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Lake Rotoiti Vacation Packages

Marvel at the pristine Nelson Lakes National Park as you kayak across this magnificent lake to thermal pools and glow worm caves. 

Take in views of forest-fringed waters, shimmering glow worm caves and the Southern Alps at Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park. Surrounded by towering mountains, all the lakes in this park were carved out by glaciers over thousands of years and have remained largely untouched. As well as making for a spectacular landscape, this has also allowed native wildlife to thrive. 

Head to the Mainland Island area to the east of Lake Rotoiti, where you can hike the gentle trails. Pass through sweet-smelling, indigenous beech forest and enjoy great views across the water. 

Be sure to grab a paddle and take to the water during your time at Lake Rotoiti. Kayaking tours run throughout the year and provide a superb opportunity to enjoy great views of the peaks that surround the lake. Your guide will lead you to a network of glow worm caves that can only be reached by water. Glide through the caves on your kayak and look up at the roofs shimmering with the light of these fascinating insects. The dark passages of these caves are among the only places in New Zealand where you can see glow worms during the day.  

A short paddle from the caves will take you to a pool heated by thermal springs. As with the caves, the pool cannot be accessed on foot and your group may have the place to yourselves. Come at night to relax in the pool with a brilliant star-studded sky above you.

For those who would rather stay on the water’s edge, Lake Rotoiti is also known for its excellent fishing. Try fly fishing or drop a line to catch brown trout.

Lake Rotoiti is located approximately a 4-hour drive north from Christchurch. Stay in the pretty community of Saint Arnaud at the northern end of the lake, from where all lake excursions begin. Several guesthouses and hostels provide accommodation and there are campsites open during the summer.

A holiday is a fantastic time to slow down and unwind. It's also the perfect time to throw yourself into new experiences!

Looking forward to trying stacks of interesting things in Lake Rotoiti? Why not take a chance on an Evening Kayak Tour to Manupirua Hot Pools & Glowworm Caves or a Katoa Jet & Geothermal Manupirua Hot Springs Tour?

To view a complete list of activities, jump onto our Lake Rotoiti things to do page.

Would you like to make your stop at Lake Rotoiti even more special? Don't forget to try one or two of these activities:

You might like to consider buying an Evening Kayak Tour to Manupirua Hot Pools & Glowworm Caves or a Katoa Jet & Geothermal Manupirua Hot Springs Tour while you're visiting. These experiences are some of the most sought-after.

Examine our Rotorua things to do page to learn about many more activities in the area.


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Moose Lodge Estate AU$969
Moose Lodge Estate

Moose Lodge Estate

843 State Highway 30 RD4, Tikitere
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Tikitere, this beach guesthouse is within 3 miles (5 km) of Lake Rotoiti, Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools and Hell's Gate and Wai Ora Spa. Lake Rotoehu and Te Amorangi Museum are also within 9 miles (15 km).

    Ramada Resort By Wyndham Rotorua Marama AU$185
    Ramada Resort By Wyndham Rotorua Marama

    Ramada Resort By Wyndham Rotorua Marama

    1420 Hamurana Road, RD4, Rotorua, Mourea
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in a rural location, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Rotoiti and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Okere Falls Scenic Reserve. Hell's Gate and Wai Ora Spa and Te Amorangi Museum are also within 9 miles (15 km).

      VR Rotorua Lake Resort AU$103
      VR Rotorua Lake Resort

      VR Rotorua Lake Resort

      366 State Highway 33, Mourea
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Rotoiti and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Okere Falls Scenic Reserve. Hell's Gate and Wai Ora Spa and Te Amorangi Museum are also within 6 miles (10 km).

        Athena Lakeside AU$243
        Athena Lakeside

        Athena Lakeside

        285 Whangamoa Drive RD 4, Okere Falls, Rotorua
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in a rural location, this bed & breakfast is within 20 mi (32 km) of Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools, Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest and Tamaki Maori Village. Polynesian Spa and Blue Baths are also within 20 mi (32 km).

          Lakefront Holiday Home AU$590
          Lakefront Holiday Home

          Lakefront Holiday Home

          364 Maniatutu Road, Lake Rotoiti, Okere Falls
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Offering direct access to the beach, this Okere Falls holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Rotoiti and within 9 mi (15 km) of Okere Falls Scenic Reserve and Lake Rotoehu. Hell's Gate and Wai Ora Spa and Te Amorangi Museum are also within 12 miles (20 km).

            The Homestead
            The Homestead

            The Homestead

            119 Whangamoa Drive, Okere Falls, Rotorua
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Okere Falls, this holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Rotoiti and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Okere Falls Scenic Reserve. Hell's Gate and Wai Ora Spa and Lake Rotoehu are also within 12 miles (20 km).

              Lake Rotoiti Retreat
              Lake Rotoiti Retreat

              Lake Rotoiti Retreat

              35a Otaramarae Road, Okere Falls, Rotorua
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Okere Falls, this holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Rotoiti and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Okere Falls Scenic Reserve. Hell's Gate and Wai Ora Spa and Lake Rotoehu are also within 12 miles (20 km).

                The Kaituna Cottage BNB
                The Kaituna Cottage BNB

                The Kaituna Cottage BNB

                3H Trout Pool Road, Okere Falls, Bay of Plenty
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Okere Falls, this spa cottage is within 1 mile (2 km) of Okere Falls Scenic Reserve and Lake Rotoiti. Hell's Gate and Wai Ora Spa and Te Amorangi Museum are also within 9 miles (15 km).