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Lake Rotorua

One of the largest lakes on the North Island, this location offers an abundance of exciting activities as well as a fascinating geological and cultural history.

Visit Lake Rotorua and you will find no shortage of things to do. Swim in the calm, clear waters by the city’s edge or set off on foot in search of your own private bay. Kayak to mystical Mokoia Island or sit back and relax on a boat cruise.

With a surface area of approximately 54 hectares (133 acres), this is the most expansive of 16 lakes in the Rotorua region. It was formed in a crater following the eruption of a volcano around 200,000 years ago and remains a site of constant geothermal activity. Notice the milky hue of the blue water; this is a result of high sulphur levels.

Amble through the Government Gardens just east of the town centre and look out across the lake. See if you can spot people fishing from boats or on the lake’s edge. Rainbow, brown and brook trout are frequently caught here.

Organise a guided kayak or stand-up paddleboard trip or simply rent the equipment and explore independently. Paddle to hot pools and secluded coves and head to the small Mokoia Island in the centre of the lake. Maori folklore says that two young lovers from tribes based at either end of the lake met here on the island having long been forbidden from seeing each other. Today tourists stop here to soak in the natural hot pool.

If you want for a more luxurious vessel, try one of the spacious cruise boats that operate excursions on the lake. Spot pretty birds and fish from the deck as you eat lunch on board.

The southern end of Lake Rotorua borders the city with which it shares its name. Book trips and tours of the lake online or from lakefront operators upon arrival.


Guide to Exploring Lake Rotorua


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Lake Rotorua Hotel NZ$134
Lake Rotorua Hotel

Lake Rotorua Hotel

131 Lake Road, Koutu, Rotorua
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in the suburbs, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Rotorua Hospital, Tamaki Maori Village and Rotorua Central Mall. Skyline Rotorua and Polynesian Spa are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    Millennium Hotel Rotorua NZ$159
    Millennium Hotel Rotorua

    Millennium Hotel Rotorua

    1270 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Rotorua hotel is located near the boardwalk, within a 5-minute walk of Rotorua Arts Village and Polynesian Spa. Rotorua Central Mall and Rotorua Night Market are also within 10 minutes.

      Regent of Rotorua NZ$173
      Regent of Rotorua

      Regent of Rotorua

      1191 Pukaki St, Rotorua
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Rotorua, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Eat Street and Polynesian Spa. Skyline Rotorua and Lake Rotorua are also within 3 miles (5 km).

        Peppers On The Point - Lake Rotorua NZ$737
        Peppers On The Point - Lake Rotorua

        Peppers On The Point - Lake Rotorua

        214 Kawaha Point Road, Rotorua
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated on a lake, this luxury lodge is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Lake Rotorua and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Skyline Rotorua. Volcanic Hills Winery and Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park are also within 2 miles (3 km).

          Spacious Contemporary Two-storey Apartment With Expansive Lake Views
          Spacious Contemporary Two-storey Apartment With Expansive Lake Views

          Spacious Contemporary Two-storey Apartment With Expansive Lake Views

          214 Kawaha Point Rd, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty Region
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Rotorua, this villa is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Lake Rotorua and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Skyline Rotorua. Volcanic Hills Winery and Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park are also within 2 miles (3 km).

            Koura Lodge
            Koura Lodge

            Koura Lodge

            209 Kawaha Point Road, Kawaha Point, Rotorua
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Nestled on the beach, this Rotorua lodge is within 2 mi (3 km) of Skyline Rotorua and Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park. Whakarewarewa: The Living Maori Village and Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Pullman Rotorua NZ$209
              Pullman Rotorua

              Pullman Rotorua

              1135 Arawa St, Rotorua
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Rotorua, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Government Gardens and Polynesian Spa. Rotorua Central Mall and Rotorua Hospital are also within 15 minutes.

                Kawaha Point Gem
                Kawaha Point Gem

                Kawaha Point Gem

                199a Kawaha Point Rd, Rotorua, Rotorua
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Rotorua, this holiday home is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Lake Rotorua and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Skyline Rotorua. Volcanic Hills Winery and Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park are also within 2 miles (3 km).