Located east of Rotorua, Lake Rotoiti is a spectacular lake that’s a popular destination for water sports and unique experiences you won’t find anywhere else. In addition to lakefront hikes and other wilderness adventures, Lake Rotoiti is home to one of the only lakeside hot pool areas in New Zealand. Only accessible by water, the Lake Rotoiti hot pools are a must on your holiday. Lake Rotoiti also offers tours of glowworm caves, prime fishing destinations, cultural walks and other fun activities. Take a look at the best things to do in Lake Rotoiti and options for Lake Rotoiti accommodation to plan your holiday.
Lake Rotoiti accommodation
From luxurious lake resorts to sprawling lodges with space for the whole family, Lake Rotoiti offers an array of accommodation options for every type of traveller. Find out more about accommodation in Lake Rotoiti to see what you can expect.
Lake lodges for family stays
Lake lodges are a great choice for families with kids. With a lodge stay, you’ll have plenty of space for all the kids with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms and spacious living areas. Lodges also offer other perks for families, such as activities, gardens, outdoor play areas and pools. If you’re travelling with a large group, you can find lodges that easily accommodate multiple families or big groups of friends.
Lake-view villas for romantic trips
Booking a lake-view villa is the perfect way to enjoy some romance on your couple’s retreat. You can wake in the morning to the sunrise over the water and end the night with the colourful sunset over dinner or a glass of wine. Lake-view villas also offer beach access or community pools and spas, so you’ll have even more options for activities. Villas are also a great choice for families or groups, such as the holiday villa with space for 13 people, a sun-drenched garden, a giant trampoline and surrounding bushland with vibrant bird life.
Lakefront resorts for a touch of luxury
If you want a luxurious retreat, lakefront resorts give you all you need in one place. Resorts include many on-site amenities, such as boat docks, beach access, pools, hot tubs and organised activities or tours. You’ll also find resorts that have kid-friendly features like splash areas or playrooms. In the evening, you can dine or have drinks at the resort’s bar or restaurant.
Things to do in Lake Rotoiti
From admiring the wonders of bioluminescent glowworms to soaking in a hot pool on the lakefront, Lake Rotoiti offers a range of new and unique experiences for a memorable trip. Find out more about the best things to do in Lake Rotoiti for couples, families and adventurers.
Lake Rotoiti hot pools for romance
If you’re on a romantic trip, Lake Rotoiti is home to the incredible Manupirua Hot Pools, a set of geothermal pools that are only accessible by water. You can take a tour to kayak to the hot pools and soak in the soothing hot waters surrounded by native bushland. After your soak, you can cool off in the lake, take a ride on the waterslide, dine at the cafe or have a picnic on the lakefront. If you prefer to venture to the pools on your own, the area has a jetty for kayaks, boats and personal watercraft.
Glowworm kayaking for families
Perfect for all ages, glowworm tours are a must-do New Zealand experience for a family. You can book a tour to kayak with the kids through native bush rivers or lakes and see wildlife and shorebirds before reaching the highlight: the glowworm cave. Once inside the cave, you’ll experience the enchanting sight of thousands of glowworms illuminating the darkened space. Depending on the tour operator, you may also get lunch and access to the Manupirua Hot Pools with your glowworm tour.
Fishing and water sports for adventurers
Lake Rotoiti is a popular destination for all kinds of outdoor fun. You can enjoy water sports like boating, kayaking, sailing and water skiing on the lake, or simply relax on the shores and take in the views. Lake Rotoiti also boasts one of the best fishing areas in the region, Ruato Bay. Fishermen come to Ruato Bay to cast lines from the shore or boat to the deeper waters for trophy trout. You’ll also find an abundance of fish near the stream mouth for fishing with the kids. If you need a boat for your excursions or want a guided tour, Gisborne Point is home to tour operators and boat hires for family trips.