The Rotorua region is home to a variety of beautiful lakes as a result of the region’s intense volcanic activity. Each lake offers something different with its vivid colors and rich history. They serve both beachgoers and adrenaline enthusiasts together.
1. Lake Rotorua
With an area of 80 square kilometers, Lake Rotorua is the second-largest lake on the North Island. The city of Rotorua, which the locals refer to as “Roto Vegas,” is located along its southern shoreline. To get to Sulphur Point, where steaming vents offer an amazing view of geothermal activity, walk the boards of the wildlife sanctuary.
Mokoia Island, the “green pearl of Te Takiwa Waiariki” and former home of the lovers Tutanekai and Hinemoa, is located in the middle of Lake Rotorua. According to legend, Hinemoa swam almost 2 miles in the middle of the night to find Tutanekai, her true love; her only source of direction was the sound of his flute. Due to the popularity of this tale, two of Rotorua’s main roads have their names.
2. Lake Rotomahana
The most popular tourist destination of the 19th century was Lake Rotomahana, which was renowned for the breathtaking sight of pink and white terraces that previously stood on its borders. But, the terraces were demolished, and this natural wonder’s environment was permanently altered when Mount Tarawera erupted in 1886.
The lake is now a protected bird habitat where hunting is prohibited. You can take up fishing or go on a boat tour to see the geothermal activity bursting up along the lake’s edges. Visit Waimangu Volcanic Valley while you’re around for some wonderful adventures.
3. Lake Tarawera
It’s challenging to beat Lake Tarawera’s pristine waters for fishing, which are teeming with stunningly large rainbow trout. While a variety of Mori villages had called its coastlines home in the 19th century, the Tarawera eruption was sufficient to wipe out the majority of those communities.
While having only half the surface area of Lake Rotorua, Lake Tarawera is Rotorua’s largest lake by volume, with a depth of up to 85 meters. Make your way to the hot water beach, where you may unwind in Te Rata Bay’s naturally heated waters while taking in the beautiful scenery along the Tarawera Trail.
4. The Green Lake / Lake Rotokakahi
Due to the shallow, sand-covered bottom of Lake Rotokakahi, which gives its waters an emerald tint, the lake is also known as the “Green Lake.” If you’re searching for a quiet place to unwind and relax away from the city center and tourist hordes, Rotorua’s lake is a great choice.
Enjoy the Green Lake’s holy waters, which are unspoiled because swimming, sailing, and fishing are prohibited there. Take a stroll to Wairoa Falls while you’re here to observe the cascading waters from Green Lake spill into Lake Tarawera.
5. The Blue Lake / Lake Tikitapu
Due to the presence of rhyolite and pumice in the water, Lake Tikitapu, often known as the Blue Lake, mesmerizes tourists with its vivid blue hues. The more well-known sibling of Green Lake, this region offers opportunities for swimming and water sports, as well as a place for competitions like the triathlon. If you ascend high enough, you can see the contrasting colors of these two lakes, which are situated near a volcanic caldera.
6. Lake Okareka
Although this lake is small, it is charming and has the ideal picnic location at Boyes Beach, where a playground and shallow waters give everything you’ll need to keep the kids entertained.
When you’re here, go along the short boardwalk that winds through the marshes to take in the area’s nutrient-rich waters. Do a horse trekking excursion if you’re looking for something a little unique.
7. Lake Rotoiti
At Okere Falls, a water discharge from Lake Rotoiti, take part in a number of exciting excursions. Due to a wide variety of rapids and a seven-meter waterfall (the highest commercially rated waterfall in the world! ), kayaking and rafting are particularly well-liked activities.
The Okere Falls route offers a short stroll that enables you to see the waterfall’s descent and lofty views of the surrounding areas for those who would rather keep their feet on dry land.