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Lakes & Rivers

Rotorua is well known for its 18 lakes, three major rivers and heaps of ways to enjoy many of them – even at night

 
Swimming, fishing, lakeside picnicking, paddle boarding and other water sports are the obvious activities, so hook up the boat and your floaties and head to Rotorua.
 
You can also soak your worries away at one of two secluded thermal hot water beaches accessible only by boat, luxury catamaran, floatplane or hike. Take a canoe, kayak or paddle board tour across a lake to see glow worms at night.
 
Do you prefer something a bit faster? Choose from an exhilarating jet boat experience through a tangled, man-made river at break-neck speed, or scream across Lake Rotorua in a jet boat that takes you to tour pristine Mokoia Island. You can even combine a jet boat ride with a unique geothermal experience at a natural hot water fall and hidden geothermal valley called The Squeeze.
 
Finally, one of Rotorua’s world-famous adventures is a must-do for adrenaline junkies: a whitewater rafting trip on the famous Kaituna River where you’ll drop off the world’s highest commercially raftable waterfall.

Check out our majestic lakes, including Lake Tarawera, Lake Rotoiti, Lake Ōkareka and the blue waters of Lake Tikitapu.

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$8 NZD
Hamurana Springs

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Discover the beauty of Hamurana Springs at your own pace or be guided by a descendant of the Ngāti Rangiwewehi people who first migrated to the area in the mid 1300’s. Enjoy the stunning natural elements and cultural stories that make this such a magical place.

Pure Cruise NZ

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Sailing on Lake Rotoiti the most stunning and undiscovered lake in Rotorua. Enjoy sailing, hot pools, fine cuisine in pure comfort.

$115 NZD
New Zealand River Jet

Lakes & Rivers, Central

At NZ Riverjet we specialise in the extra ordinary Jet Boating experience. With tours ranging from 1 hour to 5.5 hours, we offer our clients the opportunity to experience a true, kiwi, iconic adventure. 

$90 NZD
Paddle Board Rotorua

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Paddle Board Rotorua are Rotorua's premium paddle boarding and kayak experience providers. Well known for their paddle board and kayak glow worm tours.

Lakeland Queen

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Enjoy our geothermal dining cruise with breakfast, lunch or coffee cruise options on board the Lakeland Queen. Delicious food including complimentary tea or coffee and spectacular views across Lake Rotorua including the geothermal features of Sulphur Bay.

$85 NZD
Rotorua Rafting

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Rotorua Rafting offers the most spectacular white water rafting in Rotorua and is home to the largest commercially rafted waterfall in the world - Tutea Falls. With NZ native scenery and Maori history lining the gorge of the beautiful Kaituna River, let us show you our backyard.

$119 NZD
Raft the Kaituna River

Lakes & Rivers, Central

At Kaitiaki Adventures we’re passionate about continually providing world-class adventure tourism products in Rotorua. Infused with a unique blend of Maori culture, we’re inspired by the stunning environment we live in and the culture we live and breathe.

$500 NZD
Robfish Guided Fly Fishing

Lakes & Rivers, Central

New Zealand fly fishing champion Rob Vaz is a professional fly fishing guide, guiding from Rotorua and Central North Island locations. Rob offers not just a days guiding but an angling experience not to be forgotten.

$350 NZD
Rotorua Sight-Fishing Adventures

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Guided fly fishing for trout.

$50 NZD
Rotorua Duck Tours (Amphibious Sightseeing and Informational Tours)

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Guided sightseeing tours of Rotorua and the lakes region in a WWII amphibious landing craft. Splashdown onto pristine lakes surrounded by beautiful native forests. Rotorua Duck Tours are the perfect introduction to Rotorua’s geothermal and Māori history.

Fish & Game Eastern Region

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Fish & Game Eastern Region manages the trout fishery of the region including the world-famous Rotorua lakes.

$480 NZD
Lakeland Princess Trout Fishing Charters

Lakes & Rivers, Central

Lakeland Princess Trout Fishing Charters offers trout fishing adventures, ipicnic and catch your own lunch cruises on picturesque lakes Rotorua and Rotoiti.