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...
Motel Accommodation - Rotorua
Ambassador Thermal Motel is centrally located in Rotorua, near Lake Rotorua and the Polynesian Spa. Facilities include a heated outdoor swimming pool, 2 mineral pools and barbecue facilities. The motel offers spacious studio and apartment accommodation that are serviced daily. Ambassador Motel is situated beside Motutara Gold Course and a short stroll to restaurants, museum, convention centre, and Government Gardens. More...
Villa Accommodation - Rotorua
Boasting mountain views, Panorama Lodge provides accommodation with barbecue facilities and a terrace, around 2.2 km from Te Puia. Guests may enjoy free WiFi. This villa will provide guests with 5 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV and air conditioning. The property also has 3 bathrooms with a bath, and free toiletries and a hair dryer are available. Guests can relax in the garden at the property. Rotorua International Stadium is 3.7 km from the villa. The nearest airport is Rotorua Regional Airport,... More...
Apartment Accommodation - Rotorua
Featuring a geothermally heated swimming pool, East West Studio Apartments offers self-contained apartments or B&B options just 1 km from Lake Rotorua. All rooms include a flat-screen TV with free-to-air or satellite channels. Free parking is available on site. East West Studio Apartments Rotorua are 10 minutes’ walk from the famous Polynesian Spa, and 5 minutes’ drive from the Rotorua Museum of Art & History. Rotorua International Airport is a 15-minute drive away. All rooms operate a Domestic... More...
te Whare - Lake Tarawera
- Bed and Breakfast.
Te Whare - Lake Tarawera is located in Lake Tarawera and offers a garden. It features free WiFi and a terrace. This bed...
Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour
- All-day Coach Tour - Rotorua. Starting from $295.00 per person
Tour Rotorua's most popular geothermal parks and colorful lakes on a day trip led by a local naturalist guide. You'll...