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...

All Seasons Holiday Park

All Seasons Holiday Park

Holiday Park Accommodation - Rotorua

Set on 3 hectares of peaceful parkland, All Seasons Holiday Park features an outdoor swimming pool, tennis court and unique prehistoric themed parklands with large dinosaur figures and educational activities. It is only a 10-minute drive to Rotorua city centre. There is a heated indoor pool and hot tub, for year round swimming.

All accommodation at All Seasons Rotorua Holiday Park offers a private patio, heating and a TV. WiFi access is available. Most apartments also include cooking... More...

Arista of Rotorua

Arista of Rotorua

Motel Accommodation - Rotorua

Arista of Rotorua studios are 20 minutes’ walk from the famous Polynesian Spa. The property features a BBQ area and a pirate ship children’s playground set in lovely gardens. Guests enjoy 3GB of free WIFI per day. Most apartments feature a private hot tub and a private patio.

Arista of Rotorua is 5 minutes’ drive from central Rotorua, and 10 minutes’ drive from Rotorua Airport. Paradise Valley Springs are a 15-minute drive away.

A kitchenette with a microwave and refrigerator is... More...

Regal Palms Resort

Regal Palms Resort

Resort Accommodation - Rotorua

Regal Palms Resort offers a range of studios, suites and apartments, all with cooking facilities and hot tub. Facilities include an outdoor heated swimming pool, sauna and guest lounge/bar with open fireplace.

Each room at Regal Palms Resort includes a private bathroom, flat-screen satellite TV and DVD player. Heating and air conditioning are provided, along with tea/coffee making facilities, microwave and fridge.

All rooms have either an outdoor patio or private balcony. Guests... More...


Clover Downs HomesteadClover Downs Homestead - Bed and Breakfast.

Located in Ngongotaha in the Bay of Plenty Region, 7 km from Agrodome Sheep Show, Clover Downs Homestead boasts a...

Polynesian SpaPolynesian Spa - Attraction - Rotorua.

Polynesian Spa is New Zealand's leading international spa, providing a unique thermal spa experience on the shore of...

 

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