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Located near Rotorua, Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) is popular with water skiers, swimmers and boaties. You can follow an easy walking track that circles around the lake.

Place overview


  • Boating
  • Picnicking
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping


  • Toilets
  • Check, clean, dry
    Stop the spread of didymo and other freshwater pests.

    Remember to Check, Clean, Dry all items before entering, and when moving between, waterways.

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      Know before you go

      Dogs, horses, vehicles (including bicycles and motorbikes), fires, removal of plants or animals, camping and hunting are not permitted in the scenic reserve.

      Stop the spread of Rotorua pest fish brochure.
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      Stop the spread and keep Rotorua lakes free of pest fish

      Report any sightings of koi carp (3-70 cm) or catfish (3-40 cm). Other fish of particular concern are rudd and gambusia.

      You can help by photographing any specimens caught and forwarding to your local DOC office and by following Check Clean Dry protocols.

      Invasive species are a problem because they reduce water quality and can compete with native species and trout.

      For further information, or to report suspicious fish, contact your local DOC office or phone 0800 DOC HOT.


      Rotorua Office
      Phone:      +64 7 349 7400
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