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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.

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.

Boyes Beach & Park

Lakes & Rivers, East

Boyes Beach is one of the largest beaches on Lake Ōkareka and a great attraction during the warmer months, and popular for swimming, fishing and picnicking.

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!

Tarawera Trail

Lakes & Rivers, East

The 15km Tarawera Trail is a beautiful native bush walk that follows the contour of Lake Tarawera to the popular Te Rātā Bay and Hot Water Beach.

Guy Roe Reserve

Lakes & Rivers, South

A popular location for fishing, picnics and boat activities.

Steaming Cliffs Kayak at Lake Rotomahana

Lakes & Rivers, South

Explore the amazing scenery of Lake Rotomahana on this spectacular guided kayaking tour.

Totally Tarawera

Lakes & Rivers, Central

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

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.

Rotorua Paddle Tours

Lakes & Rivers, Central

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

Paddle Board Rotorua

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Paddle Board Rotorua is Rotorua's premium paddle boarding and kayak experience providers, well known for their paddle board and kayak glow worm tours.

Rotorua Trout Guide

Lakes & Rivers, Central

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