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When it comes to the great outdoors you are spoilt for choice when visiting Rotorua. The 16 lakes found in the Rotorua region makes the area an aquatic paradise.
Lake Rotoiti, the third largest of these lakes, is incredibly accessible and only 20 minutes’ drive from the Rotorua city centre. Lake Rotoiti has excellent water quality and is great for swimming and watersports all year round especially in the hot summer months. The lake also provides visitors with the opportunity to experience a number of great activities in and around the clear cool waters.
Lake Rotoiti is famous for excellent trout fishing year in, year out. The dedicated local trout hatchery release thousands of fish into Lake Rotoiti each year which to ensure plenty of Brown and Rainbow Trout and unforgettable fishing. The Trout in the lake consistently reach trophy sizes and has been reported that one in ten fish caught is over 10lbs. Contact Classic Cruises on Lake Rotoiti for a private fishing trip with experienced and knowledgeable guides.
Hongis Track is a beautiful walking track through the Lake Rotoiti Scenic Reserve and the Hinehopu Scenic Reserve. A leisurely 2.2 kilometres in distance the track also has a number of tranquil picnic spots, Honeymoon Bay being a favourite spot, with toilets and a jetty.
Okere Falls Track is a very famous bush walk only with scenic lookouts over Okere River and its spectacular waterfalls. This track allows you the unique ability to watch rafters and kayakers survive the 7m waterfall - which happens to be the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world.
Classic Cruises on Lake Rotoiti offer private boat charters on their beautifully restored 32 foot classic wooden boat, Ratanui. The Ratanui can comfortably take up to 18 people, is equipped with everything you need for a great day on the lake including galley for food preparation and a BBQ for cooking.
Cruises aboard the Ratanui are famous for trout fishing, and ferry trip services to and from the famous Manupirua Hot Springs, which are only accessible by boat.
Enjoy a relaxing cruise to the famous Manupirua Hot Pools (also known as the Rotoiti Hot Pools). The pools are only accessible by boat and have a varied number of geothermal pools varying in temperature from approximately 30 degrees to 39 degrees. Or if you’re brave enough, jump of the jetty in to the much cooler lake waters. Classic Cruises will get you there in style and comfort with a private charter suited to your needs.
White Water Rafting
If you have had enough of relaxing on the Lake and you're in the mood for a bit of white knuckle adrenaline then raft the 7m waterfall on the Kaituna River. The river is the main outflow for Lake Rotoiti and also happens to be home to some of the best white water rafting and kayaking in the world and was used for the 2013 World Rafting Champs. Contact River Rats Rafting for more information and booking.
If you are looking to steer away from Rotorua's busy city centre and would like a bit more privacy during your visit to the area do not go past Te Pohutukawa Boutique Accommodation. They have tranquil accommodation options on the edge of Lake Rotoiti suitable for all group sizes.