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...

Panorama Lodge

Panorama Lodge

Villa Accommodation - Rotorua

Featuring a garden, Panorama Lodge is a detached villa located in Rotorua in the Bay of Plenty Region. The villa is equipped with air conditioning and free WiFi. Free private parking is available on site.

The unit is fitted with a kitchen. Other facilities at Panorama Lodge include a terrace.

Rotorua International Stadium is 2.4 km from Panorama Lodge, while Polynesian Spa is 4.1 km from the property. The nearest airport is Rotorua Airport, 10 km from the property. More...

Aura Accommodation

Aura Accommodation

Motel Accommodation - Rotorua

Aura Accommodation (Formally Havana Motor Lodge), is centrally located, 3 minutes' walk from the lake front, 4 minutes' walk from the famous Eat Streat and 9 minutes' walk from both Government Gardens and Rotorua Museum.

Guests staying at Aura Accommodation can enjoy summer, bathing in the large outdoor geothermal heated swimming pool or fire up the BBQ on a beautiful Rotorua evening. The property is within walking distance of all the central city attractions and local markets on... More...

Manhattan Motel

Manhattan Motel

Motel Accommodation - Rotorua

Located in the heart of Rotorua, Manhattan Motel offers spacious self-catering units with full cooking facilities, satellite TV and free WiFi access. Facilities include a hot mineral pool and guest laundry.

Rotorua International Airport is only a 15-minute drive from Manhattan Motel Rotorua. Te Puia and the Skyline Gondola are both just 4 km away.

Each apartment includes central heating, private bathroom and a lounge/dining area. Free car parking is provided. Luggage storage and... 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: Te Puia and Skyline Rotorua Visit from TaurangaTauranga Shore Excursion: Te Puia and Skyline Rotorua Visit from Tauranga - Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga. Starting from $199.00 per person.

While you’re in port in Tauranga, explore Maori culture and discover the best of the Bay of Plenty on this...

 

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