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...
Motel Accommodation - Rotorua
Geneva Motor Lodge offers spacious self-contained units with either indoor or outdoor spa tub. It is located in central Rotorua, opposite the Rotorua Racecourse. Free parking on site and free Wi-Fi access are provided.
All rooms at Geneva Lodge Rotorua are spacious and comfortable. Each comes with a spa bath in the en suite bathroom or a hot tub in the private courtyard. Kitchenette facilities, a DVD player and a flat-screen satellite TV are included.
Off-street parking and guest... More...
Hostel Accommodation - Rotorua
Located in Rotorua, 200 metres from Polynesian Spa, Cactus Jacks Backpackers has barbecue facilities and garden. The property is set 600 metres from Tamaki Maori Village and 800 metres from Rotorua Museum. The accommodation features a shared kitchen, and organising tours for guests.
The hostel offers a hot tub. Guests can enjoy 1 GB of free WiFi.
Te Puia is 3 km from Cactus Jacks Backpackers, while Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park is 3 km from the property. Rotorua Airport is 7... More...
Villa Accommodation - Rotorua
Boasting spectacular lake, city and mountain views from the large timber deck, Tihi Retreat is a private home featuring free Wi-Fi and a media room with an incredible sound system and 65-inch flat-screen satellite TV. Central Rotorua is a 10-minute drive away.
The luxury, split-level house has a fully equipped kitchen and an open-plan dining and living area with a gas fireplace and under-floor heating. There are 7 smart TVs throughout the house. The entire first floor is dedicated to the... More...
Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort
- Hotel, Luxury Accommodation, Luxury Resort, Resort.
New Zealand's only Cultural Destination Spa Resort. Stay and indulge yourself in our 4.5 star luxury, lakeside...