Rotorua Lakes - Lakes near Rotorua New Zealand. Sometimes described as the Lakes District of the North Island, the Rotorua region has an abundance of picturesque waterways, including 16 lakes of varying sizes.

Rotorua Lakes

Sometimes described as the Lakes District of the North Island, Rotorua is a region of picturesque waterways, including 16 lakes of varying sizes, formed by the volcanic activity of the Central Plateau. The lakes range from magnificent Lake Rotorua, formed in a volcanic depression or 'caldera', to Lake Rotokawau, a small crater lake. The most magnificent example of bodies of water being volcanically sculptured is Lake Taupo, the largest lake in the North Island, the second deepest in New Zealand, and the enduringly beautiful leftover of a large scale eruption.

Activities are plentiful, as is the fishing! 15 of the region's lakes boast trout of three varieties, rainbow, brown and brook, and the lakes are abundant in great spots for picnics and swimming. From pleasurable cruises aboard vessels ranging from the spectacular Lakeland Queen to the fun WWII amphibious vehicle, the lakes of Rotorua offer visitors a diverse and enjoyable experience for the whole family.


The Lakes


Lake Rotorua

The second largest lake in the North Island, the city of Rotorua lies at its Southern-most point.

Lake Rotoiti, Rotoehu & Rotoma

Surrounded by native bush, these lakes are popular holiday destinations.

Lake Okataina

With sandy beaches and crystal blue sparkling water, this is one of New Zealand’s most magnificent lakes.

Lake Tarawera

The largest of the lakes that are nestled beneath Mount Tarawera, home to Hot Water Beach.

Lake Tikitapu and Lake Rotokakahi (The Blue and Green Lakes)

Tikitapu and Rotokakahi are two small lakes lying between Lake Rotorua and Lake Tarawera, nick-named for their brilliant blue and green hues.

Lake Rotomahana

The deepest of the Rotorua lakes, featuring steaming rock walls and the purest strain of rainbow trout in the world.

Lake Rerewhakaaitu

The only lake in the region surrounded by flat land and a popular camping destination.


See a complete list of the Rotorua region accommodation.

This week's featured accommodation at the Rotorua region is:

Featured Accommodation

Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort

Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort

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...

Hairy Berry Backpacker Hostel

Hairy Berry Backpacker Hostel

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...

East West Studio Apartments

East West Studio Apartments

Apartment Accommodation - Rotorua

Featuring a geothermally heated swimming pool, East West Studio Apartments offers self-contained apartments or B&B options just 1 km from Lake Rotorua. All upper-floor rooms include a flat-screen TV with free-to-air or satellite channels. Free parking is available on site. East West Studio Apartments Rotorua are 10 minutes’ walk from the famous Polynesian Spa, and 5 minutes’ drive from the Rotorua Museum of Art & History. Rotorua International Airport is a 15-minute drive away. All rooms... More...

Unwind in Paradise Valley

Unwind in Paradise Valley

Holiday Home Accommodation - Rotorua

Boasting garden views, Unwind in Paradise Valley provides accommodation with a patio and a kettle, around 80 metres from Paradise Valley Springs. With mountain views, this accommodation features a balcony. Featuring a Blu-ray player, the holiday home has a kitchen with a dishwasher, a microwave and a fridge, a living room, a dining area, 1 bedroom, and 1 bathroom with a shower. A flat-screen TV and DVD player are provided. The holiday home offers a terrace. Guests at Unwind in Paradise Valley... More...

Six On Union Motel

Six On Union Motel

Motel Accommodation - Rotorua

Situated in a quiet tree-lined street in Rotorua, next to Central Mall, Rotorua's main shopping mall, Six On Union Motel features a swimming pool, spa pool and free WiFi. Each room has a free PC computer. Six On Union Rotorua is 5 minutes' walk from a range of restaurants and bars and 10 minutes' walk from both Rotorua city centre and lake. It is 3 km from Te Puia and a 5-minute drive from Rotorua Museum and the Polynesian Spa. Free private parking is available on site. Each spacious apartment... More...


Hairy Berry Backpacker HostelHairy Berry Backpacker Hostel - Backpacker, House Share, Student Accommodation.

"Feels like home" So come Stay & Play in the Bay... clean, friendly, relaxed... peaceful & quiet, situated between...

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Geothermal Geyser Tour and Polynesian Spa Combo Including LunchTauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Geothermal Geyser Tour and Polynesian Spa Combo Including Lunch - Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga. Starting from $199.00 per person.

Join us on a luxury journey of discovery with this full-day combo tour from Tauranga. This tour is conducted in a...

 

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