Best lakes in Rotorua

Check out the top lakes in Rotorua, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Polynesian Spa
1. Polynesian Spa
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41 local reviews
Polynesian Spa, Hinemoa St
Open · Closes 11:00 PM
+64 7-348 1328
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Michael&Janaya
Relax and unwind on the tranquil shores of Lake Rotorua at Polynesian Spa - a world-leading, natural mineral…
Leanne & Jock
Nestled on the shores of Lake Rotorua lies Polynesian Spa – a geothermal bathing and soul soothing retreat,…
Tama
Nestled on the shores of Lake Rotorua lies Polynesian Spa – a geothermal bathing and soul soothing retreat,…
1. Polynesian Spa
1. Polynesian Spa
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41 local reviews
Polynesian Spa, Hinemoa St
Open · Closes 11:00 PM
+64 7-348 1328
Michael&Janaya
Michael&Janaya
Relax and unwind on the tranquil shores of Lake Rotorua at Polynesian Spa - a world-leading, natural mineral bathing and luxury spa retreat…
Leanne & Jock
Leanne & Jock
Nestled on the shores of Lake Rotorua lies Polynesian Spa – a geothermal bathing and soul soothing retreat, where you can experience…
Tama
Tama
Nestled on the shores of Lake Rotorua lies Polynesian Spa – a geothermal bathing and soul soothing retreat, where you can experience…
2. Third Place Café Rotorua
2. Third Place Café Rotorua
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18 local reviews
35 Lake Rd, Rotorua
Open · Closes 3:30 PM
07-349 4852
CafeArt galleryRestaurant
Dharmen
Third Place Cafe has one of the best views in town. Enjoy great food and company while overlooking Lake…
Keri
Nice place for brunch where you can sit overlooking Ohinemutu and the lake if you are lucky enough to get a…
Bernard
Beautiful view of the lake! They serve the best custard square in Rotorua and great coffee.
2. Third Place Café Rotorua
2. Third Place Café Rotorua
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18 local reviews
35 Lake Rd, Rotorua
Open · Closes 3:30 PM
07-349 4852
Dharmen
Dharmen
Third Place Cafe has one of the best views in town. Enjoy great food and company while overlooking Lake Rotorua and Saint Faiths Church in…
Keri
Keri
Nice place for brunch where you can sit overlooking Ohinemutu and the lake if you are lucky enough to get a table by the window.
Bernard
Bernard
Beautiful view of the lake! They serve the best custard square in Rotorua and great coffee.
3. Eat Streat
3. Eat Streat
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63 local reviews
Tutanekai St, Rotorua
Open · Closes 11:59 PM
+64 7-349 2904
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Leanne & Jock
Eat Streat Located at Tutanekai St, Rotorua, Bay Of Plenty, 3010 Known for Restaurant Eat Streat Located at…
Leanne
Eat Streat is one of Rotorua’s coolest hot spots in the city. At the lake end of Tutanekai Street, you will…
Lorna
It's a street undercover with a selection of resturants, walk along and look at the menus before trying to…
3. Eat Streat
3. Eat Streat
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63 local reviews
Tutanekai St, Rotorua
Open · Closes 11:59 PM
+64 7-349 2904
Leanne & Jock
Leanne & Jock
Eat Streat Located at Tutanekai St, Rotorua, Bay Of Plenty, 3010 Known for Restaurant Eat Streat Located at Tutanekai St, Rotorua, Bay Of…
Leanne
Leanne
Eat Streat is one of Rotorua’s coolest hot spots in the city. At the lake end of Tutanekai Street, you will enjoy quality restaurants, cafés…
Lorna
Lorna
It's a street undercover with a selection of resturants, walk along and look at the menus before trying to decide which one to choose! Take…
4. Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake)
4. Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake)
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12 local reviews
Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake)
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Lauren & Sam
Stunning panoramic views & a great quiet 1 hour walk around Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) is perfect on any day!…
Dianna
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the lakes just located down the road. Perhaps even a 5km stroll around the…
Michelle
An easy and beautiful 5.5km flat loop walk. Enjoy native bush and quiet beaches. The track provides good…
4. Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake)
4. Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake)
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12 local reviews
Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake)
Lauren & Sam
Lauren & Sam
Stunning panoramic views & a great quiet 1 hour walk around Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) is perfect on any day! Its very sheltered from the…
Dianna
Dianna
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the lakes just located down the road. Perhaps even a 5km stroll around the lake! Don't forget you are also…
Michelle
Michelle
