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...

B&B Abundance

B&B Abundance

Bed and Breakfast Accommodation - Rotorua

Featuring free WiFi, B&B Abundance offers accommodation in Rotorua, 700 metres from Polynesian Spa. Free private parking is available on site.

Certain units feature a seating area where you can relax. Rooms are fitted with en suite bathrooms. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hairdryer.

You will find a shared kitchen at the property.

Bike hire is available at this bed and breakfast and the area is popular for golfing. The bed and breakfast also offers... More...

Rotorua Hideaway Lodge

Rotorua Hideaway Lodge

Motel Accommodation - Rotorua

Set on 4 acres of peaceful, landscaped gardens, Rotorua Hideaway Lodge offers affordable accommodation with free Wi-Fi and free on-site parking. It is located within 7 minutes' drive of Rotorua's town centre.

The large children's adventure playground is surrounded by trees and features tree huts, swings, tunnels, slides and a flying fox.

Hideaway Lodge Motel offers self-catering apartments with fully equipped kitchens. Each apartment has a private balcony with an outdoor setting... More...

Rock Solid Backpackers Rotorua

Rock Solid Backpackers Rotorua

Hostel Accommodation - Rotorua

The centrally located Rock Solid Backpackers Rotorua offers free high-speed WiFi and a spacious guest lounge with a tour desk, a billiards table, table tennis and an Xbox. It is just 5 minutes' walk from the Rotorua Visitors Centre and bus stops.

This hostel is within 10 minutes' walk of Tamaki Maori Village, the Polynesian Spa and the Rotorua Museum. Whakarewarewa - The Thermal Village is 5 minutes' drive away. Rotorua International Airport is 15 minutes' drive away.

All rooms... 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...

Lake Rotorua Paddle Boat Cruise with Breakfast or LunchLake Rotorua Paddle Boat Cruise with Breakfast or Lunch - Day Cruise - Rotorua. Starting from $44.00 per person.

Cruise the waters of scenic Lake Rotorua on a modernized replica of a Mississippi River paddlewheel steamboat! Enjoy a...

 

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