Lake Tikitapu features

  • barbeque sites & rubbish bins
  • a boat ramp at the northern end of the lake (ample parking)
  • a lookout point on the south-western corner for amazing views
  • public toilets

History and Legends

In ancient times, the daughter of a high born chief was bathing in its crystal waters and wore a tiki (sacred greenstone neck ornament). The piece dislodged itself while she swam and the blue waters of the lake are believed to still be hiding the tiki tapu.

Lake Tikitapu sits alongside Lake Rotokakahi (Green Lake). It is a popular location for family outings and summer lake events. There is also an easy walking track around the lake.



While sharing with a water-ski club and kayakers the lake is a wonderful training-ground for children to fish, both fly and troll. The main stock is wild rainbow with hatchery releases making up the numbers.

The best fishing is in the winter during the months of May to August when mature fish come into the shallows to spawn.


Walking Tracks

Going in a clockwise direction, the 5.5km (1.5 hour one way) track begins at the northeast end of the lake. Head along the shore and follow the roadside section south, watching for oncoming traffic.

About a third of the way, the track enters the bush, following the lake until coming to a secluded beach at the south end. Head up the stairs to the car park and take a right to continue around the lake.

The track continues at this elevation heading north through Whakarewarewa Forest. The track slowly descends into native bush to the lake level and exits at the northeastern side of the beach.


24 - 27 March 2015 National Secondary School Waka Ama Championships

The 2015 ActivePost National Secondary School Waka Ama Championships Sprints will be held on Lake Tikitapu - Blue Lake from Tuesday 24th March to Friday 27th March. Registrations open on 20 January 2015.
Come along and support your school!


Contact Details
Ngaire Ngamoki - Te Waiariki Purea Trust