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Lake Tikitapu

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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Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park
Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park

Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park

723 Tarawera Rd, Lake Okareka
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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 Kuirau Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).

    Retreat on the Ridge
    Retreat on the Ridge

    Retreat on the Ridge

    4 Ridge Road, Lake Okareka, Rotorua
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Lake Okareka, this vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Lake Okareka, Lake Tikitapu, and Whakarewarewa Hot Springs. Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

      The Wright House at Lake Tarawera
      The Wright House at Lake Tarawera

      The Wright House at Lake Tarawera

      297 Spencer Road, Lake Tarawera
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        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 Rotokakahi and Lake Tikitapu are also within 9 mi (15 km).

        Millennium Hotel Rotorua ¥8,523
        Millennium Hotel Rotorua

        Millennium Hotel Rotorua

        1270 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Rotorua hotel is located near the boardwalk, just steps from Rotorua Arts Village and Tamaki Maori Village. Polynesian Spa is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) away.

          Regal Palms Resort ¥12,081
          Regal Palms Resort

          Regal Palms Resort

          350 Fenton Street, Rotorua
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Fenton Street, this family-friendly Rotorua motel is within a 10-minute walk of Whakarewarewa Hot Springs and Rotorua Golf Club. Tamaki Maori Village and Polynesian Spa are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Spencer Lodge
            Spencer Lodge

            Spencer Lodge

            144 Spencer Rd, Lake Tarawera, Bay Of Plenty
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              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 are also within 9 mi (15 km).

              The Woolshed Spencer Lodge Estate
              The Woolshed Spencer Lodge Estate

              The Woolshed Spencer Lodge Estate

              Spencer Road, Lake Tarawera, Bay of Planty
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                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 Tikitapu are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Mana Sarovar
                Mana Sarovar

                Mana Sarovar

                163 Spencer Road, Lake Tarawera
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  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 are also within 6 mi (10 km).