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...

Quest Rotorua Central Apartment Hotel

Quest Rotorua Central Apartment Hotel

Apartment Hotel Accommodation - Rotorua

Opened in November 2012, Quest Rotorua Central is 700 metres from the Polynesian Spa and 1 km from the Rotorua Lake Front. It offers self-contained accommodation with a fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities. Guests enjoy free WiFi. There is secure covered car parking.

All apartments are equipped with an iPod dock and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. The attached kitchen offers a fridge, an oven, a dishwasher and a stove. The executive units boast a private balcony with a... More...

Troutbeck Lodge

Troutbeck Lodge

Guest House Accommodation - Rotorua

Troutbeck Lodge boasts views over Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island. This pet-friendly lodge features a spacious communal balcony area. Guests have access to the motel facilities including free WiFi, parking, a children's playground, trampoline, fruit and barbecue facilities.

Troutbeck Lodge is 5 minutes' drive from the popular Mitai Maoli Village. Rotorua International Airport is a 25-minute drive away. The area is popular for trout fishing.

All air-conditioned rooms have tea and... More...

Solitaire Lodge

Solitaire Lodge

Lodge Accommodation - Rotorua

Solitaire Lodge is a luxurious 5-star property 20 minutes' drive from Rotorua, set on a private peninsula on the shores of Lake Tarawera.

Spacious suites feature modern interiors and stylish furnishings. with views of the lake, the lagoon, or the volcanic summit of Mount Tarawera.

The property features a private helipad for flights over the lake, Mount Tarawera and White Island, New Zealand's only active marine volcano. The Lodge hosts can assist with booking helicopter tours and... More...


Ngamihi LodgeNgamihi Lodge - Bed and Breakfast.

Featuring free WiFi and a sun terrace, Ngamihi Lodge offers bed and breakfast accommodation just 10 km from Rotorua,...

Deluxe Tauranga Family Shore Excursion: Rotorua Geothermal Geyser Tour and Skyline with Luge Rides Combo, Including LunchDeluxe Tauranga Family Shore Excursion: Rotorua Geothermal Geyser Tour and Skyline with Luge Rides Combo, Including Lunch - Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga. Starting from $250.00 per person.

Shore Excursion from the Port of Tauranga to the Te Whakarewrewa Geothermal Valley then a 2 course Lunch followed by...

 

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