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Lake Rotorua

Lake Rotorua

Free admission
Lake Rotorua, Rotorua, North Island

The Basics

Lake Rotorua is surrounded by a geothermal playground and offers a variety of activities for travelers. Visitors may take a cruise through the Ohau Channel, which connects with Lake Rotoiti, and relax with a soak at the remote Manupirua Thermal Springs. Tour options include kayaking along the lakeshore, jetting around on a speedboat, or hurtling over falls on a white-water rafting trip.

Among other specialized tours are seaplane flights, which include a thrilling water takeoff and landing, and helicopter tours that offer aerial views of the city and lake. Adventure travelers may opt for a solo or tandem parasailing experience above Lake Rotorua. Horseback rides and 4WD buggy tours take travelers off the beaten path. Combine your adventure with a day trip to the Blue and Green lakes and bubbling geysers.

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Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip in Luxury Minibus from Auckland
Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip in Luxury Minibus from Auckland
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$322.23 per adult
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Fun tour, very good tour...
Fun tour, very good tour guide, amazing experience on a sunny day. Pick up and drop off is very convenient for foreign travelers. Loved the tour
Priyanka_S, Feb 2023

Recent reviews from experiences in Rotorua

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Two amazing sites
CarmenG_L, Feb 2023
Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland
Amazing small group trip to view the Geothermal Reserve and the Te Puia geyser and mud pot valley. It was well guided and interesting (a very small Yellowstone). BTW, the lunch here was an excellent buffet. We then drove to the Waitomo Caves to experience the Caves and glowworms. The glowworms are unique and BEAUTIFUL. Well worth the long drive from Auckland.
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Go for it
seba_h, Feb 2023
Katoa Jet Boat tour on Lake Rotorua
Knowing the history re: Mokoia Isl, the spins on the boat, the romantic story of Hinemoa & Tūtanekai. Great / Funny driver
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Glow Worms and Geysers!
Gayle_T, Jan 2023
Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland
Excellent tour and driver/guide! Timely, friendly, helpful. Great tour to really interesting places. The glow worms in the caves are amazing; the bubbling mud and erupting geysers at Te Puia were spectacular, and the other stops along the way were all just great. A wonderful day - thanks!
star-5
Wonderful experience
Victoria_Z, Dec 2022
Katoa Jet Boat tour on Lake Rotorua
We had fun time riding jet boat on lake Rotorua. It is really amazing experience. Highly recommended to family or friends.
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We really enjoyed a lot....
Naveen_S, Dec 2022
Katoa Jet Boat tour on Lake Rotorua
We really enjoyed a lot. The staf was very helpful and treat you with sweet smile.🙂. It was wonderful experience.
star-5
Bubbling Above And Glowing Beneath
Kim_M, Jan 2023
Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland
I really loved the Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip. The tour directors were very knowledgeable and made the tours fun. In Rotorua we visited the geysers, saw a kiwi and visited the Māori School of Crafts. We were given a delicious buffet lunch and had lots of time to shop for souvenirs. Waitomo Caves blew my mind with its beauty and is a must for anyone travelling to Auckland. I would definitely recommend these tours.
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Enjoy
amber_s, Dec 2022
Katoa Jet Boat tour on Lake Rotorua
Fun, great experience good customer service c and very friendly staff members me and partner and will go again
star-5
Great family experience
Romina_F, Dec 2022
Katoa Jet Boat tour on Lake Rotorua
It was a great family activity with lots of interesting commentary. The 30 minute timing is perfect.
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Long but awesome day
Linda_M, Oct 2022
Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland
A fascinating day from start to finish. The van was comfortable and we appreciated the small group size which encouraged getting acquainted with fellow tourists from around the world. Both drivers were cordial and full of information. The geothermal sights at Rotorua were awesome, and the rain only enhanced the mystery. Viewing the craft training areas and talking with the craftspeople gave us a deeper appreciation for the skill and deep cultural learning that go into the stone and wood carvings and weddings of the Māori people. The caves and glow worms were a beautiful finish to a great day of exploration. Our only complaint is the long day of driving to reach the sites, but despite the rain the countryside was beautiful and our excellent drivers made good time. Big thanks to Chris for delivering my left behind jacket to our hotel!
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jasmel_M, Dec 2022
Katoa Jet Boat tour on Lake Rotorua
Great customer service Really enjoyed the trip Good fun activity for family/friends/kids Would like to go back
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Awesome!
Holly_S, Aug 2022
Katoa Jet Boat tour on Lake Rotorua
Amazing experience and great staff 😊 love learning some history of the are. Would defs do again so we can try the island visit 🤙🏼
star-5
Great ride so much fun
halafaraj10, Jul 2022
Katoa Jet Boat tour on Lake Rotorua
Amazing time and very friendly staff Loved the experience and will do it again Great ride and loved the whole experience
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • This natural feature is hard to miss, and is a must-see for visitors to Rotorua.

  • A large grassy area includes a children’s playground.

  • Wheelchair-accessible walkways make for easy strolling.

  • Outdoor activities last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, while day trips take you to other lakes and beyond.

  • A 10-minute Skyline Rotorua gondola ride guarantees panoramic views from the summit of Mt. Ngongotaha.

  • Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and plenty of water.

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How to Get There

The shores of Lake Rotorua are only 10 minutes north of downtown Rotorua by car. Many tours and day trips offer convenient hotel pickup and drop-off, and there is ample parking available for those who opt to self-drive. Walking and public transport options are within easy reach of most accommodations.

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When to Get There

Lake Rotorua is open year-round. Sunrise and sunset are especially good times for photo ops, whether you’re walking along the shore, taking a cruise, or setting out for a romantic evening stroll or family picnic. Sunny days in warmer months are ideal for water sports, but mud baths and thermal pools are perfect in winter.

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What’s in the Lake?

Though it’s not as large as neighboring Lake Taupo and not as nice for swimming, Lake Rotorua offers plentiful activities and views. The 920-foot (280-meter) elevation makes Rotorua’s water cooler than some other lakes in the region. The water’s green hue comes from sulfur and minerals. The lake is also alive with fish; go fly fishing for trout and try to reel in a big one!

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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As well as visiting the Lake Rotorua, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: