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...
Holiday Home Accommodation - Rotorua
Complete with a garden and a shared lounge, Letgo Lodge is set in Rotorua, 2.9 km from Rotorua Museum and 3 km from Tamaki Maori Village. The Te Puia is within 3.4 km of the holiday home.
Opening onto a balcony, this holiday home comes with 4 separate bedrooms. The kitchen is fitted with a dishwasher.
If you would like to discover the area, cycling is possible in the surroundings.
Polynesian Spa is 3.5 km from the holiday home. The nearest airport is Rotorua Regional... More...
Holiday Home Accommodation - Rotorua
Sweet Retreat, featuring a garden and a terrace, is situated in Rotorua, 3 km from Rotorua International Stadium and 3.5 km from Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park. Guests may enjoy free WiFi.
This holiday home has 4 bedrooms, a living room and a fully equipped kitchen. The holiday home also offers a seating area as well as a bathroom with a bath and a shower.
Paradise Valley Springs is 4.2 km from the holiday home. Rotorua Regional Airport is 11 km away. More...
Motel Accommodation - Rotorua
Offering free WiFi, a day spa and a private hot mineral pool, Aaryn Court Motel is located in Rotorua, just a few minutes' walk from restaurants and shops. Each room features a kitchenette and cable TV. The Polynesian Spa is just 1 km away.
All accommodation offers a fully equipped kitchen, garden views and free on-site parking. Your private bathroom offers a bathtub or shower and a hairdryer. At Aaryn Court Motel you will find a garden with BBQ facilities.
Aaryn Court Motel is... More...
VR Rotorua Lake Resort
Set on 6 acres on the shores of the beautiful Lake Rotoiti, VR Rotorua Lake Resort is located is just 15 minutes’ drive...
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...