The scenic Tarawera Walk is a partnership between several Māori land trusts and the Department of Conservation. The trail starts at Te Wairoa near the Buried Village, and follows the contours of the lake through a forest of tall ponga trees, past several bays and areas of regenerating forest, to Hot Water Beach. The return journey to Tarawera Landing is by water taxi, a welcome ride across the lake after the long walk.
Rotorua is a popular destination for international tourists, who come to the geothermal area to see boiling mud pools, hydrothermal valleys and Māori culture. It is also a great place for New Zealanders to explore, as Rotorua has a range of activities including a choice of 31 hikes, a mountain-bike park with numerous trails in the Whakarewarewa Forest, a treewalk high up in a forest of California redwoods, fishing, golf, jet boats, waterskiing, a maze, a gondola ride and a mud covered spa are among the choices.