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...

Luxurious Natural & Sweet house

Luxurious Natural & Sweet house

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...

Kerry's Motel

Kerry's Motel

Motel Accommodation - Rotorua

Free Wi-Fi and free car parking are on offer at Kerry's Motel, situated just 10 minutes’ walk from Rotorua city centre. Each apartment features satellite TV and a kitchenette.

All rooms at Kerry’s Rotorua are serviced daily and include heating, ironing facilities and a private bathroom. The kitchenette features a microwave, toaster, refrigerator and electric kettle.

Guest laundry facilities are available. Cooked and continental breakfasts can be arranged. Free airport transfers... More...

Clover Downs Homestead

Clover Downs Homestead

Bed and Breakfast Accommodation - Hamurana

Located in Hamurana, in a building dating from 1987, Clover Downs Homestead offers barbecue facilities and guestrooms with free WiFi. Among the various facilities of this property are a garden and a terrace. The rooms have a terrace with garden views.

The units in the bed and breakfast are equipped with a coffee machine. Each room comes with a private bathroom. At Clover Downs Homestead, rooms have a seating area.

A continental breakfast is available every morning at the... 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...

Kawarau Jet - Speed, Spins and AdrenalineKawarau Jet - Speed, Spins and Adrenaline - Jet Boating - Rotorua.

Welcome to Kawarau Jet, based on the shores of scenic Lake Rotorua, New Zealand. If ever a tourism operator lived up to...


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