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Enjoy native bush and quiet beaches. The track provides good opportunities to look out over the Blue Lake (Tikitapu) and Green Lake (Rotokakahi).

Track overview

5.5 km loop

Walking and tramping

1.5hr Easy: Walking track

Dog access

Dogs on a leash only

  • 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.

About this track


Green Lake, Rotorua Lakes.
Views of Green Lake can be seen from the Blue Lake Track

Going in a clockwise direction, the track begins at the north-east end of the Lake. Head along the shore and follow the roadside section south, watching for oncoming traffic.

About a third of the way, the track enters the bush, following the lake until coming to a secluded beach at the south end. Head up the stairs to the car park and take a right to continue around the lake.

The track continues at this elevation heading north through Whakarewarewa Forest. The track slowly descends into native bush to the lake level and exits at the north-eastern side of the beach.

At the northern side of the lake is a boat ramp. The Blue Lake beaches and surrounding grassed areas are all popular for summer picnics. Facilities include toilets, rubbish bins, a children's playground, barbecues and swimming areas.

For longer excursions into the Redwoods and Whakarewarewa Forest, contact the Redwoods Gift Shop & Visitor Centre on Long Mile Rd, off Tarawera Rd, phone +64 7 350 0110 or see

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Getting there

Tikitapu / Blue Lake is situated 9 km south-east of Rotorua, via Te Ngae Road then a right turn at the roundabout into Tarawera Road.

Know before you go

Stop the spread of Rotorua pest fish brochure.
Stop the spread of Rotorua pest fish brochure. View larger (PDF, 1,110K)

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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