An easy and beautiful 5.5km flat loop walk. Enjoy native bush and quiet beaches. The track provides good opportunities to look out over the…
5. Skyline Rotorua
5. Skyline Rotorua
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63 local reviews
178 Fairy Springs Rd, Fairy Springs
Closed · Opens in 28 minutes
+64 7-347 0027
CafeBarRestaurant
Nari
The Skyline Rotorua complex is situated just minutes from central Rotorua, high up Mt Ngongotaha. To begin…
Lorry And Gloria
Set high on the side of Mount Ngongotaha with extensive views of Rotorua city, Lake Rotorua, geothermal areas…
Keri
The gondola ride offers a view over Rotorua city and lake, depositing you on Mt Ngongotaha at the Skyline…
5. Skyline Rotorua
5. Skyline Rotorua
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63 local reviews
178 Fairy Springs Rd, Fairy Springs
Closed · Opens in 28 minutes
+64 7-347 0027
Nari
Nari
The Skyline Rotorua complex is situated just minutes from central Rotorua, high up Mt Ngongotaha. To begin your Skyline Rotorua adventure,…
Lorry And Gloria
Lorry And Gloria
Set high on the side of Mount Ngongotaha with extensive views of Rotorua city, Lake Rotorua, geothermal areas and surrounding hinterlands,…
Keri
Keri
The gondola ride offers a view over Rotorua city and lake, depositing you on Mt Ngongotaha at the Skyline Restaurant and Cafe. This is also…
6. Blue Lake
6. Blue Lake
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7 local reviews
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Jemma
Walking around the Blue Lake and take in the breath taking views or during the warmer months take a dip in…
Lorna
It's a beautiful lake and you can walk all the way around it. It has a children's playground. One of the…
Letitia
Take a picnic, hike, run, walk around the lake or just spend the day swimming.
6. Blue Lake
6. Blue Lake
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7 local reviews
Jemma
Jemma
Walking around the Blue Lake and take in the breath taking views or during the warmer months take a dip in this popular spot.
Lorna
Lorna
It's a beautiful lake and you can walk all the way around it. It has a children's playground. One of the must sees!
Letitia
Letitia
Take a picnic, hike, run, walk around the lake or just spend the day swimming.
7. Lake Tarawera
7. Lake Tarawera
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8 local reviews
Lake Tarawera, Lake Tarawera
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Bernard
The most beautiful lake in the world! Fishing, walks or just enjoying the view. This place is magical and…
Chris And Barbara
Stunning vistas of lake and mountain with beautiful sandy beach and safe swimming. Kids playground, boat ramp…
Keri
One of our many lakes in the area - great boating, fishing and swimming. Also a hiking trail that takes you…
7. Lake Tarawera
7. Lake Tarawera
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8 local reviews
Lake Tarawera, Lake Tarawera
Bernard
Bernard
The most beautiful lake in the world! Fishing, walks or just enjoying the view. This place is magical and takes your breath away. There is…
Chris And Barbara
Chris And Barbara
Stunning vistas of lake and mountain with beautiful sandy beach and safe swimming. Kids playground, boat ramp and jetties. Hot water beach…
Keri
Keri
One of our many lakes in the area - great boating, fishing and swimming. Also a hiking trail that takes you out to Hot Water Beach.
8. The Landing Cafe
8. The Landing Cafe
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5 local reviews
Tarawera Rd, Lake Tarawera
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+64 7-362 8502
RestaurantPoint of interestFood
Linda
"The landing cafe" has got regular bookme specials, check it out. Fabulous views over Lake Tarawera day and…
Caro
Whenever I have visitors, we like to enjoy a leisurely drive to the Landing via the Blue and Green Lakes,…
Miriam
Cafe / restaurant ... good food and coffee, great views of the lake and the mountain, and a small walk,…
8. The Landing Cafe
8. The Landing Cafe
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5 local reviews
Tarawera Rd, Lake Tarawera
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+64 7-362 8502
Linda
Linda
"The landing cafe" has got regular bookme specials, check it out. Fabulous views over Lake Tarawera day and night. Cafe and Restaurant. If…
Caro
Caro
Whenever I have visitors, we like to enjoy a leisurely drive to the Landing via the Blue and Green Lakes, maybe stopover en route at a tiny…
Miriam
Miriam
Cafe / restaurant ... good food and coffee, great views of the lake and the mountain, and a small walk, public toilets etc; can also hire…
9. Lake Okareka
9. Lake Okareka
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4 local reviews
Lake Okareka, Lake Okareka
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Cheryl
Lake Okareka walkway, a lake edge walk , a boardwalk over a wetland area. A wonderful opportunity to watch…
Kerry
Lovely lake for swimming and walking around. Great playground for children at Boyes Beach.
