Lake Rotorua, Rotorua

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Stretching for miles and miles, Lake Rotorua boasts the title of North Island's second-largest lake. Though the lake's high volume of sediment does not lend itself to water sports, the surroundings make a special treat for a wide variety travelers. Drive, walk, or cycle through the lush surroundings to discover farmland, native bush, and bubbling geothermal springs. If you do want to get onto the water, consider a trout fishing trip or hopping aboard the traditional paddle steamer that cruises the lake. Before you head to Rotorua, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Rotorua vacation trip planner, to make sure you see all that Rotorua has to offer, including Lake Rotorua.
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  • Nice area, plenty to do. Sailing, flying, hiking, bathing (Hell's Gate), dining, gondola, mountain biking and wine tasting (me!) I stayed at newly renovated Lake Rotorua hotel and was a comfortable 3-...  more »
  • i love going and sitting by the lake in the evening. there are a lot of activities by the lake like the sea planes and helicopters can be booked to go to the volcanic mountains or then there is the la...  more »
  • Although the lake is picturesque and the gardens to the east really nice, accessibility and parking options are limited. Get there early to gain a nice spot or just drive on south for easier accessibl...  more »