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Lake Tikitapu
Vacation Travel Guide

Lake Tikitapu featuring landscape views and a lake or waterhole

Explore one of the region’s most beautiful lakes and relax on the beach beside the sparkling water.

Lake Tikitapu is also known as “Blue Lake”, because of its gorgeous sapphire waters. Lie out in the sun on the lakeside beach and cool off with a refreshing dip in the waters. Stride along the scenic walking trail and take in panoramic views of the lake.

Bring food and drinks with you and spend a day in the idyllic surroundings. Set up a base on the beach at the north end or make use of the barbecue facilities and cook a feast for your family and friends. From the picnic area above the beach, you can look down over the forest-encircled lake. Notice its striking colour; a bed of pumice and rhyolite makes the water in this collapsed volcano crater glow a deep shade of blue.

Paddle around in the lake’s calm, clean water. If you enjoy fishing, keep your feet dry and take advantage of the excellent angling on offer here instead. Rainbow trout inhabit the water and are particularly abundant between May and August when they spawn close to the shoreline.

Stretch your legs during a stroll around the lake. The woodland trail that forms a loop is just over 6 kilometres (3 miles) long and will take approximately an hour to complete. Watch for native birds such as tuis and fantails. Stop at the southeast end to marvel at the strange green waters of Lake Rotokakahi and admire the magnificent views from the lookout point on the southwest corner.

Lake Tikitapu is a 15-minute drive southeast of Rotorua. Find parking at the northern end of the lake as well as toilets and a children’s playground. Additional parking is available at the southern end between the two lakes. The lake is popular for boating and waterskiing and regularly hosts events.

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Top Hotels Close to Lake Tikitapu

Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park
Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park
3 out of 5
723 Tarawera Rd, Lake Okareka
The price is ¥5,282 per night from May 11 to May 11
Situated on a lake, this holiday park is within 9 mi (15 km) of Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest, Tamaki Maori Village, and Rotorua Night Market. Blue Baths and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (11 reviews)
"Was a fantastic place to stay. Thank you 😊 beautiful"

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2021

Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park
Stylish + Modern - Lake Okareka
Stylish + Modern - Lake Okareka
Lake Okareka, Bay of Plenty Region
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Situated on the waterfront, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lake Okareka, Lake Tikitapu, and Whakarewarewa Hot Springs. Lake Rotokakahi is 2.9 mi ...
5/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Nice spot
"We had a great stay here. The owners are very friendly and set up a portacot for our toddler to sleep in which was handy! Very close to the boat ramp if you have a boat. Definitely check out boyes beach. 15min drive from Rotorua so it’s nice and secluded if that’s what you’re looking for, but not ..."

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2021

Stylish + Modern - Lake Okareka
Charming Holiday Hideaway Near the Lake
Charming Holiday Hideaway Near the Lake
Lake Okareka, Bay of Plenty Region
The price is ¥9,861 per night from May 10 to May 10
This family-friendly Lake Okareka apartment building is located in a rural location, within 2 mi (3 km) of Lake Okareka, Lake Tikitapu, and Whakarewarewa Hot ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (48 reviews)
Cosy and Comfortable
"A little further from town than we normally stay, but it was a great choice. The local lake is an easy walk away with a jetty to jump off. Only a few minutes drive from the blue lake and the mountain bike trails on that side. The apartment was cute, comfortable with all the mod cons. And a good amount ..."

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2021

Charming Holiday Hideaway Near the Lake
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park
Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park
3 out of 5
723 Tarawera Rd, Lake Okareka
The price is ¥5,282 per night from May 11 to May 11
Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park
Stylish + Modern - Lake Okareka
Stylish + Modern - Lake Okareka
Lake Okareka, Bay of Plenty Region
Stylish + Modern - Lake Okareka
Charming Holiday Hideaway Near the Lake
Charming Holiday Hideaway Near the Lake
Lake Okareka, Bay of Plenty Region
The price is ¥9,861 per night from May 10 to May 10
Charming Holiday Hideaway Near the Lake
Lake Okareka Quiet Haven
Lake Okareka Quiet Haven
Lake Okareka, Bay of Plenty Region
Lake Okareka Quiet Haven
Stunning Lake Okareka
Stunning Lake Okareka
Lake Okareka, Bay of Plenty Region
Stunning Lake Okareka
Lake View Okareka - Lake Okareka Holiday Home
Lake View Okareka - Lake Okareka Holiday Home
Lake Okareka, Bay of Plenty Region
Lake View Okareka - Lake Okareka Holiday Home
Stunning Bush Clad Setting - Beautiful Lake Views
Stunning Bush Clad Setting - Beautiful Lake Views
Lake Okareka, Bay of Plenty Region
Stunning Bush Clad Setting - Beautiful Lake Views
Retreat on the Ridge
Retreat on the Ridge
3.5 out of 5
4 Ridge Road, Lake Okareka, Rotorua
Retreat on the Ridge
Private Apartment With Lake Views
Private Apartment With Lake Views
Lake Okareka, Bay of Plenty Region
Private Apartment With Lake Views
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.