Tragedy shaped this remarkably beautiful lake into the broad, branching lake it is
today. The 1886 Tarawera eruption raised the lake by 12 meters, drowning a small valley
between lava flows. Te Wairoa, the Buried Village, lies close by the southwest shore.
Over 100 years later the landscape around the fiery mountain, Tarawera, is lush, green
and blissfully peaceful.
Lake Tarawera Scenic Reserve is an excellent spot for fishing, boating, bush walking,
picnicking and mountain biking. Tarawera Landing, eight kilometres from Rotorua, is
where scenic boat trips depart from and is a short walk from an archeological site of
Maori cave drawings. These are an important part of New Zealand’s history and must be
respected as such.
There are a number of incredible walks through native bush to spectacular waterfalls
that burst from fissures in the rock face in the area. Be sure to collect information
from the Rotorua Visitors Centre as some of the Department of Conservation walks in the
area require permits which cost a small fee of around NZ$3.50.
The setting for one of New Zealand’s premier lodges, Solitaire Lodge, Lake Tarawera
is a fantastic, romantic, adventurous location to holiday. Accommodation for everyone,
from those seeking sublime luxury to those wanting a taste of nature, is available at
Lake Tarawera, including the camping ground at Hot Water Beach - Te Rata Bay. This
campsite is accessible only by boat and there is a ferry which will take you there.
Natural hot springs beneath the sand bubble up creating warm, and in some places hot,
sand where you may dig yourself a sandy, heated outdoor bath right beside the lake!
See a complete list of the Rotorua region accommodation.
This week's featured accommodation at the Rotorua region is:
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...
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...
Bed and Breakfast Accommodation - Rotorua
Rotorua Views B&B/Apartment is located in Rotorua, 750 metres from Rotorua International Stadium and 5 km from central Rotorua. It has wide views of the lake and surrounding hills.
The self-catering apartment is downstairs while the 2 B&B rooms are on the 1st floor, accessible via stairs/elevator. B&B guests can have a continental and/or cooked breakfast. There is free off-street parking available.
Every room has heating/air conditioning, free WiFi and a flat-screen TV. The B&B... More...
Bed and Breakfast Accommodation - Ngongotaha
Set amongst beautiful gardens and farmland, Country Villa offers a tranquil escape. Guests enjoy the convenience of free WiFi and can socialise in the shared lounge area.
Country Villa is a 7-minute drive from ZORB Rotorua and a 10-minute drive from Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park. The heart of Rotorua is a 20-minute drive away.
All heated rooms feature garden views. They offer electric blankets and a sitting area. The private bathroom features bath robes and free toiletries. More...
Bed and Breakfast Accommodation - Rotorua
City Lights is a boutique lodge on the slopes of Mount Ngongotaha, only 8 minutes’ drive from Rotorua. It features a fitness centre, hot tub and sauna.
All rooms at City Lights Boutique Lodge feature an en suite bathroom with bathrobes, tea/coffee, bottled water, flat-screen TV, heaters and double glazed windows. Some rooms offer spectacular views over Rotorua.
Facilities include a guest lounge with library and computer, free WiFi internet access, fireplace and off-street... More...
Lake Tarawera Luxury Lodge
- Holiday Home.
Lake Tarawera Luxury Lodge is located in Lake Tarawera. Guests staying at this holiday home have access to a fully...
Rotorua Lakes Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) Scenic Tour
- Stand Up Paddleboarding - Rotorua. Starting from $90.00 per person
Escape, Explore and Enjoy the Rotorua Lakes scenery with views only available by water on a 2.5-hour stand-up paddle...