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...

Lakeside City Lodge

Lakeside City Lodge

Guest House Accommodation - Rotorua

Lakeside City Lodge is ideally situated to make the most of Rotorua. The property is just a 3-minute walk from the lakefront reserve, 500 metres from Kuirau Park, and a 5-minute walk from Eat Street offering a range of culinary delights. The Lodge is a shared facility which offers private rooms with en suite bathrooms. Kitchen, dining and living areas are shared with other guests. Guests may help themselves to free self-serve breakfast provisions including cereal, tea and toast provided in the... More...

Base Rotorua

Base Rotorua

Hostel Accommodation - Rotorua

BASE Rotorua is located in the town centre and overlooks Kuirau Geothermal Park. It is a 2-minute walk from the lake. The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool and free parking subject to availability. The hostel offers shared dormitory accommodation, as well as private en suite rooms. There is also a courtyard area, to relax in. The hostel offers local travel advice. The staff can arrange excursions and offer discounts. The bar has a large-screen TV and sun deck. There is a DJ most evenings.... More...

Azalea Lodge

Azalea Lodge

Holiday Home Accommodation - Rotorua

Located just 1.5 km from Rotorua International Stadium, Azalea Lodge provides accommodation in Rotorua with access to a shared lounge, a garden, as well as a shared kitchen. This property offers access to a balcony, free private parking and free WiFi. The holiday home features 3 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 1 bathroom with a hot tub. A barbecue and a terrace are provided at the holiday home. Te Puia is 4.1 km from... More...


Rotorua Coachman Spa MotelRotorua Coachman Spa Motel - Motel.

Just 5 minutes’ drive from central Rotorua, Rotorua Coachman Spa Motel offers self-contained accommodation with a...

Parasailing on Lake RotoruaParasailing on Lake Rotorua - Parasailing & Paragliding - Rotorua. Starting from $85.00 per person.

Soar up to 400 feet (120 meters) in the air above stunning Lake Rotorua. See what the birds see and get a 360-degree,...

 

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