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Lake Rotoiti Vacation Packages

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.

Travel is always so much more than just seeing new places. It's all about the things you can do while you're away!

Make the most of your vacation in Lake Rotoiti by getting into a couple of its activities. Begin with an Evening Kayak Tour to Manupirua Hot Pools & Glowworm Caves or a Katoa Jet & Geothermal Manupirua Hot Springs Tour.

If you'd rather view the full range of activities, head to our Lake Rotoiti things to do page.


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Moose Lodge Estate ¥71,259
Moose Lodge Estate

Moose Lodge Estate

843 State Highway 30 RD4, Rotorua, Tikitere
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Tikitere, this beach lodge 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 Pools. Lake Rotoehu and Te Amorangi Museum are also within 9 mi (15 km).

    Athena Lakeside ¥19,710
    Athena Lakeside

    Athena Lakeside

    285 Whangamoa Drive RD 4, Okere Falls, Rotorua
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in a rural location, this bed & breakfast is within 20 mi (32 km) of Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools, Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest, and Tamaki Maori Village. Polynesian Spa and Blue Baths are also within 20 mi (32 km).

      VR Rotorua Lake Resort ¥7,178
      VR Rotorua Lake Resort

      VR Rotorua Lake Resort

      366 State Highway 33, Mourea
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Rotoiti and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Okere Falls Scenic Reserve. Hell's Gate and Wai Ora Spa and Te Amorangi Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Ramada Resort By Wyndham Rotorua Marama ¥12,269
        Ramada Resort By Wyndham Rotorua Marama

        Ramada Resort By Wyndham Rotorua Marama

        1420 Hamurana Road, RD4, Rotorua, Mourea
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in a rural location, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Rotoiti and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Okere Falls Scenic Reserve. Hell's Gate and Wai Ora Spa and Te Amorangi Museum are also within 9 mi (15 km).

          Lakefront Holiday Home ¥39,849
          Lakefront Holiday Home

          Lakefront Holiday Home

          364 Maniatutu Road, Lake Rotoiti, Okere Falls
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Offering direct access to the beach, this Okere Falls vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Rotoiti and within 9 mi (15 km) of Okere Falls Scenic Reserve and Lake Rotoehu. Hell's Gate and Wai Ora Spa and Te Amorangi Museum are also within 12 mi (20 km).

            The Kaituna Cottage BNB
            The Kaituna Cottage BNB

            The Kaituna Cottage BNB

            3H Trout Pool Road, Okere Falls, Bay of Plenty
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Okere Falls, this spa cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Okere Falls Scenic Reserve and Lake Rotoiti. Hell's Gate and Wai Ora Spa and Te Amorangi Museum are also within 9 mi (15 km).

              Twinlake Villas ¥18,435
              Twinlake Villas

              Twinlake Villas

              1420 Hamurana Road, Mourea, Rotorua
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the airport, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Rotoiti and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Okere Falls Scenic Reserve. Hell's Gate and Wai Ora Spa and Te Amorangi Museum are also within 9 mi (15 km).

                Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort ¥8,586
                Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort

                Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort

                77 Robinson Avenue, Holden's Bay, Rotorua
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Rotorua, this luxury hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Te Amorangi Museum and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Lake Rotoiti. Rotorua Golf Club and Government Gardens Golf are also within 6 mi (10 km).