Lake Rotorua Attractions

There are many attractions around Lake Rotorua to keep you busy for a few days. For casual walking and just taking in nature and the scenery, Rotorua Lakefront and Hamurana Springs are good options. If you want to get in touch more with Maori culture, you could take a trip to Mokoia Island or Whakarewarewa Thermal Village. In case you want to experience the power of nature at its raw and beautiful state, Pohutu Geyser or Sulphur Point are the best options. One thing is for sure: there are a lot of attractions to choose from, that cater to all tastes.

Mokoia Island

Location: Centre of Lake Rotorua.
Description: One of the best-known lake islands in New Zealand, Mokoia Island is a wildlife sanctuary that can only be accessed via guided tours.

Hamurana Springs Nature Reserve

Location: On the northern shore of the lake, 15 minutes by car from Rotorua.
Description: This crystal-clear, beautiful freshwater spring is the deepest natural spring in the North Island.

Sulphur Point

Location: On the southernmost edge of Lake Rotorua.
Description:  Home to a wildlife refuge and a wildlife sanctuary, Sulphur Point is a perfect example of the region's geothermal environment.

Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley

Location: Approximately 4.5 kilometres to the south of Lake Rotorua.
Description: An active geothermal area with hot pools, geysers, and boiling mud, where Māori people have lived for centuries.

Pōhutu Geyser

Location: Approximately 4.5 kilometres to the south of Lake Rotorua inside Te Puia, in Whakarewarewa geothermal valley.
Description: The largest geyser in New Zealand and in the entire Southern Hemisphere, its name is translated as "big splash".