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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  • There was a really nice area to go walking round here which was lovely, I Didn't think it was a patch on the views for some of the South island lakes but still a nice place to visit.  more »
  • Lovely lake in Rotorura, unfortunately not shown at its best to us due to poor weather. Still a short walk from the town centre we still sat and enjoyed the scenery and the lovely black swans that res...  more »
  • Beautiful lake, steam mud flats, birds, close to town, hotel. Helicopter, boats, activities, quite big  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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