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
Luxurious Natural & Sweet house is a holiday home located in Rotorua in the Bay of Plenty Region and is 1.4 km from Rotorua International Stadium. Guests benefit from a terrace. Free private parking is available on site.
The kitchen features a dishwasher, an oven and a microwave, as well as a kettle. Luxurious Natural & Sweet house features free WiFi throughout the property.
Bike hire is available at the property and the area is popular for cycling and hiking. Polynesian Spa is... More...
Holiday Park Accommodation - Rotorua
Featuring relaxing hot mineral pools and an outdoor swimming pool, Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park is 8 minutes’ drive from central Rotorua. Guests enjoy natural bush surroundings, luggage storage and an on-site children’s playground.
Rotorua Holiday Park is 10 minutes' walk from the famous Pohutu Geyser and Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve. It is 10 minutes’ drive from Fairy Springs. ZORB Rotorua and Lake Rotorua are both within 15 minutes’ drive away.
Linked by covered walkways,... More...
Motel Accommodation - Rotorua
Just 200 metres from Lake Rotorua, Ledwich Lodge offers self-contained accommodation offering lovely lake views. It boasts free Wi-Fi, an outdoor swimming pool and a tour desk. Some accommodation offers a spa bath.
Ledwich Lodge Motel is 15 minutes’ walk from the famous Polynesian Spa, and 5 minutes’ drive from Rainbow Springs. Rotorua Airport is a 15-minute drive away.
All apartments are heated, and have a full kitchen with a stove, microwave and refrigerator. Each apartment has... More...
Tickled Trout B&B
- Bed and Breakfast.
Set in Rotorua, 5 km from Rotorua Museum, Tickled Trout B&B boasts a barbecue and ski storage space. Free WiFi is...
Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour
- All-day Coach Tour - Rotorua. Starting from $290.00 per person
Tour Rotorua's most popular geothermal parks and colorful lakes on a day trip led by a local naturalist guide....