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...

Fishermans_hut

Fishermans_hut

Apartment Accommodation - Rotorua

Located 4.1 km from Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park, Fishermans_hut offers accommodation in Rotorua. Offering free private parking, the apartment is 5 km from Lake Rotorua. Free WiFi is featured .

The kitchen has a dishwasher and an oven, as well as a kettle. Towels and bed linen are provided in this self-catering accommodation. Other facilities at Fishermans_hut include a barbecue.

Polynesian Spa is 7 km from Fishermans_hut, while Rotorua Museum is 7 km away. The nearest... More...

Emerald Spa Motor Inn

Emerald Spa Motor Inn

Motel Accommodation - Rotorua

Featuring stylish rooms with free WiFi, a spa bath and a flat-screen TV with 50 cable channels, Emerald Spa Motor Inn is just 2 kilometres from Lake Rotorua. It offers a heated outdoor pool, massage services and a fitness centre.

The quiet, soundproofed rooms feature air conditioning and a kitchenette or kitchen with a microwave and refrigerator. The private bathroom features a hairdryer and guest toiletries.

Rotorua Emerald Spa Motor Inn is 20 minutes’ walk from central Rotorua,... More...

Union Victoria Motel

Union Victoria Motel

Motel Accommodation - Rotorua

Located less than 1 km from Rotorua city centre, Union Victoria Motel offers rooms with heating and satellite TV. Guests have access to a geothermal swimming pool and spa pool. Guests enjoy limited free Wi-Fi.

The self-contained accommodation at Motel Union Victoria includes a fully equipped kitchen. Guest laundry facilities are also available.

Free off-street parking is provided. The games room features a pool table, darts and a large flat-screen TV. Bicycles are available for... 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...

Rotorua Duck Tours - City and Lakes TourRotorua Duck Tours - City and Lakes Tour - Duck Tours - Rotorua. Starting from $68.00 per person.

Discover Rotorua on a unique 90 minute sightseeing adventure onboard a WWII amphibious vehicle able to travel on land...

 

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