Lake Rotokakahi (Green Lake) Tours

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Lake Rotokakahi (Green Lake)
Though it’s right next to the wildly popular Blue Lake, the Green Lake—or Rotokakahi—is a privately owned lake that isn’t open to swimming, fishing, or boating. It is sacred to the Te Arawa iwi (tribe), who are the area’s original Maori inhabitants, because the lake was the site of important battles and numerous sacred burial grounds.
 
The Basics
Rotokakahi originally was named for the abundance of kakahi (crawfish) living in the lake. Though water sports are prohibited, those seeking solitude may prefer its shores over the sometimes crowded Blue Lake. Hikers will enjoy a couple of trails that trace the shoreline. Narrated helicopter and seaplane flights depart from Rotorua and soar above the geothermal landscapes of Mt. Tarawera and the North Island’s crater lakes.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Scenic tours with a guide provide access to multiple lakes and other attractions.
  • This quiet lake is peaceful and has been largely left to exist in its natural state. 
  • As a show of respect to the Te Arawa tribe, visitors must maintain the tranquil atmosphere and leave the waters untouched.
 
How to Get There
Lake Rotokakahi (Green Lake) lies about 6 miles (10 kilometers) southeast of downtown Rotorua. The Maroi site is reached from the highway via Waipa South Road and then by turning on Green Lake Road. The trail that encircles the neighboring Blue Lake also offers views of Rotokakahi. Guided sightseeing tours include round-trip hotel transport from Rotorua.
 
When to Get There
Green Lake is accessible daily, year-round, so there’s really no bad time to visit. Because activities mainly consist of hiking the perimeter on a forest walk, leave plenty of time and plan ahead for changing weather conditions.
 
Why the Lake Is Sacred to the Maori
In the center of the lake stands a small island known as Motutawa, where the remains of a young Maori chief are buried. It was also the site of a 19th-century slaughter at the hands of a neighboring tribe. Because this ancestral place is especially significant to the local people, the island and the entire lake are considered tapu (sacred).
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 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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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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Tribal Footprints Tour

Go in-depth on a tour following the footprints of the Tuhourangi tribe in New Zealand. Departing from Rotorua in the afternoon, learn about the history of the Maori tribe's pink and white terraces, the buried village under the eruption of Mount Tarawera, and several local lakes. At the village of Whakarewarewa, watch the Pohutu geyser erupt and see how the tribe cooks food in the thermal waters. All transportation is provided, as well as informative narration from your guide.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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