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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.

Make the most of your time at Lake Tikitapu. Here is a list of the best things to do:

Do you want to make your visit that much more special? A Tarawera & Lakes Tour and a Rotorua City & Lakes Tour are both worth considering.

Peruse our Rotorua things to do page to find many more activities while you're here.


Guide to Exploring around Lake Tikitapu


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Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park ¥6,414
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).

    Holiday Inn Rotorua ¥8,252
    Holiday Inn Rotorua

    Holiday Inn Rotorua

    10 Tryon Street, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Rotorua hotel is steps from Whakarewarewa Hot Springs and Whakarewarewa: The Living Maori Village. Tamaki Maori Village and Polynesian Spa are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      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).

        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).

          Rydges Rotorua ¥7,286
          Rydges Rotorua

          Rydges Rotorua

          272 Fenton St, Rotorua
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Fenton Street, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Racing Rotorua, Tamaki Maori Village, and Polynesian Spa. Whakarewarewa Hot Springs and Rotorua Central Mall are also within 1 mi (2 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, Whakarewarewa Hot Springs, and Buried Village. 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).

                Ted's Place
                Ted's Place

                Ted's Place

                Kariri Point, Lake Tarawera, Bay of Planty
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the airport, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Tarawera and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Buried Village. Lake Rotokakahi and Lake Tikitapu are also within 6 mi (10 km).