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Lake Rotorua, Rotorua Overview

Regarded to be the second largest lake in the North Island of New Zealand, the lake of Rotorua is one of the prime tourist attractions for people visiting the city of Rotorua in New Zealand. It stretches for about 79.8 square kilometres and has a depth of 10 meters. The city of Rotorua is located on the lake's southern shore, and the town of Ngongotaha is on the western coast of the same.

So if you plan to dedicate a significant chunk of your time around the lake, you would not be short of accommodation both the city has to offer. The lake is a product of the volcanic activity of the Taupo Volcanic Zone and has a high content of sulfur which gives it an exotic yellowish-green hue. The lake also has natural hot springs due to its geothermal activity in certain areas, which an experienced local guide will guide you.

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Best Time to Visit

The lakes are open perennially but like any tourist spot, places like beaches and lakes are best visited during its moderate months, preferably the time of autumn or spring. Autumn falls in the month of March to May and spring in the months of September to December.

The temperature is at an average of 23-25 degrees. You are advised to carry umbrellas since rains here get unpredictable. If you plan to visit the lake in bright daylight, you may want to take sunscreen lotions since it gets quite warm during the daytime.

Things to Do

BEACH SPORTS- The very word beach opens up an eclectic range of water sports for us to play clad in our swimsuits, them being volleyball, swimming race, rugby, racquetball, etc.

CAMPING- If caving is not up to your alley, you can always opt for some good old’ camping along the coast of the beach. Imagine sleeping to the light snoring of the waves and waking up to the scattered hum of the birds.

SURFING- The high tidal waves makes the beach conducive for surfers to surf their way out. It is irresistible, to say the least, even for the non-surfers.

STROLL BOATING- For the non-surfers, the gentle waves make it a point to not leave you out on the fun. Stroll boating is a big-time yes for any tourist. 

WALKING AND TRAMPING- The sandy plains and the road leading to and beyond the lake, mainly toward the two cities it is surrounded with on its western and southern shore are very ideal to stroll around and keep yourself active.

FISHING- Rotorua lakes are considered to be ideal by fishermen all across the world. Apart from Lake Rotorua, there are thirteen other secondary lakes fit for fishing. They are known for there high-quality fish, clear water and gentle waves. The catch rates spike up around for the species of Rainbow and Brown Trout. 

PICNICKING- Lakes has always been an ideal spot to picnic and nibble on some light snacks with your family and friends. The shores of the Rotorua lake serves the same. With its gentle breeze blowing almost all year round, mellow sun during the months of autumn and spring and nearby local food joints, the place is ideal if you have a picnic as a to-do on your trip to New Zealand.

GOLFING- There are several golfing ground in and around the Rotorua junction. The even terrains, immaculate grass all sets for a conducive environment for golfing.

HOT POOLS- Due to the geothermal activity of Lake Rotorua, it has been a go-to spot of hot pools for visitors since the 19th century. Rotorua now boasts of several curated hot pools or springs in its lakes, private or naturally existing. Soaking in them is proven to be therapeutically relaxing and also bears several medical benefits.

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  • The lake of Rotorua is one of the prime tourist attractions for people visiting the city of Rotorua in New Zealand.
  • It stretches for an area of about 79.8 square kilometers and a depth of 10 meters.
  • The city of Rotorua is located on the southern shore of the lake and the town Ngongotaha on the western shore of the same.

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