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Top park recommendations from locals

“excellent plantings of trees with spectacular autumn colors. the falls cafe is well worth a stop for a bite to eat and coffee tea or cold drinks”
  • 46 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Located in the Western Bay of Plenty, near Te Puke, Pāpāmoa Hills Regional Park is a 135 hectare property explored and enjoyed by thousands of visitors each month. The summit is 224 metres above sea level and offers sweeping views of the Bay of Plenty coastline. There are several tracks through the park which can be used to enjoy the views and explore the numerous archaeological features, including seven pa sites.”
  • 50 locals recommend
“Rainbow Springs is home to over 22 native and endemic species including birds, lizards and aquatic life. We are also home to the world's largest and most successful kiwi hatchery, offering our manuhiri (visitors) the opportunity to see real conservation in action and, if in luck, witness a baby kiwi hatch, eggs being incubated or a kiwi chick being fed or getting a health check. We put conservation at the heart of everything we do! Come join us - a day of fun, adventure & nature discoveries awaits.'”
  • 34 locals recommend
“Free, natural geothermal hot springs. Family-friendly, this is a great place to relax, soak, take in the beautiful scenery and begin and or end your trip to Taupo.”
  • 39 locals recommend
“Kuirau Park is free for all and offers a great introduction to the smells and views of the geothermal nature of the area. You can combine this with a walk by the Lake front and a coffee at Third Place café (best custard slices in town!). A Saturday market is held at the Kuirau Park all year round from 7am to 1pm. Here you will find fresh fruit and vegetables, fast food, coffee, arts and crafts and many more items. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Hot Spring
“A little further out of town but a great selection of outdoor hot pools with cafe.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Tour Provider
“Rotorua Canopy Tours offer adventure course featuring zip lines, swing bridges & treetop platforms in an ancient forest. In case of wet weather, Rotorua Canopy Tours supply rain gear to keep you nice and dry. Please note children under the age of 7 are not able to do this activity. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
“A nice big quarry with lots to see and do. Has many ornaments and a space of musical instruments. Beautiful gardens. Would allow 20-25 mins to get here. Wear good shoes. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
“Taupo DeBretts hot springs is a natural mineral pools set amongst beautiful landscaped resort surroundings. It's a perfect spot to relax and soother tired, aching muscles. Temperature range of 38 to 41 degrees and is open 365 days of the year Prices range from $23.00 per adult to Children 3 and under $3.00.”
  • 27 locals recommend
“Tranquil native bush and Redwoods setting with natural springs percolating up from beneath the ground and creating delightful colours of blues and greens ”
  • 16 locals recommend
“Walk the forest, mountain bike or visit the high top tree walk. Something for the whole family. There is also a lovely nighttime walk with lanterns and pretty lights.”
  • 28 locals recommend
“This arboretum has the largest collection of Northern Hemisphere in the Southern Hemisphere. This was started over 100 years ago by Douglas Cook who had the fore site and vision to plant this wonderful collection of trees, 25 km of walking tracks. Open daily from 9am to 5pm. 2392 Wharekopae Road Gisborne www. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
“The redwoods is great for all things adventure, or just a relaxing stroll. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Memorial Site
“THE ELMS HISTORICAL SITE The Elms is one of the Bay of Plenty’s oldest heritage sites. As a place of early contact between Māori and Pākehā, this historic site remains at the centre of Tauranga’s history and identity today. Encompassing category one listed heritage buildings and nationally significant collections – all set within a diverse and tranquil garden setting – this one hectare property is a must-see destination for visitors to the region. The Elms is owned and operated by The Elms Foundation, a registered charitable trust dedicated to the preservation and promotion of this historic site. The Elms engages the community in a range of onsite activities including: Guided tours through the mission house and library – both registered as Category 1 by Heritage New Zealand. Garden tours with a focus on the heritage trees and native specimens found on the one hectare site See their website for further details and pricing.”
  • 13 locals recommend
“Just 5 minutes walk from here Two very popular playgrounds (often hosting events), Large water fountain, Humpty Dumpty! (He's 50 years old), Skate ramp (half pipe), Free barbeques, Memorial cenotaph, Swimming Pools, Miniature railway and mini golf, Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre and Memorial Hall, PUBLIC TOILETS are available at the Rowing Club building, and at the rear of the QEYC”
  • 13 locals recommend
“Kulim Park and Fergusson Park are linked by a walkway along the harbour front”
  • 10 locals recommend