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Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake)
Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake)

Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake)

Free admission
Tarawera Road, Lake Tikiapu Scenic Reserve, Rotorua, New Zealand

The Basics

Thanks to the pumice and rhyolite that lie at the bottom of Tikitapu and are reflected by the sun, the blue color of this small lake makes it very inviting to swimmers. Visitors can also splash into Lake Tikitapu on an amphibious Duck vehicle tour, or opt to soar above the lake and marvel at the aerial views on a helicopter or seaplane flight.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Blue Lake is the best place in Rotorua for swimming and water skiing.

  • The site is a favorite of travelers with children.

  • There are public toilets, barbecue facilities, picnic areas, and a playground.

  • Select a guided day trip to see Lake Rotokakahi (Green Lake) in addition to geysers and mud pools.

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How to Get There

Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) lies 5.5 miles (9 kilometers) southeast of Rotorua. Of all the lakes around Rotorua, it is the closest to town. Scenic tours with a guide provide access to multiple natural features and often include round-trip hotel transport from Rotorua.

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When to Get There

Blue Lake is accessible daily, year-round. A boat ramp on the north end of the lake can make the lake a busy destination on weekends. Despite its small size and shallow depth, the water is relatively cool, and the north-end beach is the place to be on the hottest days of summer.

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Hiking Under Redwoods

If you’d prefer to work up a sweat before cooling off with a swim, a 3.5-mile (5.6-kilometer) walking trail encircles the entire lake. Hike beneath the shaded redwood groves of the Whakarewarewa Forest, and leave footprints in the sand before jumping in for a swim. From parts of the trail, you can enjoy clear views of neighboring Green Lake and its protected, sacred waters.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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