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...

Mokoia Downs B&B

Mokoia Downs B&B

Bed and Breakfast Accommodation - Rotorua

Offering free full breakfast, free Wi-Fi and an outdoor pool, Mokoia Downs Estate B&B is situated on 5-acres of beautiful farmland. It is just a 15-minute drive from Rotorua Town Centre. The B&B is just a 20-minute drive from both Rotorua International Stadium and Rotorua Regional Airport. It is a 25-minute drive from Mount Ngongotaha Scenic Reserve. All rooms feature a patio with outdoor furniture. They offer a refrigerator and an electric kettle. The bathroom includes luxurious bath robes and... More...

ASURE Palm Court Motor Inn

ASURE Palm Court Motor Inn

Motel Accommodation - Rotorua

Just 5 minutes’ drive from the heart of Rotorua, ASURE Palm Court Motor Inn offers self-contained accommodation with a spa pool. Guests enjoy BBQ facilities and 1GB free WiFi daily. All rooms are heated, and have a well-equipped kitchenette with a microwave and refrigerator. Each room has spacious seating and dining areas. Facilities include a guest laundry and luggage storage services. The tour desk can recommend local attractions and help guests with travel arrangements. ASURE Palm Court... More...

CHEAP-AS 1 STAR

CHEAP-AS 1 STAR

Guest House Accommodation - Rotorua

Boasting a garden and free WiFi, CHEAP-AS 1 STAR is a budget-style guest house situated in Rotorua, 1.5 km from Rotorua International Stadium and 2.4 km from Te Puia. The property is set 2.8 km from Polynesian Spa and 3.5 km from Tamaki Maori Village. Local points of interest like Rotorua Museum and Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park are reachable within 3.9 km and 5 km, respectively. At CHEAP-AS 1 STAR the kitchen, bathroom and separate toilet are shared between 4 rooms. The driveway and... More...


Tihi RetreatTihi Retreat - Villa.

Boasting spectacular lake, city and mountain views from the large timber deck, Tihi Retreat is a private home featuring...

White Island Helicopter Flight and Volcano Walking TourWhite Island Helicopter Flight and Volcano Walking Tour - Helicopter Tour - Rotorua. Starting from $935.00 per person.

Fly by helicopter to White Island, and slip past steaming volcanic vents and colorful sulfur formations on a guided...

 

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