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Lake Rotorua

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Address: Rotorua, New Zealand
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The largest of a dozen lakes formed by volcanic activity, this clear, calm...

The largest of a dozen lakes formed by volcanic activity, this clear, calm lake offers cruises, kayaking and sailing, as well as great trout fishing.

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US$32.34*
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Lake Rotorua Paddle Boat Cruise with Breakfast or Lunch
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US$62.47*
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Parasailing on Lake Rotorua
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US$91.86*
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Lake Rotorua Hot Springs and Jet Boat Tour

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Beautiful lake

A beautiful lake that you can't miss when in Rotorua, surrounded by hot springs and lovely little buildings, you can't miss a good photo opoortunity while here! I recommend... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A beautiful lake that you can't miss when in Rotorua, surrounded by hot springs and lovely little buildings, you can't miss a good photo opoortunity while here! I recommend walking from town, along the lake to the government gardens! Very nice :)

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Richards Bay, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The day we took a walk at the lake front, it was overcast and windy. This might explain why nothing was happening there. We saw two seaplanes, an old steamship, Jetboats and yachts moored in the lake, but nothing was moving except for the ducks and seagulls. We walked the length of the lake waterfront and back, and still nothing... More 

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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent some time walking along the waterfront admiring both the scenery and the wildlife. There must have been a couple of hundred ducks (unknown variety to me). They were very black contrasting well with the multitude of black swans, I have seen them in pictures but never in the flesh. They gave the scene a peaceful and tranquil feel. There... More 

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Timmins, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We walked along the lake on the walking trail & thorouly enjoyed it. It is pretty & scenic. A little smelly near the sulpher vents.

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Quenington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is so much to see around the lake. Thermal springs in so many places, amazing birds are feeding around the shore. Trail walks take you into more remote areas and this is such a quiet area, so you rarely see anyone. The buildings around the lake make a lovely backdrop to the exploring.

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Due West, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful volcanic caldera lake with exceptional watersports. Very calm water great for kayaking, but the wind sometimes precludes parasailing.

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed in the Sudima Hotel right alongside the lake. From here we could see some amazing sights including birdlife on a steaming lake. Nearby there was a walk that took us a short distance alongsie the edge of the lake to include Cameron's Laughing Gas pool which I thought was fascinating. Not spectacular but definitely amazing. Also its amazing... More 

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Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We are here in nz for 8 wks and were told to visit as it's a must. Our first observation was that nothing is really signposted. You know it's there but it doesn't say much about anything. As we were staying on the lakeside and had a car we drove around stopping of at things as and when you fancied.... More 

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Ashby-de-la-Zouch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Rotorua really does have a real gem here. We visited most says during our month long stay in Rotorua. At weekends the lakeside is buzzing with tourists and locals enjoying the many waterborne activities that are available. Beautiful black swans swim on the lake. Maybe you just want to sit and watch the speedboats, the floatplanes, the helicopters or pedalos,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were lucky to have a campsite on the lake shore, for our motorhome. There was a lovely walk along the beach from it. We were surprised, that in spite of the high mineral content in the water, there were lots of swans on it. As with many geothermal areas we were able to dig in the sand to find... More 

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