Lake Tikitapu

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Lake Tikitapu featuring a lake or waterhole and landscape views

Explore one of the region’s most beautiful lakes and relax on the beach beside the sparkling water.

Lake Tikitapu is also known as “Blue Lake”, because of its gorgeous sapphire waters. Lie out in the sun on the lakeside beach and cool off with a refreshing dip in the waters. Stride along the scenic walking trail and take in panoramic views of the lake.

Bring food and drinks with you and spend a day in the idyllic surroundings. Set up a base on the beach at the north end or make use of the barbecue facilities and cook a feast for your family and friends. From the picnic area above the beach, you can look down over the forest-encircled lake. Notice its striking colour; a bed of pumice and rhyolite makes the water in this collapsed volcano crater glow a deep shade of blue.

Paddle around in the lake’s calm, clean water. If you enjoy fishing, keep your feet dry and take advantage of the excellent angling on offer here instead. Rainbow trout inhabit the water and are particularly abundant between May and August when they spawn close to the shoreline.

Stretch your legs during a stroll around the lake. The woodland trail that forms a loop is just over 6 kilometres (3 miles) long and will take approximately an hour to complete. Watch for native birds such as tuis and fantails. Stop at the southeast end to marvel at the strange green waters of Lake Rotokakahi and admire the magnificent views from the lookout point on the southwest corner.

Lake Tikitapu is a 15-minute drive southeast of Rotorua. Find parking at the northern end of the lake as well as toilets and a children’s playground. Additional parking is available at the southern end between the two lakes. The lake is popular for boating and waterskiing and regularly hosts events.

518 Cheap Hotels Near Lake Tikitapu

Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park
Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park
3 out of 5
723 Tarawera Rd, Lake Okareka
The price is NZ$109 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Situated on a lake, this holiday park is within 9 mi (15 km) of Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest, Tamaki Maori Village and Rotorua Night Market. Blue Baths and ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (12 reviews)
"Lovely place, everything I needed, lovely staff"

Reviewed on 5 Jun. 2021

Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park
Stylish + Modern - Lake Okareka
Stylish + Modern - Lake Okareka
11 Benn Road, Lake Okareka, Lake Okareka, Bay of Plenty Region
This family-friendly Lake Okareka holiday home is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Lake Okareka, Lake Tikitapu and Whakarewarewa Hot Springs. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (12 reviews)
Lake getaway
"Lovely spot very close to the lake"

Reviewed on 22 Jan. 2022

Stylish + Modern - Lake Okareka
Charming Holiday Hideaway near the Lake
Charming Holiday Hideaway near the Lake
19 Summit Road, Lake Okareka, Bay of Plenty Region
The price is NZ$162 per night from 16 Feb. to 17 Feb.
This family-friendly Lake Okareka apartment building is located in a rural location, within 2 mi (3 km) of Lake Okareka, Lake Tikitapu and Whakarewarewa Hot ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (59 reviews)
Enjoyable getaway. Cosy little place.
"The free range eggs were a lovely touch. Great place to stay."

Reviewed on 19 Jan. 2022

Charming Holiday Hideaway near the Lake
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 Tikitapu Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park
Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park
3 out of 5
723 Tarawera Rd, Lake Okareka
The price is NZ$109 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park
Stylish + Modern - Lake Okareka
Stylish + Modern - Lake Okareka
11 Benn Road, Lake Okareka, Lake Okareka, Bay of Plenty Region
Stylish + Modern - Lake Okareka
Charming Holiday Hideaway near the Lake
Charming Holiday Hideaway near the Lake
19 Summit Road, Lake Okareka, Bay of Plenty Region
The price is NZ$162 per night from 16 Feb. to 17 Feb.
Charming Holiday Hideaway near the Lake
Lake Okareka Quiet Haven
Lake Okareka Quiet Haven
Summit Road, Lake Okareka, Lake Okareka, Bay of Plenty Region
Lake Okareka Quiet Haven
Lake View Okareka - Lake Okareka Holiday Home
Lake View Okareka - Lake Okareka Holiday Home
10 Okareka Loop Road, Lake Okareka, Bay of Plenty Region
Lake View Okareka - Lake Okareka Holiday Home
Retreat on the Ridge - Stunning Bush Clad Setting - Beautiful Lake Views
Retreat on the Ridge - Stunning Bush Clad Setting - Beautiful Lake Views
4 Ridge Road, Lake Okareka, Bay of Plenty Region
Retreat on the Ridge - Stunning Bush Clad Setting - Beautiful Lake Views
Retreat on the Ridge
Retreat on the Ridge
3.5 out of 5
4 Ridge Road, Lake Okareka, Rotorua
Retreat on the Ridge
Okareka Lakestay - Sleeps 8 Newly Renovated
Okareka Lakestay - Sleeps 8 Newly Renovated
37 Okareka Loop Road, Lake Okareka, Bay of Plenty Region
Okareka Lakestay - Sleeps 8 Newly Renovated
Okareka Escape - Private Apartment with Lake Views @ Lake Okareka
Okareka Escape - Private Apartment with Lake Views @ Lake Okareka
59 Acacia Rd, A, Lake Okareka, Bay of Plenty Region
Okareka Escape - Private Apartment with Lake Views @ Lake Okareka
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.