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Handpicked by a Rotorua Local Expert, we bring you our guide to 'Top 5 Rotorua Lakes'.

Although better known for it's geothermal activity and Maori culture, the lakes around Rotorua number into double digits. We're picked out our top 5 lakes to check out during your stay.

Top 5 Rotorua Lakes

Lake Rotorua is the second largest lake in the North Island covering 79.8 km². Lake Rotorua was formed from the crater of a large volcano. The last eruption was 240,000 yeas ago.  The lake is very shallow in depth and has a high sulphur content. This gives the waters an unusual yellowish-green hue. This makes it popular for fishing but not for swimming.  ...More info

Top 5 Rotorua Lakes

Lake Tarawera is located 18 km east of Rotorua.  It's around a 10 minute drive along Tarawera Road.  There are two lookout points well worth pulling over for. The first Lookout allows you to see the Blue and Green Lakes from one viewing point.  The next one further along is the chance to take in sweeping views of Lake Tarawera.   Lake Tarawera was greatly affected by...More info

Top 5 Rotorua Lakes

Lake Rotoiti means 'little lake' in Maori, despite its large size. The lake is a popular location for fishing and water sports. The lake features a navigable water link to Lake Rotorua.  Scenic points of interest near the lake include Okere Falls Scenic Reserve (home to the Tutea Falls and a popular rafting spot) on Trout Pool Road off SH 33, and the Hinehopu/Hongi Track off State Highway 30....More info

Top 5 Rotorua Lakes

Lake Tikitapu is also called the 'Blue Lake', because of the high volumes of pumice and rhyolite in the waters.  The Blue Lake was formed 13,500 years ago and is 150 hectares in size. The deepest point is 27.5 metres.  The Tikitapu / Blue Lake Circuit track is 5.5 km and it takes about 1.5 hours to complete.  ...More info

Top 5 Rotorua Lakes

Lake Okareka is one of the four lakes situated between Lake Tarawera and Lake Rotorua. The lake has a circumstance of six miles and is surrounded by dense forest.  The lake is accessed via Lake Tarawera Road off State Highway 30, followed by taking the Okareka Loop Road. A good activity is to enjoy the 90 minute return walk on the Lake Okareka Walkway.  You can read more details in our 'Lake...More info

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