Get in, on and amongst Rotorua’s lakes

Having 18 pristine and sparkling lakes means you are spoilt for choice when it comes to enjoying the fresh water activities of Rotorua.

If you are looking for action on the lakes this autumn, give stand up paddleboarding a go. Stand up paddling is like walking on water. The combined power of paddling and grace of surfing provides one of the most fun ways to explore Rotorua’s lakes. Rotorua Paddle Tours offer a range of guided tours, including a paddle to the Manupirua Bay Hot Pools on Lake Rotoiti. These hot pools are only accessible by water and offer a tranquil natural experience, great for the whole family.

If paddling isn’t your thing, jump in a water taxi or take a walk to Lake Tarawera’s Hot Water Beach. On the edge of the lake, gather rocks to create a private lake edge pool, or follow the stream towards the hot spring and take a dip under the native forest canopy.

Check out the action on the water with a Rotorua trout fishing tour. Rotorua is the perfect place to land Rainbow and Brown Trout. There are a number of charters and guided options for fishing the Rotorua lakes, catering for everyone from first timers to seasoned professionals.

The lake temperatures are still relatively warm so be sure to pack your togs for your autumn getaway and get in, on and amongst pristine and sparkling Rotorua's lakes.