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...

Ngongotaha Stream Retreat

Ngongotaha Stream Retreat

Holiday Home Accommodation - Ngongotaha

Boasting garden views, Ngongotaha Stream Retreat is set in Ngongotaha, around 600 metres from Agrodome Sheep Show. Guests staying at this holiday home have access to a fully equipped kitchen. This air-conditioned holiday home has 4 bedrooms and 1 bathroom with a bath, a shower and a hair dryer. A flat-screen TV is featured. The holiday home offers a barbecue. Guests can also relax in the garden or on the sun terrace. Zorb Rotorua is 500 metres from Ngongotaha Stream Retreat. The nearest airport... More...

Funky Green Voyager

Funky Green Voyager

Hostel Accommodation - Rotorua

Located within 1 km of Polynesian Spa, Funky Green Voyager in Rotorua provides barbecue facilities, as well as free WiFi. With a garden, the property also has a shared lounge. The accommodation offers a shared kitchen and a tour desk for guests. Tamaki Maori Village is 1.1 km from the hostel. The nearest airport is Rotorua Regional Airport, 9 km from the property. More...

Beautiful Lakefront Retreat

Beautiful Lakefront Retreat

Holiday Home Accommodation - Rotorua

Beautiful Lakefront Retreat, featuring a garden, is set in Rotorua, 6 km from Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park and 8 km from Lake Rotorua. This property offers access to free WiFi. This holiday home is fitted with 4 bedrooms, a living room and a fully equipped kitchen. The holiday home also includes 1 bathroom. Polynesian Spa is 10 km from the holiday home, while Tamaki Maori Village is 10 km from the property. Rotorua Regional Airport is 25 km away. 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...

Hobbiton & Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu) Tour from Auckland in Small GroupsHobbiton & Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu) Tour from Auckland in Small Groups - Maori - Auckland. Starting from $329.00 per person.

Experience the famous Lord of The Rings Hobbiton Movie Set and the geothermal wonders of Wai-O-Tapu (rated one of...

 

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