Embrace Rotorua's Lakes

Welcome to the North Island Lakes District. The 18 sparkling lakes and three major rivers dotted around Rotorua makes the area an aquatic paradise.

The 18 sparkling lakes and three major rivers dotted around Rotorua makes the area an aquatic paradise.

Here are some ways to make the most of a visit to Rotorua - the North Island Lakes District.

  • Try the latest world-wide trend Stand Up Paddle Boarding, without fear of waves on the beach. Hop on a SUP and explore the many tranquil bays of Lake Rotoiti and Tarawera.
     
  • Kayak across Lake Rotoiti while making your way to the accessible-only-by-boat Manupirua Hot Springs.
     
  • Rotorua’s famous for its massive trout, so take time to chill out with a rod in hand on Lake Rotorua – with the recent hatchery release you stand a good chance of landing one.
     
  • Gather together with your mates and spend an afternoon swimming and sunbathing at Lake Okareka before settling down to a lakeside picnic.
     
  • Walk the recently opened Tarawera Trail. The 60km trails winds its way along the southern shores of Lake Tarawera taking in Hot Water Beach.
     
  • Now that you’re in the North Island Lakes District, spend the night beside one at one of Rotorua’s many lakeside camp grounds.
     
  • Take a sunset cruise across Lake Rotoiti on a luxury yacht, enjoying the sunset while enjoying a well-deserved wine.
     
  • Take a Volcanic Air Safaris scenic flight over Rotorua’s lakes with a float plane tour where you can ask to be dropped off at the lake of your choice.

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