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:
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...
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...
Motel Accommodation - Rotorua
Boasting free WiFi, free onsite parking and a BBQ area, Fernleaf Motel is just 1.5km from the centre of Rotorua. It offers self-contained accommodation with a flat-screen TV. Guests enjoy an indoor mineral pool and a heated outdoor swimming pool.
Fernleaf Motel Rotorua is just 3 minutes’ drive from Lake Rotorua. Rotorua Bus Station and the popular Polynesian Spa are each a 5-minute drive away.
All studios and apartments include a kitchenette or kitchen with a microwave,... More...
Lodge Accommodation - Punaroma
Boasting barbecue facilities, Tarawera Heights offers accommodation in Punaroma with free WiFi and mountain views. The property features lake and garden views.
This air-conditioned 1-bedroom lodge comes with a kitchen, a seating area, and a satellite flat-screen TV.
There is a garden at this property and guests can go fishing nearby.
Rotorua is 13 km from the lodge. Rotorua Regional Airport is 9 km from the property. More...
Hotel Accommodation - Rotorua
Copthorne Hotel Rotorua is located midway between central Rotorua and the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve. Facilities include a heated outdoor pool, a fitness centre and a tennis court. Guest enjoy 50MB of free WiFi per day. Extra WiFi is available for an additional charge.
This eco-friendly hotel is located 5 minutes' walk from the Rotorua Golf Club and a short drive from the Polynesian Spa and mystical Lake Rotorua.
Jimmy Cook's Kiwi Kitchen offers traditional New Zealand dishes,... More...
Buried Village of Te Wairoa Tour
- Historic - Rotorua. Starting from $30.00 per person
Experience New Zealand's most visited archaeological site, and hear stories of the 1886 Mt. Tarawera eruption. This...