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.

  • Lakes 1
  • Lakes 2
  • Lakes 3
  • Lakes 4
  • Lakes 5

Lakes Experiences