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Lake Rotorua

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Address: Rotorua, New Zealand

The largest of a dozen lakes formed by volcanic activity, this clear, calm...

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.

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Nice Lake

We walked along the lake on the walking trail & thorouly enjoyed it. It is pretty & scenic. A little smelly near the sulpher vents.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Barry L
Timmins, Canada
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Timmins, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We walked along the lake on the walking trail & thorouly enjoyed it. It is pretty & scenic. A little smelly near the sulpher vents.

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Quenington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There is so much to see around the lake. Thermal springs in so many places, amazing birds are feeding around the shore. Trail walks take you into more remote areas and this is such a quiet area, so you rarely see anyone. The buildings around the lake make a lovely backdrop to the exploring.

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Due West, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautiful volcanic caldera lake with exceptional watersports. Very calm water great for kayaking, but the wind sometimes precludes parasailing.

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stayed in the Sudima Hotel right alongside the lake. From here we could see some amazing sights including birdlife on a steaming lake. Nearby there was a walk that took us a short distance alongsie the edge of the lake to include Cameron's Laughing Gas pool which I thought was fascinating. Not spectacular but definitely amazing. Also its amazing... More 

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Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We are here in nz for 8 wks and were told to visit as it's a must. Our first observation was that nothing is really signposted. You know it's there but it doesn't say much about anything. As we were staying on the lakeside and had a car we drove around stopping of at things as and when you fancied.... More 

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Ashby-de-la-Zouch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Rotorua really does have a real gem here. We visited most says during our month long stay in Rotorua. At weekends the lakeside is buzzing with tourists and locals enjoying the many waterborne activities that are available. Beautiful black swans swim on the lake. Maybe you just want to sit and watch the speedboats, the floatplanes, the helicopters or pedalos,... More 

Thank Keith C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were lucky to have a campsite on the lake shore, for our motorhome. There was a lovely walk along the beach from it. We were surprised, that in spite of the high mineral content in the water, there were lots of swans on it. As with many geothermal areas we were able to dig in the sand to find... More 

Thank Milliemax64
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed a one hour stroll along the lake. Good paths and board walks. Beautitul little beaches, swans, views ... went as far as Sulphur Bay where we saw lots of thermal activity

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Luton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lake Rotorua is located to the north of the city and was created from a volcano that last erupted 240,000 years ago and as a consequence the magma chamber underneath collapsed and left a depression known as the Rotorua Caldera. It is a particularly pleasant area and there were a lot of people enjoying the tranquillity of the lake on... More 

Thank paullegate
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice place to visit on a sunny day, never on a cloudy day...the sulphur stench can be a bit too strong. Take your packed lunch and sit by the many parks around the lake to enjoy a great time with family and friends. There are many things to do as well, like a weekend market, go fishing or simply feed... More 

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