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

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...

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...

Flemington Lake View Bed and Breakfast

Flemington Lake View Bed and Breakfast

Bed and Breakfast Accommodation - Tikitere

Flemington Lake View Bed and Breakfast is situated in Brunswick Park in the Tikitere district, 14 km from Rotorua. Free private parking is available on site.

A flat-screen TV, as well as a CD player are featured. Some units feature a seating area where you can relax. A balcony or patio are featured in certain rooms. Rooms have a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find bathrobes and slippers. Flemington Lake View Bed and Breakfast features free WiFi throughout the... More...

Zodiac Bay Lake Retreat

Zodiac Bay Lake Retreat

Holiday Home Accommodation - Rotorua

Less than 10 minutes’ drive from central Rotorua, Zodiac Bay Lake Retreat offers private accommodation with free WiFi, free bicycles and free kayaks. Enjoy lovely lake views whilst relaxing on your patio.

The spacious house boasts a Smart flat-screen TV with Netflix. The fully equipped kitchen has a dishwasher and coffee machine. It has 2 bathrooms, 1 with a relaxing spa bath.

Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park is a 5-minute drive from Zodiac Bay Retreat. The Rotorua Museum is a... More...

Waiteti Trout Stream Holiday Park

Waiteti Trout Stream Holiday Park

Holiday Park Accommodation - Ngongotaha

Set amongst 2 acres of mature trees and gardens, this holiday park features a hot spa pool, children's playground and a games room with satellite TV. You can fish in the stream and enjoy free use of kayaks.

Located on the banks of the Waiteti Trout Fishing Stream, the holiday park sells fishing licences and can rent fishing equipment. Free dinghys are available, along with a fish cleaning and smoking area.

Waiteti Trout Stream Holiday Park is a 5-minute walk along the stream from... More...


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New Zealand's only Cultural Destination Spa Resort. Stay and indulge yourself in our 4.5 star luxury, lakeside...

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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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