Lake Rotoiti

Lake Rotoiti showing a lake or waterhole and tranquil scenes

Lake Rotoiti

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Marvel at the pristine Nelson Lakes National Park as you kayak across this magnificent lake to thermal pools and glow worm caves.

Take in views of forest-fringed waters, shimmering glow worm caves and the Southern Alps at Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park. Surrounded by towering mountains, all the lakes in this park were carved out by glaciers over thousands of years and have remained largely untouched. As well as making for a spectacular landscape, this has also allowed native wildlife to thrive.

Head to the Mainland Island area to the east of Lake Rotoiti, where you can hike the gentle trails. Pass through sweet-smelling, indigenous beech forest and enjoy great views across the water.

Be sure to grab a paddle and take to the water during your time at Lake Rotoiti. Kayaking tours run throughout the year and provide a superb opportunity to enjoy great views of the peaks that surround the lake. Your guide will lead you to a network of glow worm caves that can only be reached by water. Glide through the caves on your kayak and look up at the roofs shimmering with the light of these fascinating insects. The dark passages of these caves are among the only places in New Zealand where you can see glow worms during the day.

A short paddle from the caves will take you to a pool heated by thermal springs. As with the caves, the pool cannot be accessed on foot and your group may have the place to yourselves. Come at night to relax in the pool with a brilliant star-studded sky above you.

For those who would rather stay on the water’s edge, Lake Rotoiti is also known for its excellent fishing. Try fly fishing or drop a line to catch brown trout.

Lake Rotoiti is located approximately a 4-hour drive north from Christchurch. Stay in the pretty community of Saint Arnaud at the northern end of the lake, from where all lake excursions begin. Several guesthouses and hostels provide accommodation and there are campsites open during the summer.

539 Cheap Hotels Near Lake Rotoiti

Moose Lodge Estate
Moose Lodge Estate
3.5 out of 5
843 State Highway 30 RD4, Rotorua, Tikitere, 3074
Stay at this 3.5-star beach lodge in Tikitere. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Popular attractions Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
"Beautiful facilities. Very elegant. Nothing to dislike about the service or the facilities."

Reviewed on 13 Feb. 2020

Moose Lodge Estate
Lakeside Hideaway - Lake Rotoiti Holiday Home
Lakeside Hideaway - Lake Rotoiti Holiday Home
Lake Okataina, Bay of Plenty Region
Stay at this holiday home in Lake Okataina. Enjoy WiFi, on-site parking and barbecues. Popular attractions Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools are located ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Friends and family retreat
"Excellent holiday adobe, closer to town but quiet and lively. House is well looked after, clean and tidy. Large living area and dining was excellent and during winter the fireplace kept the place nice and warm. Weekend or weekday it highly recommended."

Reviewed on 3 Aug. 2021

Lakeside Hideaway - Lake Rotoiti Holiday Home
Relax Lakeside - Lake Rotoiti Bach
Relax Lakeside - Lake Rotoiti Bach
Lake Okataina, Bay of Plenty Region
Stay at this holiday home in Lake Okataina. Enjoy on-site parking, barbecues and a TV. Popular attractions Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools are located ...
3/5 (1 review)
Acceptable
"Neighbouring properties made us very nervous to start with. No issues though and enjoyed our stay. Made the booking through a different website. Charged us for an extra night. Tried to communicate prior to check in. No luck and no reply. Overall experience very disappointing. Scared to use Bookabach ..."

Reviewed on 25 Jan. 2022

Relax Lakeside - Lake Rotoiti Bach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Top Lake Rotoiti Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Moose Lodge Estate
Moose Lodge Estate
3.5 out of 5
843 State Highway 30 RD4, Rotorua, Tikitere, 3074
Moose Lodge Estate
Lakeside Hideaway - Lake Rotoiti Holiday Home
Lakeside Hideaway - Lake Rotoiti Holiday Home
Lake Okataina, Bay of Plenty Region
Lakeside Hideaway - Lake Rotoiti Holiday Home
Relax Lakeside - Lake Rotoiti Bach
Relax Lakeside - Lake Rotoiti Bach
Lake Okataina, Bay of Plenty Region
Relax Lakeside - Lake Rotoiti Bach
Well appointed bach at  Hinehopu
Well appointed bach at Hinehopu
Lake Rotoiti, Bay of Plenty Region
Well appointed bach at Hinehopu
Fantail Cottage - Lake Rotoiti Holiday Home
Fantail Cottage - Lake Rotoiti Holiday Home
Rototai, Bay of Plenty Region
Fantail Cottage - Lake Rotoiti Holiday Home
Lakefront Holiday Home
Lakefront Holiday Home
3.5 out of 5
364 Maniatutu Road, Lake Rotoiti, Okere Falls, 3074
Lakefront Holiday Home
Stunning Lake House Retreat
Stunning Lake House Retreat
Rototai, Bay of Plenty Region
Stunning Lake House Retreat
The Lakehouse Bach - Lake Rotoiti Bach
The Lakehouse Bach - Lake Rotoiti Bach
Rototai, Bay of Plenty Region
The Lakehouse Bach - Lake Rotoiti Bach
Onepoto Bay Lodge - Lake Rotoiti Holiday Home
Onepoto Bay Lodge - Lake Rotoiti Holiday Home
Okere Falls, Bay of Plenty Region
Onepoto Bay Lodge - Lake Rotoiti Holiday Home
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.