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Hamurana Springs Walk (fees now apply)

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Enjoy the crystal clear water at Hamurana Springs on this short 1 hour round trip walk just outside Rotorua. Deepest natural fresh water spring in New Zealand. Details and map below. Unfortunately this walk is no longer free.

Quick Facts

        • Location: North Island NZ
        • Distance: 2.50 kms
        • Time needed: 1 Hour
        • Difficulty: Very Easy
        • Wheelchair Access: Yes
        • Route: Round Trip
        • Elevation: 299m
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: Yes
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights

    The deepest natural fresh water spring in New Zealand. Not all the track are suitable for Wheel chairs. At Hamurana Springs you could spend all day there or just walk 20 minutes to the springs. Unfortunately it’s not free anymore 🙁

  • Track Quality

    The track could get a little sticky after light rain.

  • Hazards

    The weekends are very busy so pick a weekday to have your picnic. Not all the tracks are suitable for wheel chairs.

  • Transport


  • Water


  • Driving Instructions

    Hamurana Springs is on the back road around the lake. From Rotorua drive through Ngongotaha and onto the back road to Tauranga. Drive 3.3 km past the Tauranga back road turn off and you are there.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    17 Km to Rotorua

  • Area & Track History

    Hamurana Springs is the deepest natural fresh water spring in New Zealand. Water from the Mamaku Plateau travels for 70 years underground to reach Hamurana Springs where around 4.5 million litres of crystal clear water rushes 15m, 50 feet to the surface at a very cold 10 degrees Celsius. The Trout love this colder water and swim up the Hamurana Springs to escape the warmer waters of Lake Rotorua in the summer. Hamurana Springs also has a stunning redwoods grove. It is thought they were planted alongside the river in 1919 by a farmer. With the tallest redwoods in Hamurana Springs being around 55 metres, it only has another 300 years to reach its maximum height of 120m. Hamurana Springs is one of the most popular picnic spots in Rotorua with plenty of shady spots under the native trees to have your lunch and enjoy the stunning and relaxing walking track alongside Hamurana Springs Stream. Hamurana Springs is about a 20 minute, 17km drive west of Rotorua.

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  • Map location of Hamurana Springs Walk (fees now apply)

    Map of walk

Points of interest along the walk

In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.

Point 1: Hamurana Springs Car Park

Cross the wooden bridge at the front of the car park then just follow the track along side the stream then you walk through the grove of redwoods and up to the springs. In 1957 5000+ pennies dating back to 1860 were recovered by divers from Wellington. The pennies were then given to a number of children charities. even today you can still see dozen of coins 15m at the bottom of Hamurana Spring.

After the main Hamurana Spring you will come across a number of smaller springs, one of the springs will be the dancing spring. As for spotting Trout, the excitement will wear off very quickly.

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Contact info

Hamurana Springs Nature Reserve 773 Hamurana Road, Hamurana 3072, New Zealand

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