Rotorua is well known for its lakes and great swimming locations, but have you been to all these local-favourite spots?
Lake Tikitapu – also known as the Blue Lake by locals – is Rotorua’s most well-loved swimming spot. Surrounded by beautiful forest and bush, take the 5.5km dog-friendly walk circling the lake before cooling down with a dip. This spot is also great for taking the boat out and other water sports, so make sure you’re swimming in the designated area.
Bring the family and spend the day making use of the facilities including the playground, barbeques, picnic tables, toilet facilities and boat ramp.
On the far side of Lake Tarawera lies Te Rātā Bay, home to Rotorua’s very own hot water beach. This spot is perfect for warming up on a cold day. Access this spot by boat, water taxi, or spend the day hiking the advanced Tarawera Trail to reach the other side. Don’t forget to bring a shovel to dig yourself a private natural hot pool!
Okere Falls is a small town just out of Rotorua. The Trout Pool Swimming Hole is a great place to really dive into nature, only recommended for strong swimmers. It’s also possible to jump into the Kaituna Stream which will float you down to the swimming hole, lazy river style.
The Kaituna River is also home to some epic white water rafting, adventure kayaking, and some great scenic walking tracks. Make sure to stop by the Okere Falls Store and Café for some local goodies, craft beers, and delicious food.
This lake has beautiful clear waters, perfect for swimming, boating and fishing. This lake is not as large as Lake Tikitapu, but it gets much less crowded which makes it easy to keep an eye on the kids. Pick up some food in Rotorua and take the scenic drive to Boyes Beach to have a picturesque picnic and let the kids enjoy the children’s playground and calm, shallow water.