Summer on the lakes in Rotorua

Whether you’re a local or just visiting Rotorua on holiday, you will definitely want to check out the beautiful Lakes District surrounding Rotorua.

Just 15mins drive from the inner city the there are a number of pristine lakes with loads of fun activities for all the family. The Rotorua Lakes District has some of the best trout fishing in the country, plenty of space for watersports and a countless number of great spots for picnics and swimming.

Lake Tarawera

If you are wanting to get the boat out you can’t go past Lake Tarawera, the largest of a series of lakes with the region. There is plenty of space for jet skiing, wakeboarding and all other water sports. Lake Tarawera is also very popular this time of year with campers staying on the unique ‘hot water’ beach campsite.

Blue Lake

Also known as Lake Tikitapu, it is one of the smallest of the lakes within the region making it the ideal swimming spot. You will also find a number of sporting events held here of the summer including rowing regattas and triathlons. At the peak of the day when the sun is bearing down you can take advantage of the lakes shaded walking track.

Lake Rotoiti

Lake Rotoiti is a popular destination for keen trout fishers. This lake has one of the highest catch rates in the district due to the healthy natural stocks and a large number of hatchery-reared trout that are released into the lake each year. After a hard days fishing head across the lake to the Manupirua Hot Springs. Only accessible by boat these hot pools are set in a magic location, surrounded by native bush and right on the water's edge overlooking Lake Rotoiti.


The Golden Glow Motel is a newly refurbished family friendly Rotorua motel located on Fenton Street, only minutes from the city centre, central mall and many convenient amenities. If you would like to know more about the Golden Glow Motel or any other activities and attractions in Rotorua, please contact us or visit our website - www.goldenglowmotelrotorua.co.nz.

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