Time Required : 2-3 hours
Known as ‘Burnt Spear’, Lake Tarawera is one of the largest lakes in New Zealand. Before the volcanic eruption of Mt. Tarawera in the late 19th century, it used to be a home to several Maori settlements and villages. The place spreading over some 39 square kilometers has no entry fees as such and is really scenic too. The lake is a product of volcanic activity of Tarawera Volcanic Zone and has a high content of sulphur which gives it an exotic yellowish green hue.
The lake also has natural hot springs due to its geothermal activity in certain areas of the southern and northern shores which you will be guided by an experienced local guide. It is really deep and water stays there for over a decade. The place also has the iconic natural wonder, Pink and White Terraces. It has walking tracks chalked out to trail you through the geothermal spaces without getting dangerously close to the volcanic boundaries.
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 Celsius. 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.