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Lakes & Rivers

Rotorua is well known for its 18 lakes, three major rivers and heaps of ways to enjoy many of them – even at night

 
Swimming, fishing, lakeside picnicking, paddle boarding and other water sports are the obvious activities, so hook up the boat and your floaties and head to Rotorua.
 
You can also soak your worries away at one of two secluded thermal hot water beaches accessible only by boat, luxury catamaran, floatplane or hike. Take a canoe, kayak or paddle board tour across a lake to see glow worms at night.
 
Do you prefer something a bit faster? Choose from an exhilarating jet boat experience through a tangled, man-made river at break-neck speed, or scream across Lake Rotorua in a jet boat that takes you to tour pristine Mokoia Island. You can even combine a jet boat ride with a unique geothermal experience at a natural hot water fall and hidden geothermal valley called The Squeeze.
 
Finally, one of Rotorua’s world-famous adventures is a must-do for adrenaline junkies: a whitewater rafting trip on the famous Kaituna River where you’ll drop off the world’s highest commercially raftable waterfall.

Check out our majestic lakes, including Lake Tarawera, Lake Rotoiti, Lake Ōkareka and the blue waters of Lake Tikitapu.

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Lake Rotoiti

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Lake Rotoiti is one of the three largest lakes in the Rotorua region. Surrounded by lush native bush, it also features glow worm caves and a secluded hot pool complex. 

$119 NZD
Raft the Kaituna River

Lakes & Rivers, Central

At Kaitiaki Adventures we’re passionate about continually providing world-class adventure tourism products in Rotorua. Infused with a unique blend of Maori culture, we’re inspired by the stunning environment we live in and the culture we live and breathe.

$39 NZD
Raftabout Whitewater Rafting & Sledging

Lakes & Rivers, Central

If you're looking for an awesome day out whitewater rafting, then look no further than Raftabout, a family-owned company that aims to excel.

Lake Ōkāreka

Lakes & Rivers, Central

One of the smaller lakes in the Rotorua region, Lake Ōkāreka remains off the beaten path, tucked away off the main road accessing lakes Tikitapu and Tarawera.

$60 NZD
Rotorua Paddle Tours

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Stand-up paddle (SUP) board tours and lessons on Lake Rotorua and surrounding waterways.

Fish & Game Eastern Region

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Fish & Game Eastern Region manages the trout fishery of the region including the world-famous Rotorua lakes.

$350 NZD
Rotorua Sight-Fishing Adventures

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Guided fly fishing for trout.

$74 NZD
Mokoia Island with Katoa Lake Rotorua

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Enjoy an exhilarating jet boat ride across the beautiful Lake Rotorua with Katoa and explore Mokoia Island, considered sacred by local Maori, and learn about one of New Zealand’s most famous love stories. ​ 

$119 NZD
Action Bug - Rangitāiki with Riverbug.NZ

Lakes & Rivers, South

Try something truly new! This Action Bug tour mixes a Riverbug with generous portions of whitewater in a breathtaking gorge on the Rangitāiki River between Rotorua and Whakatāne. This is an unforgettable experience that's unique to the Bay of Plenty.

$65 NZD
Real Rotorua

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Experience the Real Rotorua... with guided sight-seeing tours of the Rotorua area.

$50 NZD
Real Rotorua Thermal Path Tour

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Discover some of the city's off-the-beaten-track mud pools and best thermal areas. Dip your toes in or fully immerse yourself in our favourite hot springs .

$400 NZD
Rotorua Trout Guide

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Rotorua fly fishing guide Julian Danby showcases the best fishing locations found in the Rotorua District.