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Lake Rotoiti
Vacation Travel Guide

Lake Rotoiti showing tranquil scenes and a lake or waterhole

Marvel at the pristine Nelson Lakes National Park as you kayak across this magnificent lake to thermal pools and glow worm caves. 

Take in views of forest-fringed waters, shimmering glow worm caves and the Southern Alps at Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park. Surrounded by towering mountains, all the lakes in this park were carved out by glaciers over thousands of years and have remained largely untouched. As well as making for a spectacular landscape, this has also allowed native wildlife to thrive.

Head to the Mainland Island area to the east of Lake Rotoiti, where you can hike the gentle trails. Pass through sweet-smelling, indigenous beech forest and enjoy great views across the water.

Be sure to grab a paddle and take to the water during your time at Lake Rotoiti. Kayaking tours run throughout the year and provide a superb opportunity to enjoy great views of the peaks that surround the lake. Your guide will lead you to a network of glow worm caves that can only be reached by water. Glide through the caves on your kayak and look up at the roofs shimmering with the light of these fascinating insects. The dark passages of these caves are among the only places in New Zealand where you can see glow worms during the day.

A short paddle from the caves will take you to a pool heated by thermal springs. As with the caves, the pool cannot be accessed on foot and your group may have the place to yourselves. Come at night to relax in the pool with a brilliant star-studded sky above you.

For those who would rather stay on the water’s edge, Lake Rotoiti is also known for its excellent fishing. Try fly fishing or drop a line to catch brown trout.

Lake Rotoiti is located approximately a 4-hour drive north from Christchurch. Stay in the pretty community of Saint Arnaud at the northern end of the lake, from where all lake excursions begin. Several guesthouses and hostels provide accommodation and there are campsites open during the summer.

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Top Hotels Close to Lake Rotoiti

Moose Lodge Estate
Moose Lodge Estate
3.5 out of 5
843 State Highway 30 RD4, Rotorua, Tikitere
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Situated in Tikitere, this beach lodge is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Lake Rotoiti and within 6 mi (10 km) of Hell's Gate and Wai Ora Spa and Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools. ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
"Beautiful facilities. Very elegant. Nothing to dislike about the service or the facilities."

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020

Moose Lodge Estate
Lakeside Hideaway - Lake Rotoiti Holiday Home
Lakeside Hideaway - Lake Rotoiti Holiday Home
Lake Okataina, Bay of Plenty Region
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Situated in Lake Okataina, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Rotoiti and within 6 mi (10 km) of Hell's Gate and Wai Ora Spa and Lake Rotoiti Hot ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Great Family Weekend
"A family group of ten of us stayed over the weekend. The home was very clean, well maintained, with generously appointed living spaces. The wood burner kept us toasty warm and we loved our meals around the large table in the dining area. Three separate upstairs wings including another large lounge ..."

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2020

Lakeside Hideaway - Lake Rotoiti Holiday Home
Relax Lakeside - Lake Rotoiti Bach
Relax Lakeside - Lake Rotoiti Bach
Lake Okataina, Bay of Plenty Region
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Situated in Lake Okataina, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Rotoiti and within 6 mi (10 km) of Hell's Gate and Wai Ora Spa and Lake Rotoehu. Lake ...
Relax Lakeside - Lake Rotoiti Bach
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Moose Lodge Estate
Moose Lodge Estate
3.5 out of 5
843 State Highway 30 RD4, Rotorua, Tikitere
Moose Lodge Estate
Lakeside Hideaway - Lake Rotoiti Holiday Home
Lakeside Hideaway - Lake Rotoiti Holiday Home
Lake Okataina, Bay of Plenty Region
Lakeside Hideaway - Lake Rotoiti Holiday Home
Relax Lakeside - Lake Rotoiti Bach
Relax Lakeside - Lake Rotoiti Bach
Lake Okataina, Bay of Plenty Region
Relax Lakeside - Lake Rotoiti Bach
Well Appointed Bach at Hinehopu
Well Appointed Bach at Hinehopu
Lake Rotoiti, Bay of Plenty Region
The price is ¥12,622 per night from May 10 to May 10
Well Appointed Bach at Hinehopu
VR Rotorua Lake Resort
VR Rotorua Lake Resort
4.5 out of 5
366 State Highway 33, Mourea
The price is ¥6,702 per night from Jun 7 to Jun 7
VR Rotorua Lake Resort
Lake Sanctuary - Lake Rotoiti Holiday Home
Lake Sanctuary - Lake Rotoiti Holiday Home
Rototai, Bay of Plenty Region
Lake Sanctuary - Lake Rotoiti Holiday Home
Fantail Cottage - Lake Rotoiti Holiday Home
Fantail Cottage - Lake Rotoiti Holiday Home
Rototai, Bay of Plenty Region
Fantail Cottage - Lake Rotoiti Holiday Home
Lakefront Holiday Home
Lakefront Holiday Home
3.5 out of 5
364 Maniatutu Road, Lake Rotoiti, Okere Falls
Lakefront Holiday Home
Stunning Lake House Retreat
Stunning Lake House Retreat
Rototai, Bay of Plenty Region
Stunning Lake House Retreat
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