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Address: Rotorua, New Zealand
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The largest of a dozen lakes formed by volcanic activity, this clear, calm...

The largest of a dozen lakes formed by volcanic activity, this clear, calm lake offers cruises, kayaking and sailing, as well as great trout fishing.

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Lake Rotorua Paddle Boat Cruise with Breakfast or...
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Lake Rotorua Hot Springs and Jet Boat Tour

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Amazing place

This was a very relaxing g place to visit with a lot of great scenery. There were a lot of local restaurants that were fun to explore. We went to the lakefront market that was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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cold in nh
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53 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was a very relaxing g place to visit with a lot of great scenery. There were a lot of local restaurants that were fun to explore. We went to the lakefront market that was also fun. I would recommend checking this place out when you come to visit Rotorua

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Uk
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful place with plenty of restaurants. Lots of places to park and shops around. Such a nice place to stop at with lots to do.

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Thank Jennifer J
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the most scenic place in Rotorua ,,,, good place to go for a walk.very easy and pleasant for all ages.huge parking space .

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Thank peterwillson001
Cork, Ireland
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30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing Free walk around the Lake, with amazing geothermal activity. A Must do for all age. You can maybe rent a bike if walking 6-10km seem a little long. Do not hesitate to stray from the road and go as close to the lake as possible this is where it is the most beautiful

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Thank Fixy89
Melbourne, Australia
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53 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed a bit out of Rotorua on the LHS of the lake. Great view in any weather and easy to walk or cycle around. Plenty of things to do on the lake also.

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Thank GRAHAM M
Columbus, Ohio
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Skip lake Taupo and come here instead. What a gorgeous lake. Many layered and lots of hidden gems as you walk around it like hot springs and hot mud pools and black swans and pukeko. Absolutely lovely and peaceful. Also the lake is very close to the Government Gardens which is also a lovely attraction.

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Thank Nicole S
Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sometimes booked by large groups of holidaymakers, arriving by coach, so you have to judge the best time to get on. Suggest you go early or late to avoid the large groups.

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Thank Stephen B
Chard, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lake Rotorua is stunning, with a huge and varied ecosystem which is supported by the geothermal activity of the area. I saw heaps of seabirds resting in the lake, as well as feeding Pukeko with their young and a beautiful backdrop of the islands. You can walk, cycle or jog around the lake, and the access is wheelchair and pram... More 

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Thank alf_doober123
Doncaster, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here for two days during our new Zealand tour . The lake is beautiful to look at and many opportunities are on offer ,boat trips etc..we actually took our time to drive round the full lake stopping off and exploring the area and also enjoying food available at cafés and restaurants around the lake

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Thank tony n
Darlington, United Kingdom
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296 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a lovely lake. You really have to visit the lake and do one of the many walks that are available to the public

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