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...

Kowhai & Colonial Motel

Kowhai & Colonial Motel

Motel Accommodation - Rotorua

Guests at Kowhai and Colonial Motel can relax in one of 2 natural hot mineral pools or in the 10-metre heated swimming pool. Each studio and apartment includes digital satellite TV and free WiFi access.

Located opposite the Kuirau Geothermal Park, this motel is only 150 metres from restaurants and cafes in Rotorua city centre. Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve is a 15-minute drive away.

Heating and tea/coffee making facilities are included in each unit. Most also include self-catering... More...

Aorangi Peak Holiday House

Aorangi Peak Holiday House

Holiday Home Accommodation - Rotorua

Set on 14 acres of farmland, Aorangi Peak Holiday House boasts panoramic views of Rotorua, an on-site deer farm and a restaurant. All accommodation offers a balcony and a fully equipped kitchen.

Aorangi Holiday House offers views over Mokoia Island, Lake Rotorua and Mt Tawerewa. It is a 15-minute drive from central Rotorua and Zorb Rotorua. Rotorua Airport is 30 minutes' drive away.

Each split-level cottage features 4-bedroom, 2 en suite bathrooms and a laundry. Guests can enjoy... More...

Dawn Magic Retreat

Dawn Magic Retreat

Bed and Breakfast Accommodation - Ngongotaha

Located in Hamurana, Lake Rotorua, a rural area, Dawn Magic Retreat offers B&B-style accommodation. Free private parking and free WiFi are available on-site.

You will find a shared kitchen at the property and each room has access to shared bathroom facilities. There are 2 friendly dogs and a cat, that live on-site.

Dawn Magic Retreat is 7 minutes' drive from Ngongotaha and Rotorua Airport is 18 minutes' drive away. 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...

Claybird Shooting from RotoruaClaybird Shooting from Rotorua - Shooting Range - Rotorua. Starting from $65.00 per person.

Experience the thrill of claybird shooting with our qualified instructors. There are a range of guns available,...

 

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