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...

Moose Lodge Estate

Moose Lodge Estate

Lodge Accommodation - Tikitere

Moose Lodge Estate offers accommodation with a garden and free WiFi, and is set in Tikitere.

Some units feature a balcony and/or patio.

A Full English/Irish breakfast is served every morning at the property.

Guests can make use of the hot spring bath.

There is a shared lounge at this property and guests can go canoeing nearby.

Rotorua is 18 km from the lodge, while Mount Maunganui is 49 km from the property. The nearest airport is Rotorua Regional Airport, 11... More...

Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel

Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel

Hotel Accommodation - Rotorua

Perfectly positioned on the edge of Lake Rotorua, Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel offers a solar-heated swimming pool, a sauna and free Wi-Fi. All rooms boast a fireplace, free a la carte breakfast and views of the lake, pool or rose garden.

The luxurious rooms include an espresso coffee machine, an iPod dock, a flat-screen TV and a DVD player. You can enjoy the monsoon rain shower and the luxury bath products provided.

Set on 1 acre of manicured gardens, Lakeside Black Swan... More...

Country Space

Country Space

Homestay Accommodation - Okere Falls

Country Space is located in Okere Falls. This homestay features air-conditioned accommodation with free WiFi.

The homestay is fitted with a flat-screen TV. The bathroom is equipped with a shower.

Fishing can be enjoyed nearby.

Rotorua is 13 km from the homestay, while Mount Maunganui is 44 km away. The nearest airport is Rotorua Regional Airport, 10 km from Country Space. More...


Wai Ora Lakeside Spa ResortWai 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...

Wai-O-Tapu : Lady Knox Geyser : Champagne Lake : Polynesian Spa Resort: Combo Day Tour RotoruaWai-O-Tapu : Lady Knox Geyser : Champagne Lake : Polynesian Spa Resort: Combo Day Tour Rotorua - Day Tour - Rotorua. Starting from $174.00 per person.

Combine two of Rotorua's most popular attractions on this full-day small group tour from Rotorua.

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