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The 18 sparkling lakes and three major rivers dotted around Rotorua makes the area an aquatic paradise.
Take it all in while relaxing in a lake edge thermal hot pool or explore the lakes at length discovering glow worm caves and fresh water springs by kayak or stand up paddle board.
Cruise Lake Rotorua on a traditional paddle steamer or explore Lake Rotoiti with Pure Cruise on their sleek 53ft luxury catamaran ‘Tiua’. For a family fun option hop on board an amphibious WWII landing craft and experience the lakes with Rotorua Duck Tours.
The region is also a fisherman’s dream with trophy trout to be had year round on the lakes, rivers and streams.
For fast-paced adventures, try white water sledging or rafting the Grade 5 Kaituna River with 14 rapids and the world’s highest commercially raftable waterfall at 7m high with any one of Rotorua’s world class rafting companies.
The Rotorua Lakes are treasured natural assets and taonga to the Te Arawa people.
When the lake is first seen, the water appears to be almost black although it is in fact clean and has good...
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Lake Ohakuri is the largest artificial lake of the Waikato river system.
Its name means "the lake of sweet food".
Lake Okaro is the smallest of the Rotorua Lakes.
The name Okataina means "The lake of laughter", a shortened form of the original name Te Moana-i-kataina-a-Te...
Rerewhakaaitu means the lake of "wandering spirits."
Rotoehu means "turbid" or discoloured waters.
A number of the Rotorua lakes were named by Ihenga, a grandson of the captain of the Arawa canoe Tamatekapua.
Rotokakahi means the lake of the shellfish "kakahi". While the Green Lake is now deserted and tapu, in days gone by...
Lake Rotoma means "lake of exceptionally clear water". The lake currently has the best water quality of all the...
Rotomahana means "warm lake". Prior to the Tarawera eruption, this lake comprised two smaller lakes - Lake Rotomahana...
"Lake in a basin". A number of the Rotorua lakes were named by Ihenga, a grandson of the captain of the Arawa canoe...
Lake Tarawera, meaning 'Burnt Spear' is one of the largest lakes in New Zealand.
Lake Tikitapu is a small, circular lake framed by pretty native bush and forestry. Famous for its striking colour, it...
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