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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.

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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.

$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.

$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.

$54 NZD
Jet Tour

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Blast around Lake Rotorua with Katoa on an adrenaline infused jet boat ride through some of the area’s iconic historical landmarks, all while enjoying exhilarating turns and hair-raising 360-degree spins.

$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. ​ 

$115 NZD
New Zealand River Jet

Lakes & Rivers, Central

At NZ Riverjet we specialise in the extra ordinary Jet Boating experience. With tours ranging from 1 hour to 5.5 hours, we offer our clients the opportunity to experience a true, kiwi, iconic adventure. 

Pure Cruise NZ

Lakes & Rivers, Central

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

$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.

$30 NZD
River Rats Raft & Kayak

Lakes & Rivers, South

River Rats have been offering quality adventures for over 35 years including a range of White Water Rafting and Lake Kayaking options suitable for anyone from families to adrenalin junkies.

$60 NZD
Rotorua Paddle Tours

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) tours and lessons on Lake Rotorua and surrounding waterways. We learn to master a SUP before embarking on our trips under the guidance of world-renowned paddlers and ensure the safest and fun day for you!

$89 NZD
The Squeeze

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Untouched New Zealand Beauty Kiwis have always been keen on an adventure. That's why some years ago it was a kiwi who invented the first jetboat! We've taken this sense of adventure and transformed it into the ultimate jet boat-adventure combo. 

$99 NZD
Thermal Safari

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Embark on a scenic trip down the Waikato River and through the spectacular Tutukau Gorge. Take in the stunning scenery and wildlife and hear the stories of the local Maori tribes before our highly skilled drivers/guides thrill you with spins, speed and heart-stopping manoeuvres.