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...
Motel Accommodation - Rotorua
Jack & Di's Lakefront Resort Motel is set on 1-acre of gardens, offering views of Lake Rotorua and within walking distance of Waiteti trout fishing stream. Guests can watch the sun rise, stroll along the beach or explore the river by kayak. Free WiFi and free onsite parking is provided.
Each of the self-contained apartments are air-conditioned and have a heat pump. All include a fully equipped kitchen, a dining area, lounge area with a sofa and TV. Tea and coffee is provided.... More...
Holiday Home Accommodation - Rotorua
Set in Rotorua, just a 17-minute walk from Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park, Sweet Home Rotorua offers accommodation with a garden and free WiFi. This property is 3.7 km from Polynesian Spa.
The holiday home features 5 bedrooms, a kitchen with a dishwasher, a washing machine, and a bathroom. A flat-screen TV with cable channels and a DVD player are provided.
A continental breakfast is served daily at the property.
Rotorua Museum is 3.9 km from Sweet Home Rotorua, while... More...
Motel Accommodation - Rotorua
Set in landscaped grounds, Tuscany Villas Rotorua offers elegant rooms with spa baths and free Wi-Fi. A 15-minute walk from Rotorua’s city centre, this hotel has a hot tub and free parking.
Tuscany Villas Rotorua Heritage Collection is about one km from the Rotorua Golf Club and Arikikapapa Reserve. It is a 14-minute drive from Rotorua Regional Airport.
Decorated in neutral shades, self-contained studios and suites have a kitchenette and dining area. A flat-screen cable TV, DVD... More...
- Bed and Breakfast.
Offering a seasonal outdoor pool, barbecue and a cedar hot tub on the lake patio, Athena Lakeside is set in Rotorua,...
Buried Village of Te Wairoa Tour
- Historic - Rotorua. Starting from $30.00 per person
Experience New Zealand's most visited archaeological site, and hear stories of the 1886 Mt. Tarawera eruption. This...