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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, grab your floaties and head to Rotorua.
 
You can also soak away your worries 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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Fish & Game Eastern Region

Lakes & Rivers, Central

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

Lakeland Queen

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Enjoy our geothermal dining cruise with breakfast, lunch or coffee cruise options on board the Lakeland Queen. Delicious food including complimentary tea or coffee and spectacular views across Lake Rotorua including the geothermal features of Sulphur Bay.

Rotorua Trout Guide

Lakes & Rivers, Central

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

Raft the Kaituna River - Kaitiaki Adventures

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.

Robfish Guided Fly Fishing

Lakes & Rivers, Central

New Zealand fly fishing champion Rob Vaz is a professional fly fishing guide, guiding from Rotorua and Central North Island locations. Rob offers not just a days guiding but an angling experience not to be forgotten.

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.

Cruise and Fish Rotorua

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Cruise and Fish Rotorua offers boat charters and fly fishing from Rotorua. The cruise and fish charter option is on Lake Tarawera or fly fish other lakes, rivers and streams around the region. Check out the options for a great time to remember while in Rotorua.

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. 

Totally Tarawera

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Guided cultural and geothermal tours to Te Rātā Bay and Hot Water Beach, including a natural hot pool soak.

Kaituna Cascades Rafting Company

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Join the Original Kaituna Rafting Company for an unbeatable grade 5 white-water experience on one of New Zealand's most exciting and beautiful rivers!

Pure Cruise NZ

Lakes & Rivers, East

Sailing on Lake Rotoiti the most stunning and undiscovered lake in Rotorua. Enjoy sailing, hot pools, fine cuisine in pure comfort.

Paddle Board Rotorua glow worm tour

Lakes & Rivers, West

A glow worm tour with Paddle Board Rotorua is simply one of the best evening experiences to do in Rotorua.