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Lake Rotorua

Rotorua, New Zealand
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The largest of a dozen lakes formed by volcanic activity, this clear, calm lake offers cruises, kayaking and sailing, as well as great trout fishing.
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good43%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We borrowed a shovel from our hotel and dug up some sand until we found a thermal pool. It was a fun experience and my feet felt so soft after they sat in the pool for a while. Be cautious though as some of it...More

Thank Worldismyoyster1070
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just a glorious walking path. it is so interesting with all the thermals wonders around. And, it's free! Bring bug spray...we got bit by some sort of flea or fly. Very pretty and totally worth it.

Thank shendrix
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our Accommodation is a two bedroom sitting beside the Rotorua lakes. The lakes is so big that covers many towns. We drove around the lake and it will take hours to complete the trip. We found some houses built around or near the lake that...More

Thank Librado C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed right near the lake and found it really cool and interesting, although it’s a bit smelly! We dug in to the sand on the side of the lake and made “foot spas” but be warned, the water can get very hot!

Thank Jennifer P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This lake is very beautiful and surrounded by mountains. Its having lots of activities like scenic flights, helicopter ride etc. There are lots of restaurant nearby. Worth visiting..

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are in Rotorua, you can hardly miss out on a short visit to the lake. There are various activities from cruises to boat hire here, or you can do what we did and sit and view the lake. Must do it... it’s part...More

Thank Grembo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ciabatta bakery is in an industrial area. Where you most certainly would not expect a bakery. The host / owner and baker of the bakery is a very charming guy who is the perfect host. He was talking with the guest while they waited for...More

Thank Chermene
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stunning view, amazing place. The lake was formed from the crater of a volcano. Lake Rotorua is fed with water from a numerous streams; some such as the Utuhina flow warm water.

Thank T0urist7
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This lake is beautiful in an area of wonderful scenery- but its real highlight is that it is based on the edge of the worlds youngest geothermal Clive area. And accordingly it has an amazing amount of geysers, mud pools, hotels with naturally heated spas.

Thank Robin C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lake Rotorua has many highlights. It’s a beautiful scenic lake, with always something interesting to see, from whichever viewpoint. Love it!

Thank Karen G
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Raluca G
20 September 2017|
Response from jobst56 | Reviewed this property |
No, sorry, didn't go!
17 December 2016|
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Response from tony00001 | Reviewed this property |
Hi hobiton is just outside matamata which is about half way to Taupo so would make a good stop. The drive from Thames to matamata is about 1hr 20 minutes down on highway 27. I have not been to hobiton so unable to help... More