Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) Tours

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Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake)
It’s tough to decide which is more beautiful: the cobalt hue of the aptly named Blue Lake sparkling in the midday sun, or the deep green of the Whakarewarewa Forest that hugs the shore of the lake. Either way, the natural beauty is what makes Lake Tikitapu an ideal place to connect with nature.
 
The Basics
Thanks to the pumice and rhyolite that lie at the bottom of Tikitapu and are reflected by the sun, the blue color of this small lake makes it very inviting to swimmers. Visitors can also splash into Lake Tikitapu on an amphibious Duck vehicle tour, or opt to soar above the lake and marvel at the aerial views on a helicopter or seaplane flight.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Blue Lake is the best place in Rotorua for swimming and water skiing.
  • The site is a favorite of travelers with children.
  • There are public toilets, barbecue facilities, picnic areas, and a playground.
  • Select a guided day trip to see Lake Rotokakahi (Green Lake) in addition to geysers and mud pools.
 
How to Get There
Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) lies 5.5 miles (9 kilometers) southeast of Rotorua. Of all the lakes around Rotorua, it is the closest to town. Scenic tours with a guide provide access to multiple natural features and often include round-trip hotel transport from Rotorua.
 
When to Get There
Blue Lake is accessible daily, year-round. A boat ramp on the north end of the lake can make the lake a busy destination on weekends. Despite its small size and shallow depth, the water is relatively cool, and the north-end beach is the place to be on the hottest days of summer.
 
Hiking Under Redwoods
If you’d prefer to work up a sweat before cooling off with a swim, a 3.5-mile (5.6-kilometer) walking trail encircles the entire lake. Hike beneath the shaded redwood groves of the Whakarewarewa Forest, and leave footprints in the sand before jumping in for a swim. From parts of the trail, you can enjoy clear views of neighboring Green Lake and its protected, sacred waters.
Address: Rotorua, New Zealand
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Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour

Tour Wai-O-Tapu with a naturalist guide and discover the bubbling mud pools and hot springs of Rotorua’s most popular geothermal park. This full-day tour with a small group delivers you to the shores of several volcanic lakes and includes a bush walk to a waterfall and the Lake Tarawera lookout. Learn about Maori history, volcanology and New Zealand’s native flora and fauna along the way. Numbers are limited to a maximum 12 people to ensure an intimate experience.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Rotorua Duck Tours - City and Lakes Tour

Discover Rotorua on a 1.5-hour duck tour. This sightseeing adventure takes you aboard a World War II amphibious vehicle — able to travel on land and water. Start with a city tour past Government Gardens, the Blue Baths and more before splashing down into Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) and Lake Okareka. Enjoy family fun along the way with a provided duck caller, and listen to live commentary about Rotorua’s history and local landmarks.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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15-Minute Crater Lakes Flight by Helicopter from Rotorua

Get unbeatable aerial views of the New Zealand's crater lakes on this 15-minute helicopter flight from Rotorua. With commentary from your pilot about the area's history, ecosystem, and geology, fly over the hidden lakes and get views of distant volcanoes. Highlights include the lakes of Tikitapu (Blue Lake) , Rotokakahi (Green Lake), Okareka, Tarawera and Okataina, as well as city views of Rotorua.
  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Duration: 15 minutes
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Mt. Tarawera Volcano Scenic Floatplane Tour from Rotorua

Soar above the otherworldly volcanic landscapes of Mt Tarawera on 30-minute seaplane flight from Rotorua. The expert pilot-guide navigates over the Steaming Cliffs and the Waimangu Volcanic Valley, then returns via the Blue and Green Lakes and the bubbling geysers of Whakarewareewa Thermal Reserve. Experience the thrill of a water take-off and landing on Rotorua Lake, with a convenient hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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Rotorua Cultural Eco Small Group Afternoon Tour

Spend an afternoon in Te Puia at Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley and the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute — Rotorua’s premier cultural center. Discover Maori history and customs with guided visits to settlement sites and living villages, then walk past mud pools and hot lakes to see the eruption of Pohutu Geyser. You’ll spot kiwi birds and stop by lakes Tikitapu, Okareka and Rotokakahi on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people. Includes round-trip hotel transport from Rotorua.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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