Holidays in Lake Rotokakahi

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Lake Rotokakahi showing a lake or waterhole

With stunning views and a serene atmosphere, it is easy to understand why this lake is regarded as sacred by the local Maori.

Enjoy tranquil strolls along the banks of Lake Rotokakahi and discover beautiful, hidden coves. Marvel at the luminous green water and lush forest and admire the pretty Motutawa Island at the lake’s center.

Covering an area of around 440 hectares (1,090 acres), Lake Rotokakahi is one of four smaller lakes set between the larger Rotorua and Tarawera lakes. Its name comes from kakahi, a type of edible freshwater shellfish that the local Maori once collected from the lake’s sandy bed.

Stand on the banks of the lake and note the vibrant green colour of the water. This is a stark contrast to neighbouring Lake Tikitapu where the water is a deep blue.

Set off for a hike through the lush tree-covered hills as they rise up all around the lake. As the trail twists and turns, try to spot native flora and bird species.

Walk north from the lake and see the blue water of Lake Tikitapu from the hillside between the two lakes; as long as the shrubs aren’t too overgrown, both lakes can be seen from this point.

At the southeast end of Lake Rotokakahi lies the secluded Kaiteriria Bay. Sit on the grass in the warming sun and look out toward the water where the shape of Motutawa Island can be seen offshore. In the past, this island was used as a burial ground by prominent tribes in the area.

Lake Rotokakahi is a 20-minute drive southeast of Roturua. Find a small parking lot at the north end of the lake, which also serves Lake Tikitapu. The spiritual significance of Lake Rotokakahi to Maori culture means that swimming, boating and fishing are strictly prohibited here. Bring a swimsuit and towel and swim in nearby Lake Tikitapu instead.

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465 Cheap Hotels Near Lake Rotokakahi

Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park
Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park
3 out of 5
723 Tarawera Rd, Lake Okareka
The price is AU$105 per night from 8 Dec. to 8 Dec.
Situated on a lake, this holiday park is within 9 mi (15 km) of Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest, Tamaki Maori Village and Rotorua Night Market. Blue Baths and ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (12 reviews)
"Lovely place, everything I needed, lovely staff"

Reviewed on 5 Jun. 2021

Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park
Tarawera Views - Luxury 5 Bedroom | Spa Pool & Fantastic Lake Views
Tarawera Views - Luxury 5 Bedroom | Spa Pool & Fantastic Lake Views
19D Temu Rd, Lake Tarawera, Bay of Plenty Region
Situated in Lake Tarawera, this holiday home is within 2 miles (3 km) of Buried Village, Lake Tarawera and Whakarewarewa Hot Springs. Lake Rotokakahi is 1.5 ...
5/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
great get away
"We stayed with our family and had a great time. A lovely quiet modem home"

Reviewed on 26 Feb. 2021

Tarawera Views - Luxury 5 Bedroom | Spa Pool & Fantastic Lake Views
Stylish + Modern - Lake Okareka
Stylish + Modern - Lake Okareka
11 Benn Road, Lake Okareka, Lake Okareka, Bay of Plenty Region
This family-friendly Lake Okareka holiday home is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Lake Okareka, Lake Tikitapu and Whakarewarewa Hot Springs. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Lovely Stay
"We had a great stay at this bach! Perfect for our young family. Close to Rotorua and attractions. We would stay again!"

Reviewed on 22 Nov. 2021

Stylish + Modern - Lake Okareka
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Top Lake Rotokakahi Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park
Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park
3 out of 5
723 Tarawera Rd, Lake Okareka
The price is AU$105 per night from 8 Dec. to 8 Dec.
Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park
Tarawera Views - Luxury 5 Bedroom | Spa Pool & Fantastic Lake Views
Tarawera Views - Luxury 5 Bedroom | Spa Pool & Fantastic Lake Views
19D Temu Rd, Lake Tarawera, Bay of Plenty Region
Tarawera Views - Luxury 5 Bedroom | Spa Pool & Fantastic Lake Views
Stylish + Modern - Lake Okareka
Stylish + Modern - Lake Okareka
11 Benn Road, Lake Okareka, Lake Okareka, Bay of Plenty Region
Stylish + Modern - Lake Okareka
Okareka Escape - Private Apartment with Lake Views @ Lake Okareka
Okareka Escape - Private Apartment with Lake Views @ Lake Okareka
59 Acacia Rd, A, Lake Okareka, Bay of Plenty Region
Okareka Escape - Private Apartment with Lake Views @ Lake Okareka
Waterfront Escape - Huge Lakefront Home - Private Jetty, Kayaks & Wifi
Waterfront Escape - Huge Lakefront Home - Private Jetty, Kayaks & Wifi
59 Acacia Rd, Lake Okareka, Bay of Plenty Region
Waterfront Escape - Huge Lakefront Home - Private Jetty, Kayaks & Wifi
Lake View Okareka - Lake Okareka Holiday Home
Lake View Okareka - Lake Okareka Holiday Home
10 Okareka Loop Road, Lake Okareka, Bay of Plenty Region
Lake View Okareka - Lake Okareka Holiday Home
Holiday House at Lake Tarawera, Rotorua
Holiday House at Lake Tarawera, Rotorua
Spencer Rd, Tarawera, Lake Tarawera, Bay of Plenty Region
Holiday House at Lake Tarawera, Rotorua
Charming Holiday Hideaway near the Lake
Charming Holiday Hideaway near the Lake
19 Summit Road, Lake Okareka, Bay of Plenty Region
The price is AU$155 per night from 8 Dec. to 8 Dec.
Charming Holiday Hideaway near the Lake
Lake Okareka Quiet Haven
Lake Okareka Quiet Haven
Summit Road, Lake Okareka, Lake Okareka, Bay of Plenty Region
Lake Okareka Quiet Haven
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.