Blue Lake Track, Rotorua

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Scientifically confirmed as the clearest freshwater lake in the world, Blue Lake Track ranks as a top attraction for New Zealand tourists. This body of water lies in the northern part of the Southern Alps, in the Nelson Lakes National Park conservation area. Historically, the lake was used by the Maori people during funeral ceremonies, and is therefore considered sacred. Today, you can take a helicopter ride over the water to get the best views, or hike around the park to see it up close. Put Blue Lake Track at the forefront of your travel plans using our Rotorua day trip planner.
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  • As others have said, the lake doesn't appear to be blue on a cloudy day but the walk around the lake is lovely nonetheless. However we did this walk on a spring day and set off from the car park clock...  more »
  • The place is beautiful! More beautiful on a sunny day. There is a point that you can see both Lakes.
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  • This beautiful Blue water is out of the ordinary as it is eye catching. The lookout spot is also breath taking as it seperates the Blue Lake from the Green Lake. The stories behind both lake is intere...  more »
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  • This is true beauty of New Zealand. So nice place. Very relaxing. You can swim in the summer.
  • It's a beautiful lake, even though the water weren't as clear as it is in some of the pictures on Google. There's no mistaking where its descriptive name comes from.
  • Awesome walk around the lake or ride a bike visit the. Back end of the whaka trails
  • A beautiful lake, just 8 km drive from Rotorua city. Plenty of parking space, place for bbq and toilets available. The view from the lookout point just a 1 km ahead is mesmerizing. You can kayak, swim, or fish in the lake.
  • One of the most beautiful spots around Rotorua. Clear water, great for 🏊

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Rotorua has a range of different accommodations, mainly centered around the lake itself. In this downtown area you will find luxury hotels and hostels, many benefitting from good views of the surrounding scenery. Farther out of the town, comfortable motels offer those with a car a good option for setting up a base from which to explore the area. Campers and others wanting to enjoy the outdoors as soon as possible can opt for campsites and RV parks, all best accessed by car or taxi.
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