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“Great lunch by the lake” 4 of 5 stars
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Lake Rotorua
Rotorua, New Zealand
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Lake Rotorua Jet Boat Ride
Ranked #23 of 66 things to do in Rotorua
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Owner description: 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.
Beenleigh
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“Great lunch by the lake”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We had a picnic by the lake and had great views over the lake. There were geese, ducks, and inquisitive black swans with red beaks swimming in front of us. Very restful and relaxing after a full morning of sight seeing. In the park nearby was a Maori war canoe with elaborate carvings and shell insets. We took quite a number of good photos.

Visited February 2014
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Oldham, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful place to see the birds”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Loved the lake and seeing all the species of birds. Rotorua can be a very hectic place but there is always an oasis of tranquility

Visited March 2014
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“A Disabled Person's Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Yes, it's me again, (Zimmer Frame Man)!
I found the lake front, in the Lake Road vicinity, is very accessible. The whole area is well paved and fairly flat - probably excellent for scooter racing!
Unfortunately, most of the lake access points away from the central city area are really only suitable for able-bodied people - indeed, most, if not all, are primarily designed for boat-ramp access purposes. I think that anyone with a robust scooter would also find these access points quite usable.

Visited March 2014
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London ontario
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“The water was warm”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

The lake is warm to the touch due to the many thermal springs located beneath the surface. The water smelled of Hydrogen Sulfide but not enough to turn you off. The island in the middle was a Maori outpost in early years.

Visited March 2014
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Canberra, Australia
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“Lovely”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

The lake is visually very lovely either to sit next to at a café or have some adventures on. There are also several walks to go on near and or around it.

Visited March 2014
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