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:
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, 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...
Apartment Accommodation - Rotorua
Situated 400 metres from Tamaki Maori Village in Rotorua, this apartment features free WiFi. The apartment is 500 metres from Rotorua Museum.
Polynesian Spa is 700 metres from Lucys Lakeside Home In Rotorua, while Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park is 3.1 km away. The nearest airport is Rotorua Airport, 6 km from the property. More...
Bed and Breakfast Accommodation - Tikitere
Flemington Lake View Bed and Breakfast is situated in Brunswick Park in the Tikitere district, 14 km from Rotorua. Free private parking is available on site.
A flat-screen TV, as well as a CD player are featured. Some units feature a seating area where you can relax. A balcony or patio are featured in certain rooms. Rooms have a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find bathrobes and slippers. Flemington Lake View Bed and Breakfast features free WiFi throughout the... More...
Motel Accommodation - Rotorua
Situated in a central yet quiet location, less than 3 km from Rotorua city centre, Aywon Motel offers spacious and comfortable rooms with satellite TV and free WiFi access.
All rooms at Motel Aywon include a flat-screen TV, central heating and a private bathroom with hairdryer. Most rooms also have a private hot bath.
Continental or cooked breakfast can be arranged. Guest laundry facilities are available. There is free off-street parking directly outside each room.
- Holiday Home.
Summer House is a two bedroom holiday home, located a 20-minute scenic drive from Rotorua CBD and Rotorua Airport. A...
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...