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Lake Tarawera
Travel Guide

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.

Solitaire Lodge
Solitaire Lodge
5 out of 5
16 Ronald Road, Lake Tarawera, Rotorua
The price is ¥111,018 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

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! (16 reviews)

"Service was excellent, food was great, Common lounge areas were comfortable, our room had fantastic lake views but the resort itself generally needs updating."…"

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2020

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Spencer Lodge
Spencer Lodge
4.5 out of 5
144 Spencer Rd, Lake Tarawera, Bay Of Plenty
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Situated near the airport, this luxury vacation home is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Lake Tarawera and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Buried Village. Lake Tikitapu and Lake Okareka ...

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The Woolshed Spencer Lodge Estate
The Woolshed Spencer Lodge Estate
4 out of 5
Spencer Road, Lake Tarawera, Bay of Planty
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Situated in Lake Tarawera, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Lake Tarawera, Buried Village, and Whakarewarewa Hot Springs. Lake Rotokakahi and Lake ...

The Woolshed Spencer Lodge Estate
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Spencer Lodge
Spencer Lodge
4.5 out of 5
144 Spencer Rd, Lake Tarawera, Bay Of Plenty

Situated near the airport, this luxury vacation home is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Lake Tarawera and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Buried Village. Lake Tikitapu and Lake Okareka ...

Spencer Lodge
The Woolshed Spencer Lodge Estate
The Woolshed Spencer Lodge Estate
4 out of 5
Spencer Road, Lake Tarawera, Bay of Planty

Situated in Lake Tarawera, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Lake Tarawera, Buried Village, and Whakarewarewa Hot Springs. Lake Rotokakahi and Lake ...

The Woolshed Spencer Lodge Estate
Boat Shed at Lake Tarawera - BACH OF THE YEAR 2020 GOLD MEDAL WINNER!
Boat Shed at Lake Tarawera - BACH OF THE YEAR 2020 GOLD MEDAL WINNER!
Lake Tarawera, Bay of Plenty Region

This family-friendly Lake Tarawera vacation home is located on the beach, within 3 mi (5 km) of Lake Tarawera and Buried Village. Lake Rotokakahi and Lake Tikitapu ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (76 reviews)
Awesome accommodation!

"Excellent location & the facilities were outstanding . Communication with hosts was easy. Thanks will stay again"…"

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2021

Boat Shed at Lake Tarawera - BACH OF THE YEAR 2020 GOLD MEDAL WINNER!
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