Kelly Rae
Its in full sun along the lakes edge and wetlands, gorgeous open easy trail.
9. Lake Okareka
9. Lake Okareka
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4 local reviews
Lake Okareka, Lake Okareka
Cheryl
Cheryl
Lake Okareka walkway, a lake edge walk , a boardwalk over a wetland area. A wonderful opportunity to watch the variety of wildlife, with…
Kerry
Kerry
Lovely lake for swimming and walking around. Great playground for children at Boyes Beach.
Kelly Rae
Kelly Rae
Its in full sun along the lakes edge and wetlands, gorgeous open easy trail.
10. Adventure Playground
10. Adventure Playground
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5 local reviews
451 Ngongotaha Rd, Rotorua
Open · Closes 6:00 PM
0800 782 396
Travel agencyPoint of interestEstablishment
Leanne & Jock
Adventure Playground Located at 451 Ngongotaha Rd, Rotorua, Bay Of Plenty, 3072 Imagine being able to travel…
10. Adventure Playground
10. Adventure Playground
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5 local reviews
451 Ngongotaha Rd, Rotorua
Open · Closes 6:00 PM
0800 782 396
Leanne & Jock
Leanne & Jock
Adventure Playground Located at 451 Ngongotaha Rd, Rotorua, Bay Of Plenty, 3072 Imagine being able to travel over 750 acres of native bush…
11. Kuirau Park - Mud Pools
11. Kuirau Park - Mud Pools
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15 local reviews
Kuirau Park - Mud Pools, Rotorua
Establishment
Lorna
Want to see geothermal activity for free? This is the place to come! Walk across the board walk over the…
Letitia
A nice walk with free relaxing hot pools to sit and dip your feet. Take the access bridge and walk across the…
Marlene & Baz
Kuirau park - a nature park with geothermal foot baths, bubbling mud, hot springs and a lake, plus picnic…
11. Kuirau Park - Mud Pools
11. Kuirau Park - Mud Pools
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15 local reviews
Kuirau Park - Mud Pools, Rotorua
Lorna
Lorna
Want to see geothermal activity for free? This is the place to come! Walk across the board walk over the steaming lake (Corner of Ranolf…
Letitia
Letitia
A nice walk with free relaxing hot pools to sit and dip your feet. Take the access bridge and walk across the steaming hot lake and see some…
Marlene & Baz
Marlene & Baz
Kuirau park - a nature park with geothermal foot baths, bubbling mud, hot springs and a lake, plus picnic tables and a playground.
12. Waimangu Volcanic Valley
12. Waimangu Volcanic Valley
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8 local reviews
587 Waimangu Rd, Rotorua
Open · Closes 5:00 PM
07-366 6137
CafeFoodEstablishment
Aaron & Sarah
Geothermal walk, if you're not a keen walker this is not for you, but a bus is available to take you back if…
Heather
There is an amazing cruise boat across the lake here and much to see in this thermal park, which is just off…
Stephanie
Thermal attraction and Lake Rotomahana cruise to the famous pink & white terraces after the Tarawera eruption
12. Waimangu Volcanic Valley
12. Waimangu Volcanic Valley
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8 local reviews
587 Waimangu Rd, Rotorua
Open · Closes 5:00 PM
07-366 6137
Aaron & Sarah
Aaron & Sarah
Geothermal walk, if you're not a keen walker this is not for you, but a bus is available to take you back if you don't want to walk back up…
Heather
Heather
There is an amazing cruise boat across the lake here and much to see in this thermal park, which is just off SH38 on the way to Murupara.
Stephanie
Stephanie
Thermal attraction and Lake Rotomahana cruise to the famous pink & white terraces after the Tarawera eruption