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...

Cosy Cottage Thermal Holiday Park

Cosy Cottage Thermal Holiday Park

Holiday Park Accommodation - Rotorua

Cosy Cottage Thermal Holiday Park is located in the heart of Rotorua in the Bay of Plenty Region. Guests enjoy free access to 3 pure Geo-thermal mineral spa pools, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, barbecue facilities and a children's playground.

All accommodation types have a kitchen/kitchenette fitted with a microwave, toaster, stove top, kettle and refrigerator.

Through the back door, there is a Geo-thermal land reserve and hot water sand lake beach where you can make your own... More...

Jet Park Hotel Rotorua

Jet Park Hotel Rotorua

Hotel Accommodation - Rotorua

Jet Park Hotel Rotorua is ideally situated just a short 5-minute walk from Rotorua town centre. This New Zealand owned and operated hotel offers a wide range of refurbished rooms. The property offers an outdoor pool and a spa.

Guests enjoy a free continental breakfast, complimentary WiFi and free parking. There is also a children's playground.

Jet Park Hotel Rotorua offers 63 refurbished rooms. All rooms have a satellite TV. Some offer a spa bath.

The property is ideally... More...

Clover Downs Homestead

Clover Downs Homestead

Bed and Breakfast Accommodation - Ngongotaha

Located in Ngongotaha in the Bay of Plenty Region, 7 km from Agrodome Sheep Show, Clover Downs Homestead boasts a barbecue and views of the garden. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and free private parking is available on site.

The rooms have a flat-screen TV. Some rooms have a seating area for your convenience. Enjoy a cup of coffee from your balcony or patio. Each room comes with a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a... 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...

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Including Rotorua SightseeingTauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Including Rotorua Sightseeing - Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga. Starting from $256.00 per person.

Enter a world of hobbits and hot pools when your cruise ship is in port in Tauranga. This shore excursion to Middle...

 

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