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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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Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools Water Taxi

Lakes & Rivers, East

Indulge in a genuine off the beaten track geothermal experience.

Steaming Cliffs Kayak at Lake Rotomahana

Lakes & Rivers, South

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

Lake Tikitapu

Lakes & Rivers, East

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

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.

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.

Fish & Game Eastern Region

Lakes & Rivers, Central

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

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.

Rotorua Duck Tours (Amphibious Sightseeing and Informational Tours)

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Guided sightseeing tours of Rotorua and the lakes region in a WWII amphibious landing craft. Splashdown onto pristine lakes surrounded by beautiful native forests. Rotorua Duck Tours are the perfect introduction to Rotorua’s geothermal and Māori history.

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.

Real Rotorua

Lakes & Rivers, Central

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

Paddle Board (SUP) Tour

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Paddle Board Rotorua provides the most stunning stand-up paddle adventures in Rotorua and are one of the best ways to experience the Rotorua Lakes District. Explore the native New Zealand scenery that surrounds the shorelines of the beautiful Rotorua Lakes with our expert local guides who are passionate about our backyard and all that our city has to offer. A must do experience during your time in Rotorua.

Waimarino Scenic Lake Rotoiti Kayak Tour

Lakes & Rivers, West

Waimarino Kayak Tours showcases some of the best waterways in the Bay of Plenty, including beautiful Lake Rotoiti in Rotorua which boasts a large range of native birds and stunning bush. Waimarino Kayak Tours' most popular tours depart just before sunset, so you can experience an evening visiting the enchanting glow worms.