Tragedy shaped this remarkably beautiful lake into the broad, branching lake it is
today. The 1886 Tarawera eruption raised the lake by 12 meters, drowning a small valley
between lava flows. Te Wairoa, the Buried Village, lies close by the southwest shore.
Over 100 years later the landscape around the fiery mountain, Tarawera, is lush, green
and blissfully peaceful.
Lake Tarawera Scenic Reserve is an excellent spot for fishing, boating, bush walking,
picnicking and mountain biking. Tarawera Landing, eight kilometres from Rotorua, is
where scenic boat trips depart from and is a short walk from an archeological site of
Maori cave drawings. These are an important part of New Zealand’s history and must be
respected as such.
There are a number of incredible walks through native bush to spectacular waterfalls
that burst from fissures in the rock face in the area. Be sure to collect information
from the Rotorua Visitors Centre as some of the Department of Conservation walks in the
area require permits which cost a small fee of around NZ$3.50.
The setting for one of New Zealand’s premier lodges, Solitaire Lodge, Lake Tarawera
is a fantastic, romantic, adventurous location to holiday. Accommodation for everyone,
from those seeking sublime luxury to those wanting a taste of nature, is available at
Lake Tarawera, including the camping ground at Hot Water Beach - Te Rata Bay. This
campsite is accessible only by boat and there is a ferry which will take you there.
Natural hot springs beneath the sand bubble up creating warm, and in some places hot,
sand where you may dig yourself a sandy, heated outdoor bath right beside the lake!
See a complete list of the Rotorua region accommodation.
This week's featured accommodation at the Rotorua region is:
Hotel, Luxury Accommodation, Luxury Resort, Resort - Rotorua
Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort - New Zealand's only Cultural Destination Spa Resort. Stay and indulge yourself in our 4.5 star luxury, lakeside Rotorua accommodation. After a long day of exploring Rotorua, pamper yourself in our internationally acclaimed Wai Ora Day Spa with complimentary use of hot mineral pools, and kawakawa infused sauna & steam room.
About the Resort
Located on the shores of Lake Rotorua, this luxury hotel is just a 3-minute drive from Rotorua Airport. A... More...
Backpacker, House Share, Student Accommodation - Te Puke
"Feels like home" So come Stay & Play in the Bay... clean, friendly, relaxed... peaceful & quiet, situated right on the corner No 1 Road, Te Puke and the Pacific Coast Highway, between Tauranga and Rotorua. Perfect if you are looking for comfortable budget accommodation. An ideal stop-over for individuals and groups of 12 - 60 people. Te Puke is one of NZ's best locations in the Bay of Plenty, if you want to get away from the Rat race but still be only a short drive to everything. We are... More...
Hotel Accommodation - Rotorua
Jet Park Hotel Rotorua is ideally situated just a short 5-minute walk from Rotorua town centre. This New Zealand owned and operated hotel offers a wide range of refurbished rooms. The property offers an outdoor pool and a spa.
Guests enjoy a free continental breakfast, complimentary WiFi and free parking. There is also a children's playground.
Jet Park Hotel Rotorua offers 63 refurbished rooms. All rooms have a satellite TV. Some offer a spa bath.
The property is ideally... More...
Bed and Breakfast Accommodation - Rotorua
Situated 500 metres from Rotorua International Stadium, KARANDA BnB provides accommodation with free WiFi in Rotorua. The property is around 2.8 km from Te Puia, 3.4 km from Polynesian Spa and 4 km from Tamaki Maori Village. The property is set 4.3 km from Rotorua Museum.
At the bed and breakfast, the rooms are fitted with a desk. With a shared bathroom, certain units at KARANDA BnB also boast a lake view. At the accommodation each room is equipped with a wardrobe and a flat-screen... More...
Hostel Accommodation - Rotorua
Featuring a geothermally heated swimming pool, a restaurant and BBQ facilities, The Backyard Inn is located on 4 acres of land in the heart of Rotorua. Just 15 minutes’ walk from Lake Rotorua, it offers heated rooms with garden views.
The Backyard Inn is 3 minutes’ walk from Rotorua Aquatic Centre and the Geothermal Kuirau Park. Rotorua International Airport is a 15-minute drive away.
You can relax in the communal lounge or prepare a meal in the shared kitchen. The tour desk can... More...
- Holiday Home.
Situated in Atiamuri, Atiamuri Batch features a private pool. The holiday home is in an area where guests can engage in...
Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights
- Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga. Starting from $149.00 per person
Take in the highlights of New Zealand's most beautiful city, Rotorua, when your cruise ship docks in Tauranga. Receive...