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“Nice views”
Review of Lake Rotorua

Lake Rotorua
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Lake Rotorua Paddle Boat Cruise with Breakfast or Lunch
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$63.50*
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Parasailing on Lake Rotorua
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Kawarau Jet Rotorua and Mokoia Island Combo
Ranked #16 of 112 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.
North Vancouver, Canada
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102 reviews
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“Nice views”
Reviewed November 29, 2012

Nice views but don't expect fantastic beaches. Lots of boat and heli excursions from the simple tour of the lake to exploring the wildlife sanctuary island in the middle of the lake. I never treid any so I won't comment. But I did enjoy the walk around the lake.

Visited November 2012
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Wirral, United Kingdom
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“What a view”
Reviewed November 28, 2012

The sulphur can smell a bit but it's not bad and watching the shore line with puffs of steam is amazing.

Visited November 2012
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Australia
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“Beautiful in pleasant weather.....”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

This lake appears to have a circular shaped basin of water and we really underestimated its size. As we walked around we could see and hear the hissing and bubbling of geothermal activity.When the wind is right you can't fail to smell a distinctive sulphur odour - it also appears to give the Lake a yellow/green hue.

This is a favourite place for locals and visitors and on the weekend we were there it had a festive atmosphere due to a cycle competition and a market in the local park. We were lucky to have fine weather, which made it very amusing to see people having fun inside those inflated clear plastic balls on the water (a Zorb?).

The paddle wheeler did not appear to be running that day but would be lovely out on the water, a bevy of swans were honking for some treats including older cygnets, seagulls came swooping in close for those ‘hot chips’ (a long way from the sea!) and just a little further along the shore is the beautiful St Faith’s Church. There are a couple of cafes nearby which had some seriously good food or you could bring your own picnic to have on the grassed areas.

It’s the second largest lake in the North Island so we saw only a fraction of its size, however it is a delightful 'must see' while in Rotorua especially if the weather is pleasant.

Enjoy your visit!

Visited November 2012
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Greenwood, Indiana
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“Excellent Lake to visit”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

We visited the lake in the company of a guide - Grumpy Ed - something I would strongly recommend, especially if you are only in the area a few hours.

Visited October 2012
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Te Puke, New Zealand
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“Family day out”
Reviewed November 4, 2012

Lovely views out across the lake, nice to walk around, lots of people stop in parking areas to enjoy their lunch in the beautiful surroundings

Visited July 2012
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