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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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$119 NZD
Action Bug - Rangitāiki with Riverbug.NZ

Lakes & Rivers, Central

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

See the largest display of glow worms in Rotorua. Real Rotorua takes you on a journey through waterfalls, wildlife and native forest, all under the cover of darkness.

Adventurers Travel Company

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Adventurers is a specialist travel agency, creating custom adventures in Rotorua and throughout New Zealand. We are unique in what we do. We use our own knowledge of mountain biking, cycling and hiking to organise or help you organise, an exceptional holiday doing what you love outdoors.

Lake Tikitapu

Lakes & Rivers, East

Lake Tikitapu, affectionately known as Blue Lake, is a local favourite and well known to regular visitors to Rotorua.

$90 NZD
Paddle Board Rotorua

Lakes & Rivers, Central

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

$350 NZD
Rotorua Sight-Fishing Adventures

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Guided fly fishing for trout.

$50 NZD
Thermal Path tour

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Discover some of Rotorua's off the beatean track mud pools and best examples of thermal areas. Dip your toes in or fully immerse yourself in our favorite hot springs .

Boyes Beach & Park

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Location: Millar Road, Lake Ōkareka

Fish & Game Eastern Region

Lakes & Rivers, Central

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

$480 NZD
Lakeland Princess Trout Fishing Charters

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Lakeland Princess Trout Fishing Charters offers trout fishing adventures, ipicnic and catch your own lunch cruises on picturesque lakes Rotorua and Rotoiti.

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.

$349 NZD
Foris Eco-tours

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Foris Eco-tours offers guided tours of the spectacular Whirinaki Forest and Rotorua's premium rafting adventure down the gorgeous Rangitaiki River. Choose guided hiking or combined river and guided walking options.