Lake Tarawera - the best things to see and do

Lake Tarawera is famous for trout fishing and is great for boating, water sports, walking tracks and a number of family friendly activities.

Lake Tarawera is one of 18 lakes in the Rotorua region, only a 15 minute drive from Rotorua. The pristine lake is set amidst beautiful natural New Zealand scenery and lies underneath the majestic Mount Tarawera.

Lake Tarawera is famous for some of the best Rainbow Trout fishing in New Zealand and is great for boating, water sports, walking tracks and a number of family friendly activities.  

Lake Tarawera Attractions and Activities

The Tarawera Trail

The Tarawera Trail is set to become another one of New Zealand's great walks. The 15 km walk reveals endless amounts of breathtaking scenery, historic sites, crystal clear streams and native New Zealand bush filled with Pohutakawa and groves of giant Mamaku Ferns. The walk finishes at a unique thermal beach (Hot Water Beach) where you can camp out for a night or catch a ferry back the same day.

Hot Water Beach

A little less known is the lakes unique geothermal activity, which heats a secluded beach on the edge of the lake. Once only accessible by boat, Hot Water beach can now be accessed by the newly opened Tarawera Trail. Thermal springs gently rise through the lake bed, warming the water and the beach. It is a perfect location for a relaxing swim in the lake or dig your own thermal hot pool on the beach.

Learn more about the Tarawera Trail and the Hot Water Beach Campsite on on the Department of Conservation Website.

Rotorua Duck Tours

If you’re short on time or travelling with family, easily discover the beauty of the Tarawera area by land and water with Rotorua Duck Tours. The fully guided informative tour is on board an amphibious WWII Duck and is the most unique way to see the Rotorua lake district. During the Tarawera and Lakes Tour you will learn about the history of the area and splash down on three different lakes including Lake Tarawera. The tours are family friendly and the “Ducks” are comfortable enough to tour in all weather conditions. Visit the Rotorua Duck Tours website for more information, tour times and online booking.

The Landing Cafe

After an exciting day walking, boating or cruising Tarawera by Duck make your way to the Landing Cafe situated on the edge of Lake Tarawera. This restaurant has spectacular views and is one of a few lakeside dining options available within the Rotorua region. The perfect location to enjoy great food and great range of New Zealand wines and beers overlooking the beautiful sandy beach front and glistening lake. For opening hours, menus and directions see the Landing Cafe website.

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