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.