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Lake TaraweraNew Zealand

Surrounded by picnic areas, camping spots and bushwalking trails, this scenic lake is a favourite holiday destination for New Zealanders.

The glassy waters of Lake Tarawera wrap themselves around one side of the infamous Mount Tarawera, a towering volcano with a tragic history. This is the largest of the lakes that surround the volcano, covering an enormous 41 square kilometres (16 square miles). Visit the lake to fish for rainbow trout, swim at its hot water beaches and hike its network of walking trails to reach campsites, picnic spots and cascading waterfalls. Tour operators in the area can facilitate your adventures but Lake Tarawera’s accessibility is what attracts its broad range of visitors.

Explore the area surrounding the lake on foot to discover the natural beauty of Lake Tarawera. Hiking trails traverse the park, with a high concentration of trailheads at the Tarawera Outlet. Embark on a 4-hour return trip to the Tarawera Falls to feel the thick mist generated by the cascading water. If you’re feeling more adventurous, trek to the Hot Water Beach Campsite. Bring ample water and food for the journey, which takes 6 hours each way. Reserve a campsite to avoid disappointment during the popular summer months.

Those not up for a 6-hour trek can still discover the campsites and picnic areas of Lake Terawera. Take a water taxi to reach Hot Water Beach and bathe in the warm shallows. The geothermic activity of the volcano has created pockets of heated water where you can relax with a warm soak.

Learn about the tragic historic of the Māori village of Te Wairoa, which was destroyed in the 19th century when the volcano erupted, forming the lake. Join a scenic boat tour to have landmarks pointed out to you.

Lake Terawara is located about 45 minutes from the Kawerau township by car. Obtain a permit prior to arriving at the lake. This service, along with tour operators and charter boats, can be arranged in Kawerau.

Top Hotels in Lake Tarawera

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Solitaire Lodge
Solitaire Lodge
5 out of 5
16 Ronald Road, Lake Tarawera, Rotorua
The price is ¥98,227 per night

Situated near the airport, this luxury lodge is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Tarawera and 4.8 mi (7.7 km) from Buried Village. Whakarewarewa: The Living Maori Village ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)
Heaven on earth and worth the price.

"Wayne and Ingrid have created the ultimate high end vacation retreat in the most beautiful lakeside setting imaginable. Our room “Tarawera” was on the second floor with two sun decks and floor to ceiling windows on all sides. The full dining was as good as it gets. Every staff member was a prize, ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2017

Solitaire Lodge
Mana Sarovar
Mana Sarovar
4 out of 5
163 Spencer Road, Lake Tarawera

Situated in Lake Tarawera, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Tarawera and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Buried Village. Lake Rotokakahi and Lake Tikitapu ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)

"The design of the house and the view are fantastic. Only thing is wifi very weak. Bit overall super nice."…"

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2019

Mana Sarovar
The Wright House at Lake Tarawera
The Wright House at Lake Tarawera
4 out of 5
297 Spencer Road, Lake Tarawera

Situated near the beach, this vacation home is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Lake Tarawera and within 6 mi (10 km) of Whakarewarewa Hot Springs and Buried Village. Lake ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)

"The house is in a beautiful position, fantastic for large groups with seperate living and sleeping areas. Amazing access to the lake, and all the amenities you could ever need. Highly recommend."…"

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020

The Wright House at Lake Tarawera

Popular places to visit in Lake Tarawera

Buried Village
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Buried Village

Entombed by the eruption of a brutal volcano, this historic village has been perfectly preserved for more than 100 years.

Lake Rotorua
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Lake Rotorua

4.5/5(150 reviews)

One of the largest lakes on the North Island, this location offers an abundance of exciting activities as well as a fascinating geological and cultural history.

Lake Rotoiti
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Lake Rotoiti

4.5/5(20 reviews)

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

Skyline Rotorua
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Skyline Rotorua

4.5/5(58 reviews)

Take in the splendid scenery during a gondola ride and jump in a luge cart to navigate your way down the exciting mountain track.

Polynesian Spa
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Polynesian Spa

4.5/5(40 reviews)

Set among the serene Government Gardens on the shores of Lake Rotorua, these hot pools are an idyllic place to relax and unwind.

Tamaki Maori Village
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Tamaki Maori Village

4.5/5(45 reviews)

Explore the exhibits at Tamaki Maori Village, a popular museum in Rotorua. Stroll along the lakeside or visit the spas in this relaxing area.

Top things to do in Lake Tarawera

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

94% of travellers recommend
¥5,951
Per adult
Whakarewarewa - Guided Tour & Maori Cultural Performance
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Whakarewarewa - Guided Tour & Maori Cultural Performance

96% of travellers recommend
¥2,661
Per adult
Tauranga Cruise Excursion - Rotorua & Te Puia Tour
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Tauranga Cruise Excursion - Rotorua & Te Puia Tour

98% of travellers recommend
¥11,300
Per adult
Eco Thermal Park Tour
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Eco Thermal Park Tour

94% of travellers recommend
¥10,645
Per adult
Rotorua City & Lakes Tour
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Rotorua City & Lakes Tour

80% of travellers recommend
¥4,990
Per adult
Whitewater Rafting on the Kaituna River
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Whitewater Rafting on the Kaituna River

100% of travellers recommend
¥7,021
Per adult

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