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Lake Tarawera
Travel Guide

Lake Tarawera which includes a sandy beach as well as a small group of people

Surrounded by picnic areas, camping spots and bushwalking trails, this scenic lake is a favourite holiday destination for New Zealanders.

The glassy waters of Lake Tarawera wrap themselves around one side of the infamous Mount Tarawera, a towering volcano with a tragic history. This is the largest of the lakes that surround the volcano, covering an enormous 41 square kilometres (16 square miles). Visit the lake to fish for rainbow trout, swim at its hot water beaches and hike its network of walking trails to reach campsites, picnic spots and cascading waterfalls. Tour operators in the area can facilitate your adventures but Lake Tarawera’s accessibility is what attracts its broad range of visitors.

Explore the area surrounding the lake on foot to discover the natural beauty of Lake Tarawera. Hiking trails traverse the park, with a high concentration of trailheads at the Tarawera Outlet. Embark on a 4-hour return trip to the Tarawera Falls to feel the thick mist generated by the cascading water. If you’re feeling more adventurous, trek to the Hot Water Beach Campsite. Bring ample water and food for the journey, which takes 6 hours each way. Reserve a campsite to avoid disappointment during the popular summer months.

Those not up for a 6-hour trek can still discover the campsites and picnic areas of Lake Terawera. Take a water taxi to reach Hot Water Beach and bathe in the warm shallows. The geothermic activity of the volcano has created pockets of heated water where you can relax with a warm soak.

Learn about the tragic historic of the Māori village of Te Wairoa, which was destroyed in the 19th century when the volcano erupted, forming the lake. Join a scenic boat tour to have landmarks pointed out to you.

Lake Terawara is located about 45 minutes from the Kawerau township by car. Obtain a permit prior to arriving at the lake. This service, along with tour operators and charter boats, can be arranged in Kawerau.

Solitaire Lodge
Solitaire Lodge
5 out of 5
16 Ronald Road, Lake Tarawera, Rotorua
The price is AU$1,526 per night from 25 Jun. to 25 Jun.
Situated near the airport, this luxury lodge is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Tarawera and 4.8 mi (7.7 km) from Buried Village. Whakarewarewa: The Living Maori Village ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (16 reviews)
"Service was excellent, food was great, Common lounge areas were comfortable, our room had fantastic lake views but the resort itself generally needs updating."

Reviewed on 13 Jun. 2020

Solitaire Lodge
Boat Shed at Lake Tarawera - Bach OF THE Year
Boat Shed at Lake Tarawera - Bach OF THE Year
145 Spencer Rd, Lake Tarawera, Lake Tarawera, Bay of Plenty Region
This family-friendly Lake Tarawera holiday home is located on the beach, within 3 mi (5 km) of Lake Tarawera and Buried Village. Lake Rotokakahi and Lake Tikitapu ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (84 reviews)
Wonderful lakefront retreat
"We had an amazing stay and would highly recommended this property"

Reviewed on 11 Jun. 2021

Boat Shed at Lake Tarawera - Bach OF THE Year
Relax in Comfort in our Well Equipped Lake House
Relax in Comfort in our Well Equipped Lake House
500 Spencer Road, Lake Tarawera, Lake Tarawera, Bay of Plenty Region
This family-friendly Lake Tarawera holiday home is located on a lake, 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Lake Tarawera, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Whakarewarewa Hot Springs ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (63 reviews)
Secluded spot by the lake
"Loved our weekend stay, comfortable bach with all the amenities you need and more. Stunning views, very quiet, surrounded by lush trees and bird life. Already planning our next stay in the summer months, and looking forward to the swim and boating on the lake. Owners were very helpful and responsive, ..."

Reviewed on 31 May 2021

Relax in Comfort in our Well Equipped Lake House
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.
Boat Shed at Lake Tarawera - Bach OF THE Year
Boat Shed at Lake Tarawera - Bach OF THE Year
145 Spencer Rd, Lake Tarawera, Lake Tarawera, Bay of Plenty Region
This family-friendly Lake Tarawera holiday home is located on the beach, within 3 mi (5 km) of Lake Tarawera and Buried Village. Lake Rotokakahi and Lake Tikitapu ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (84 reviews)
Wonderful lakefront retreat
"We had an amazing stay and would highly recommended this property"

Reviewed on 11 Jun. 2021

Boat Shed at Lake Tarawera - Bach OF THE Year
Spencer Lodge
Spencer Lodge
4.5 out of 5
144 Spencer Rd, Lake Tarawera, Bay Of Plenty
Situated near the airport, this luxury holiday home is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Lake Tarawera and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Buried Village. Lake Tikitapu and Lake Okareka ...
Spencer Lodge
The Wright House at Lake Tarawera
The Wright House at Lake Tarawera
4 out of 5
297 Spencer Road, Lake Tarawera
Situated near the beach, this holiday home is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Lake Tarawera and within 6 miles (10 km) of Whakarewarewa Hot Springs and Buried Village. ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
"The house is in a beautiful position, fantastic for large groups with seperate living and sleeping areas. Amazing access to the lake, and all the amenities you could ever need. Highly recommend."

Reviewed on 16 Mar. 2020

The Wright House at Lake Tarawera
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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