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...

Tihi Retreat

Tihi Retreat

Villa Accommodation - Rotorua

Boasting spectacular lake, city and mountain views from the large timber deck, Tihi Retreat is a private home featuring free Wi-Fi and a media room with an incredible sound system and 60-inch flat-screen satellite TV. Central Rotorua is a 10-minute drive away.

The luxury, split-level house has a fully equipped kitchen and an open-plan dining and living area with a gas fireplace and under-floor heating. The entire first floor is dedicated to the master suite, featuring a private balcony,... More...

Lakeview Holiday Home

Lakeview Holiday Home

Holiday Home Accommodation - Rotorua

Offering a barbecue and spa centre, Lakeview Holiday Home is located in Rotorua. The pet-friendly accommodation is air conditioned and features a spa bath. Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park is 1.7 km away. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and free private parking is available on site.

The accommodation is equipped with a seating and dining area. Some units include a terrace and/or balcony. There is also a kitchen, equipped with a dishwasher. An oven and kettle are also... More...

Sport Of Kings Motel

Sport Of Kings Motel

Motel Accommodation - Rotorua

Featuring free Wi-Fi, an outdoor thermally heated swimming pool, and rooms with private spa pools, Sport of Kings Motel is just 10 minutes' walk from Te Puia Thermal Reserve. Guests enjoy 1 free parking space per room, and BBQ facilities set amongst landscaped gardens.

Sport of Kings Rotorua is 5 minutes’ drive from central Rotorua and Polynesian Spa, 10 minutes’ drive from Rotorua Airport and 5 minutes ride to world famous mountain biking trails at Te Puia Geyserfield and the... 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 Full Day Tour Including Maori Culture Geysers Mudpools and Mt MaunganuiRotorua Full Day Tour Including Maori Culture Geysers Mudpools and Mt Maunganui - Maori - Tauranga. Starting from $159.00 per person.

Sit back and enjoy this tour with a local guide and discover Tauranga, Mount Maunganui and Rotorua. See all the local...

 

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