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Lake Rotorua
Lake Rotorua

Lake Rotorua

Free admission
Lake Rotorua, Rotorua, North Island

The Basics

Lake Rotorua is surrounded by a geothermal playground and offers a variety of activities for travelers. Visitors may take a cruise through the Ohau Channel, which connects with Lake Rotoiti, and relax with a soak at the remote Manupirua Thermal Springs. Tour options include kayaking along the lakeshore, jetting around on a speedboat, or hurtling over falls on a white-water rafting trip.

Among other specialized tours are seaplane flights, which include a thrilling water takeoff and landing, and helicopter tours that offer aerial views of the city and lake. Adventure travelers may opt for a solo or tandem parasailing experience above Lake Rotorua. Horseback rides and 4WD buggy tours take travelers off the beaten path. Combine your adventure with a day trip to the Blue and Green lakes and bubbling geysers.

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Katoa Jet Boat tour on Lake Rotorua
Katoa Jet Boat tour on Lake Rotorua
$54.15 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great fun- even for the very old and very young
I took my grandson and his Mum on this and found it to be informative and fun.....even if Kevin did have to keep dodging all those imaginery rocks in the middle of the lake. My grandson is 9 and thought is was awesome, his grandmother much older and not enjoying the turns as much as he did.
Gaylene_C, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Rotorua

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Great fun- even for the very old and very young
Gaylene_C, Jun 2022
Katoa Jet Boat tour on Lake Rotorua
I took my grandson and his Mum on this and found it to be informative and fun.....even if Kevin did have to keep dodging all those imaginery rocks in the middle of the lake. My grandson is 9 and thought is was awesome, his grandmother much older and not enjoying the turns as much as he did.
star-5
Awesome speedy spinny boat ride
Paula_M, May 2022
Katoa Jet Boat tour on Lake Rotorua
I took my 30 yr old son who absolutely loved it. When I looked at him he was smiling from ear to ear. He never does adventurous things so it was great.
star-5
Love love loved this...
Tait_M, Apr 2022
Katoa Jet Boat tour on Lake Rotorua
Love love loved this experience...Kelvin was such a cool and fun guide.We had so much fun and we are definitely doing this again
star-5
Totally recommend
Renee_T, Jan 2022
Katoa Jet Boat tour on Lake Rotorua
Highlight of recent trip to Rotorua (in terms of activities) so fun and loved the storytelling eg Hinemoa and Tūtanekai - very rich history in the area and told with a sense of humour. Would have loved to go onto Mokoia island (a very tragic history)so might need to come back another time
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What a trip!
Cathie_P, Dec 2021
Katoa Jet Boat tour on Lake Rotorua
Such a friendly team. Loved the trip and the stories about the place we were in. Will come again for sure.
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Exhilarating boat trip.
Clare_C, Nov 2021
Katoa Jet Boat tour on Lake Rotorua
The boat ride was so much fun, my 7 and 8 year old loved it! My husband and I were so impressed with the how great the team were, especially our driver who was so informative and funny.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • This natural feature is hard to miss, and is a must-see for visitors to Rotorua.

  • A large grassy area includes a children’s playground.

  • Wheelchair-accessible walkways make for easy strolling.

  • Outdoor activities last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, while day trips take you to other lakes and beyond.

  • A 10-minute Skyline Rotorua gondola ride guarantees panoramic views from the summit of Mt. Ngongotaha.

  • Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and plenty of water.

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How to Get There

The shores of Lake Rotorua are only 10 minutes north of downtown Rotorua by car. Many tours and day trips offer convenient hotel pickup and drop-off, and there is ample parking available for those who opt to self-drive. Walking and public transport options are within easy reach of most accommodations.

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When to Get There

Lake Rotorua is open year-round. Sunrise and sunset are especially good times for photo ops, whether you’re walking along the shore, taking a cruise, or setting out for a romantic evening stroll or family picnic. Sunny days in warmer months are ideal for water sports, but mud baths and thermal pools are perfect in winter.

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What’s in the Lake?

Though it’s not as large as neighboring Lake Taupo and not as nice for swimming, Lake Rotorua offers plentiful activities and views. The 920-foot (280-meter) elevation makes Rotorua’s water cooler than some other lakes in the region. The water’s green hue comes from sulfur and minerals. The lake is also alive with fish; go fly fishing for trout and try to reel in a big one!

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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