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  • Address: Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Hours: Daily, year-round

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Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) Tours

It’s tough to decide which is more beautiful: the cobalt hue of the aptly-named “Blue Lake” as it sparkles in the midday sun, or the deep green of the Whakarewarewa Forest that hugs the shore of the lake. Either way, the natural beauty is what makes this lake a Rotorua favorite, and it’s the best place in town for swimming, water skiing, and reconnecting with nature. Thanks to a pumice and rhyolite bottom that’s reflected by the sun, the blue color of this small lake is just too inviting for a swim. Despite its small size and shallow depth the water is still relatively cool, and the north end beach is the place to be on the hottest days of summer. If you’d prefer to work up a sweat instead before cooling off with a swim, a 3.5-mile walking trail encircles the entire lake. Walk beneath the shaded groves of the Whakarewarewa forest, and leave footprints in the lakeshore sand before jumping in for a swim. From parts of the trail, you can get clear views of the neighboring “Green Lake” and its protected, sacred waters, and of all the lakes in Rotorua, Lake Tikitapu is the closest to town and a favorite of travelers with children.

Practical Info

Lake Tikitapu is 5.5 miles southeast of Rotorua. There are public toilets, BBQ facilities, picnic areas, and a playground, as well as a boat ramp on the north of lake that can be very busy on weekends. 

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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Geothermal Geyser Tour and Agrodome Combo Including Lunch, ... 
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Geothermal Geyser Tour and Agrodome Combo Including Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

This is a small group tour All entrance fees and cultural show included in the price Two course lunch and unlimited teas and coffee included  ...  Read more

Location: Tauranga, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $131.61
15-Minute Crater Lakes Flight by Helicopter from Rotorua, Rotorua, Ports of Call Tours
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15-Minute Crater Lakes Flight by Helicopter from Rotorua

Join us to view Rotorua beyond the crater rim. Enjoy spectacular views of our hidden lakes district, distant volcanoes and local geothermal activity in this ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 15 minutes (approx.)

From USD $135.08
Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour, Rotorua, Helicopter Tours
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Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour

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Tour Rotorua's most popular geothermal parks and colorful lakes on a day trip led by a local naturalist guide. You'll see the Lady Knox Geyser erupt, visit ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $204.34
Rotorua Duck Tours - City and Lakes Tour, Rotorua, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Rotorua Duck Tours - City and Lakes Tour

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Discover Rotorua on a unique 90 minute sightseeing adventure onboard a WWII amphibious vehicle able to travel on land and water!

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $47.80
Rotorua Cultural Eco Small Group Afternoon Tour, Rotorua, Duck Tours
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Rotorua Cultural Eco Small Group Afternoon Tour

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Spend an afternoon exploring New Zealand’s Maori culture with visits to settlement sites and living villages. You will learn about Maori customs, traditions, ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.66
Mt. Tarawera Volcano Scenic Floatplane Tour from Rotorua, Rotorua, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Mt. Tarawera Volcano Scenic Floatplane Tour from Rotorua

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Fly high over breathtaking volcanic landscapes on an unforgettable 30-minute seaplane flight from Rotorua. See New Zealand's world-famous volcanic scenery as ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $169.71

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