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Rainbow Mountain - Crater Lake Walk

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Sh 5, Rotorua, New Zealand
+64 7-349 7400
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This mountain has great views over the Mighty Waikato and Bay of Plenty. Taking around an hour to reach the summit, it’s a pleasant walk through the bush. Head down to Kerosene Creek for a dip in the natural hot pools after the climb for...More

Thank Jessisaw
Reviewed 1 week ago

Rainbow Mountain is just a short drive south of Rotorua and is a pleasant surprise for those who, like myself, think they've seen everything Rotorua has to offer. We didn't go to the top of the mountain but we met a couple who'd done it...More

Thank Dorothy I
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My companion just had hip replacement and this trek was comfortable for him. The path is well cared for and the view is quite amazing. I was surprised how clean and well kept the outhouse facilities are at the trailhead. I totally recommend this walk...More

Thank LaBeau808
Reviewed 24 July 2018

You will find it about 20 minutes south of Rotorua, just round the corner after the Murupara turn off. There is adequate car parking, watch out for the road shingle as the contractors do use it as a storage area. Standard D.O.C.long drop toilet to...More

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Reviewed 10 July 2018

A great hike to get your heart pumping, and your thighs burning with a great uphill climb to the summit. Once at the top it is all worth it for the spectacular views of the surrounding Rotorua area. Along the way there were a couple...More

Thank R1232014
Reviewed 22 June 2018

I am a moderately fit 73 year old and managed this walk in a little over an hour going up and slightly faster on the downward track. It is about 25 minute car ride from the city centre. The parking is by SH5 and situated...More

Thank Waiariki
Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

The view of the top of Rainbow Mountain is amazing, you can even see the Tongariro crossing in the distance! The track-info states 1h30 one-way, however, we did the return in 2h05 without us being “experienced” hikers. Conclusion: A steep but relative short walk with...More

Thank Bosko4Ever
Reviewed 26 March 2018

We decided to do this walk one morning as it's so close to Rotorua (and right off the highway). It was warm and sunny, which we were glad of as the trail, although obvious and easy to follow, is steep and is fairly smooth clay...More

Thank HoneyBadgerBex
Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

We walked the track from car park to top with our two boys (3 and 0). Mr 3 walked to top all by himself and mr 0 in the backpack :) The walk starts climbing from start and it continues to do that until you...More

Thank Lwdzeeuw
Reviewed 13 February 2018

The Crater Lake and Rainbow Mountain walks are easy to find, located off State Highway 5 just South of the Highway 38 turn-off. The carpark is on the side of the road, and the walk starts almost immediately, just after the information boards. We (myself,...More

Thank Liz R
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Amanda C
8 July 2018|
Response from HoneyBadgerBex | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it's a little carpark straight off the main road, no charge.