Lake Tarawera - Tarawera Lake Rotorua New Zealand. Tragedy shaped this remarkably beautiful lake into the broad, branching lake it is today. The 1886 Tarawera eruption raised the lake by 12 meters.

Lake Tarawera

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!


This week's featured accommodation at Lake Tarawera is:

Featured Accommodation

Lake Tarawera Luxury Lodge

Lake Tarawera Luxury Lodge

Holiday Home Accommodation - Lake Tarawera

Lake Tarawera Luxury Lodge is set in Lake Tarawera. The accommodation is 20 km from Rotorua, and guests benefit from complimentary WiFi and private parking available on site. The holiday home is composed of 4 separate bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven, and 1 bathroom. A TV is featured. The nearest airport is Rotorua Regional Airport, 22 km from the holiday home. More...

te Whare -Lake Tarawera tree-top nest

te Whare -Lake Tarawera tree-top nest

Bed and Breakfast Accommodation - Lake Tarawera

Boasting a spa bath, te Whare -Lake Tarawera tree-top nest is situated in Lake Tarawera. The accommodation is 21 km from Rotorua, and guests benefit from complimentary WiFi and private parking available on site. The bed and breakfast with a patio and lake views has 1 bedroom, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchenette with a microwave and a fridge, and 1 bathroom with a hot tub. Guests at the bed and breakfast can enjoy a continental breakfast. There is a children's playground and... More...


Lake Tarawera Luxury LodgeLake Tarawera Luxury Lodge - Holiday Home.

Lake Tarawera Luxury Lodge is set in Lake Tarawera. The accommodation is 20 km from Rotorua, and guests benefit from...

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