deep­est fresh wa­ter spring in the North Is­land and a charm­ing 9 hole golf course. The walk to Ha­mu­rana Springs is one of the nicest in the area. It feels like you’ve stepped out of the 21st cen­tury and back in time it’s so peace­ful. The walk is an easy one, about 20 min­utes each way along a well-kept track through red­wood for­est and native bush along the edge of the crys­tal clear wa­ters of Ha­mu­rana Springs. Guar­an­teed tran­quil­ity with plenty of birdlife too. The track in­cludes sev­eral pic­nic spots and at the spring it­self there’s a wooden view­ing plat­form where kids can throw in a coin and make a wish. The wa­ter trav­els down through un­der­ground aquifers for 70 years (which is why it is so pure) and the springs pro­duce an amaz­ing four mil­lion litres of cold, crys­tal clear wa­ter ev­ery hour. While you’re in the area bring your clubs for a round of golf at the Re­serve’s Ha­mu­rana Golf Club. This is a beau­ti­ful and chal­leng­ing course which has had a facelift re­cently with some ma­jor ren­o­va­tions. It’s def­i­nitely worth the 15 minute drive fromRo­torua with its idyl­lic set­tings and lake views.

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