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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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Lake Rotomahana

Lakes & Rivers, South

Sitting at the base of Mount Tarawera, Lake Rotomahana is steeped in history and surrounded by geothermal features like geysers, fumeroles and colourful steaming cliffs.

$120 NZD
Paddle Board Rotorua

Lakes & Rivers, West

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

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.

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.

Hot Water Beach at Te Rātā Bay

Lakes & Rivers, East

Tucked away on the southern shore of Lake Tarawera, a hot spring trickles down a small stream and into the lake, creating our very own hot water beach at Te Rātā Bay.

$85 NZD
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.

$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.

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.

$85 NZD
Rotorua Rafting

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Rotorua Rafting offers the most spectacular white water rafting in Rotorua and is home to the largest commercially rafted waterfall in the world - Tutea Falls. With NZ native scenery and Maori history lining the gorge of the beautiful Kaituna River, let us show you our backyard.

Guy Roe Reserve

Lakes & Rivers, South

A popular location for fishing, picnics and boat activities.

$30 NZD
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Waimangu Volcanic Valley connects people with the beating heart of the world’s youngest geothermal valley, its unique history and legacy. They share how the world began!

$30 NZD
River Rats Raft & Kayak

Lakes & Rivers, East

River Rats have been offering quality adventures for over 35 years including a range of whitewater rafting and lake kayaking options suitable for anyone from families to adrenalin junkies.