The North Island Lakes District

Relax in a lake edge thermal hot pool or explore the lakes at length discovering glow worm caves and fresh water springs.

Cruise Lake Rotorua on a traditional paddle steamer or explore Lake Rotoiti by kayak, paddle board or luxury catamaran. For family fun, hop on board an amphibious WWII landing craft and experience the lakes with Rotorua Duck Tours.

The 18 sparkling lakes and three major rivers around Rotorua are treasured natural assets and taonga to the Te Arawa people. The region is a fisherman’s dream with trophy trout to be had year round on the lakes, rivers and streams.

For fast-paced adventures, try white water sledging or rafting the Grade 5 Kaituna River with the world’s highest commercially raftable waterfall. Discover more things to do on Rotorua's great lakes and rivers.

Lake Okareka Rotorua
Sunny Day at the Rotorua Lakefront
Swimming at Lake Tarawera

Lakes Experiences