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...

Ashleigh Court Motel

Ashleigh Court Motel

Motel Accommodation - Rotorua

Situated in a quiet location, Ashleigh Court Motel offers self-contained accommodation with free Wi-Fi and free car parking. All rooms have a private spa pool and satellite TV with over 50 channels.

Each room at Motel Ashleigh Court includes full kitchen facilities, heating and electric blankets. Cooked and continental breakfasts are available and can be delivered to the rooms.

Guests have access to laundry facilities and secure bicycle storage. Reception can arrange bookings for... More...

Your Home away from Home

Your Home away from Home

Apartment Accommodation - Rotorua

Located 700 metres from Polynesian Spa in Rotorua, Your Home away from Home offers accommodation with a kitchen. The apartment is 900 metres from Tamaki Maori Village.

The property includes a living room with a flat-screen TV.

Rotorua Museum is 1.2 km from Your Home away from Home, while Te Puia is 2.2 km from the property. The nearest airport is Rotorua Regional Airport, 7 km from the property. More...

Union Street Apartments #2

Union Street Apartments #2

Apartment Accommodation - Rotorua

Situated in Rotorua, just 700 metres from Polynesian Spa, Union Street Apartments #2 features accommodation with free WiFi. The property is 900 metres from Tamaki Maori Village and 1.2 km from Rotorua Museum.

Situated on the ground floor, this apartment is equipped with with 1 bedroom, a well-equipped kitchen with an oven and a microwave, a living room, and a flat-screen TV.

Te Puia is 2.2 km from the apartment, while Rotorua International Stadium is 2.7 km from the property. The... 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...

Shore Excursion: Geothermal Rotorua with Maori Cultural Performance at WhakarewarewaShore Excursion: Geothermal Rotorua with Maori Cultural Performance at Whakarewarewa - Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga. Starting from $129.00 per person.

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