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Lake Rotorua
Holiday Travel Guide

Lake Rotorua featuring a lake or waterhole and a park as well as a small group of people
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.

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.

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531 Cheap Hotels Near Lake Rotorua

Prince's Gate Hotel
Prince's Gate Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1057 Arawa Street, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
The price is NZ$123 per night from 1 Jul. to 1 Jul.
This family-friendly Rotorua hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Rotorua i-SITE Visitor Centre and Polynesian Spa. Skyline Rotorua ...
4.2/5Excellent! (978 reviews)
"Lovely tidy old style hotel"

Reviewed on 15 Jun. 2021

Prince's Gate Hotel
Pullman Rotorua
Pullman Rotorua
5 out of 5
1135 Arawa St, Rotorua
The price is NZ$239 per night from 21 Jun. to 21 Jun.
Situated in Rotorua, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Government Gardens and Polynesian Spa. Rotorua Central Mall and Rotorua Hospital are ...
4/5Very Good! (90 reviews)
"Very clean and modern hotel."

Reviewed on 31 May 2021

Pullman Rotorua
Peppers On The Point - Lake Rotorua
Peppers On The Point - Lake Rotorua
5 out of 5
214 Kawaha Point Road, Rotorua
The price is NZ$675 per night from 10 Jul. to 10 Jul.
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 ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (59 reviews)
Fabulous Place to Stay
"We stayed at Peppers on the Point for two nights on our “staycation”. We were absolutely thrilled with this little gem. Service was excellent, food beautiful and there is a lovely lounge area which is ideal to talk to other guests for a pre-dinner drink etc. We would certainly recommend this lovely ..."

Reviewed on 26 Sep. 2020

Peppers On The Point - Lake Rotorua
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 Rotorua Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Prince's Gate Hotel
Prince's Gate Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1057 Arawa Street, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
The price is NZ$123 per night from 1 Jul. to 1 Jul.
Prince's Gate Hotel
Pullman Rotorua
Pullman Rotorua
5 out of 5
1135 Arawa St, Rotorua
The price is NZ$239 per night from 21 Jun. to 21 Jun.
Pullman Rotorua
Peppers On The Point - Lake Rotorua
Peppers On The Point - Lake Rotorua
5 out of 5
214 Kawaha Point Road, Rotorua
The price is NZ$675 per night from 10 Jul. to 10 Jul.
Peppers On The Point - Lake Rotorua
Koura Lodge
Koura Lodge
5 out of 5
209 Kawaha Point Road, Kawaha Point, Rotorua
The price is NZ$358 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
Koura Lodge
Lake Rotorua Hotel
Lake Rotorua Hotel
4 out of 5
131 Lake Road, Koutu, Rotorua
The price is NZ$127 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
Lake Rotorua Hotel
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
Spacious Contemporary Two-storey Apartment With Expansive Lake Views
Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort
Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort
77 Robinson Avenue, Holden's Bay, Rotorua
The price is NZ$126 per night from 28 Jun. to 28 Jun.
Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
4.5 out of 5
1270 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua
The price is NZ$170 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Kawaha Point Gem
Kawaha Point Gem
3.5 out of 5
199a Kawaha Point Rd, Rotorua, Rotorua
Kawaha Point Gem
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.