Lakefront Reserve - Rotorua
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Directions to Lakefront Reserve
The Lakefront Reserve as the name suggests, is well positioned to take in the view of Lake Rotorua. The reserve is close to a number of the main activity operators including the Lakeland Queen paddle steamer, jet boating and scenic helicopter flights.
The reserve itself is divided into three distinct sections - the Village Green (situated between Memorial Drive, Whakaue Street and Tutanekai Street), the Soundshell (situated between Lake Road and Lake Rotorua) and the War Memorial Park, that opened in 1958. Covering eight hectares, the land was gifted by the Ngati Whakaue sub-tribe.
The Volcanic Playground located on Lakefront Drive was opened in 1995 in large part due to community fundraising efforts. There are plenty of free parking spaces available.
The lakefront now has a new boardwalk which has been introduced in July 2021. It is a central part of the $40 million redevelopment of the lakefront and is set to attract more visiutors and locals to enjoy the area. The next stages of the project will encompass the playground, carparking and new city cycleway connection.
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