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 visit Rotorua, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • i have visited lake rotorua twice,on a visit 2 see my sister and brother-in-law,who live in wellington,we caravanned up the island stopping at different places,there is a strong smell of sulpher,you c...  more »
  • It's a nice lake in the town centre of Rotorua. It's great to have picnic or to go with children to the playground there and enjoying the seaside. ;-)  more »
  • Who can imagine that a huge crater like this can exude so much peace. Here's why you shouldn't miss this lake: 1. Good place to enjoy peaceful thinking and duck watching. 2. Good idea to walk from end...  more »

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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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